HOME/ABOUT  Prayer  SCOTUS  ProLife  BangList  Aliens  StatesRights  ConventionOfStates  WOT  HomosexualAgenda  GlobalWarming  Corruption  Taxes  Congress  Fraud  MediaBias  GovtAbuse  Tyranny  Obama  ObamaCare  Elections  Polls  Debates  Trump  Carson  Cruz  Bush  OPSEC  Benghazi  InfoSec  BigBrother  IRS  Scandals  TalkRadio  TeaParty  FreeperBookClub  HTMLSandbox  FReeperEd  FReepathon  CopyrightList  Copyright/DMCA Notice 

Dear FRiends, Please keep those donations coming in. We need your loyal support now more than ever. Thank you for your support, James

Or by mail to: Free Republic, LLC - PO Box 9771 - Fresno, CA 93794
Free Republic 4th Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $74,012
Woo hoo!! And now less than $14k to go!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: bbcnews

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Dunstable Bald squirrel "Safe And Alive" After Capture

    11/23/2015 3:08:08 PM PST · by goldstategop · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/23/2015 | BBC News
    A centre spokesman confirmed to the BBC the squirrel was "safe and alive" but could not reveal any further information about what would happen to it now. 'Genetic defect' The RSPCA said under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 it was generally illegal to release grey squirrels back to the wild once treated by a vet. Dr Helen McRobie, a lecturer in biomedical science at the Anglia Ruskin University, said she had never heard of a bald squirrel before but it would "need to be kept in the warm once the temperature drops". "This is very rare. I have been...
  • Beirut attacks: Suicide bombers Kill Dozens In Shia Suburb

    11/12/2015 2:01:34 PM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/12/2015 | BBC News
    At least 37 people have been killed and 181 wounded in two suicide bomb attacks in a residential area of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, officials say. The bombers blew themselves up in a busy street in the southern suburb of Burj al-Barajneh, a stronghold of the Shia Islamist Hezbollah movement. The Sunni jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility, but there has been no independent confirmation. It is the deadliest bombing in Beirut since the civil war ended 25 years ago. Prime Minister Tammam Salam condemned the attacks as "unjustifiable" and called on Lebanon's rival factions to unite against "plans...
  • Why Obama Is Powerless To Reform Gun Laws (Its The 2nd Amendment, Stupid Alert)

    10/03/2015 7:55:49 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/03/2015 | Anthony Zurcher
    And those victorious Republican candidates are selected in primaries where the financial support of deep-pocketed pro-gun lobbying groups like the National Rifle Association can prove decisive and the voters who turn out are the kind of conservatives who don't take kindly to a candidate in favour of greater restrictions on gun ownership. It's a political environment where Republican officeholders face grassroot challenges if they're deemed insufficiently conservative but never if they're not moderate enough. Congress isn't just against high-profile gun regulation - even measures supported by a large majority of the American people - it also prohibits federal efforts to...
  • China Parade To Commemorate WW2 Defeat Of Japan (70th Anniversary Of China's Victory in WWII)

    09/02/2015 2:10:09 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    09/02/2015 | BBC News
    China is set to showcase its military might in a parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War Two. Some 12,000 troops and 200 aircraft, as well as tanks and missiles, will go on display in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. More than 80% of the machinery will be shown in public for the first time, state media said. China's growing military capabilities will be keenly watched amid geo-political tensions in the region. President Xi Jinping, who is also commander of the armed forces, will be centre stage at the proceedings along with more than 30 foreign government officials and...
  • Five Ways Trump Has Changed The 2016 Republican Presidential Race

    09/01/2015 4:33:04 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/01/2015 | Anthony Zurcher
    1. He's advancing a populist economic message Tax-cutting and deregulation have been key parts of Republican orthodoxy since the days of Ronald Reagan. Mr Trump isn't reading from that particular hymnal, however. Instead he preaches a populist salvation for the economically disaffected. Poll after poll shows economic security is the most important issue for Republican voters, and Mr Trump's entire message - his anti-illegal-immigration stance, his condemnation of Chinese and Mexican trade practices, his calls for taxation of Wall Street hedge fund managers and his constant touting of his resume as a successful businessman and "job-creator" - is built around...
  • The Washing Away Of Cajun Culture

    08/27/2015 2:26:34 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/27/2015 | James Fletcher
    More than a football field of land disappears every hour. As the land erodes, people in coastal communities move "up the bayou" - inland to bigger towns and cities. But as the smaller coastal communities are dispersed, traditional ways of life are under threat. "I am the last generation of fluent speakers of French here," say Cheramie, before launching into a demonstration of the Cajun dialect. "I think French culture is lost." It's not just the language that he sees disappearing. "Our culture of fishing and hunting and trapping, appreciating the marsh - nobody else has what we have here,...
  • What The Conservatives Have Pledged To Do

    05/11/2015 11:51:35 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 05/11/2015 | BBC News
    Many of the party's main pledges were in its manifesto, but some were also made later in the election campaign. The party said it would: Introduce a law guaranteeing no rise in income tax rates, VAT or national insurance before 2020 Invest an extra £8bn a year for the NHS by 2020 Hold a referendum on membership of the EU by 2017 Open 500 more free schools Extend the right-to-buy scheme to housing association tenants in England Build 200,000 starter homes Ensure all people who work 30 hours per week on the minimum wage pay no income tax Double free...
  • Election 2015: Conservatives Big Winners Across England

    05/08/2015 10:12:20 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 05/08/2015 | BBC News
    The Conservatives have emerged as the dominant force in English politics after a string of surprising wins in key constituencies. Significant gains in the marginal "killing fields" helped the party to a comfortable majority. In a night of upheaval, seats previously considered Labour and Lib Dem strongholds turned blue as results trickled in. Several high-profile names including Ed Balls and Vince Cable lost their seats. Failure to win key marginals, combined with Labour losses in Scotland, prompted Ed Miliband to stand down. Meanwhile, Nick Clegg resigned as Liberal Democrat leader after his party suffered heavy losses and UKIP leader Nigel...
  • Tesla Unveils Battery To Power Homes (Solar Energy Storage & Backup Generator Alert)

    05/01/2015 12:33:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 74 replies
    BBC News ^ | 05/01/2015 | BBC News
    Chief executive Elon Musk announced the firm would build batteries that store solar energy and serve as a back-up system for consumers during blackouts. The device would allow consumers to get off a power grid or bring energy to remote areas that are not on a grid. Tesla plans to start shipping the units to installers in the US by this summer. In a highly anticipated event near Los Angeles, Mr Musk said the move could help change the "entire energy infrastructure of the world". "Tesla Energy is a critical step in this mission to enable zero emission power generation,"...
  • The country where you can choose your tax rate (Mali - Not Your Typical Tax Haven, Dude)

    03/16/2015 7:47:16 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/16/2015 | BBC News
    Mrs Yattara leads me to her boss, Mr Kante. He has an office all to himself, and offers me a seat... a seat from which I can hardly see him. Tax rule books and copies of Finance Ministry decrees are piled into turrets all around his desk. He asks me questions about my expenses as a freelance journalist. It's unnerving because he is writing things down but I can't see what. Mr Kante ''You have the choice between two income tax regimens, 30% or 3%, which shall it be?'' ''Oh well... err 3%?'' I venture. ''Three per cent it is,"...
  • Russia's Putin Reappears After 10-Day Absence (Life Would Be Boring Without Rumors Alert)

    03/16/2015 4:58:42 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/16/2015 | BBC News
    According to a tweet from the meeting in St Petersburg, Mr Atambayev said that Mr Putin "just took me for a little drive - he was at the wheel - nearby here, and I can confirm that he's in excellent form". The Russian TV news channel Rossiya 24 also showed some brief footage of Mr Putin at the meeting, without sound. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov - quoted in a Russian journalist's tweet - said St Petersburg was chosen as a convenient venue for Mr Atambayev, whose daughter is studying there. Mr Peskov was also quoted as saying the "little drive"...
  • Where's Putin? The Best Of The Memes (SATIRE ALERT)

    03/16/2015 3:47:20 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/16/2015 | BBC News
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has not been seen in public for nearly two weeks and the internet has responded to his vanishing act in the only way it knows how: memes.
  • Crimea Leader Says It Will Never Again Be Part Of Ukraine (Accession Anniversary Alert)

    03/15/2015 11:19:01 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/16/2015 | BBC News
    Crimea's [Head Of Republic] But Mr Aksyonov denied that Russia had done anything wrong. Sergei Aksyonov said the annexation of the peninsula by Russia one year ago had been a "democratic act". "I can tell you that no-one took anything," he told the BBC's John Simpson. "That was the choice of the Crimeans. Nothing could happen without the support of the local population which is why this was not an act of aggression, but a real democratic act. "This is the main mistake and misunderstanding of Western leaders. People are misinformed by the media which is failing to give an...
  • Singapore to cane and jail two Germans for vandalism (Singapore Tough Love Alert)

    03/05/2015 12:52:29 AM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/05/2015 | BBC News
    Two German men have been sentenced to three strokes of a cane and nine months in jail in Singapore for vandalism and trespassing. Andreas Von Knorre and Elton Hinz pleaded guilty to entering a train depot and spraying graffiti on a train. Singapore has strict laws on vandalism, and has caned and jailed foreigners in the past for the offence. These include a Swiss national in 2010 and US teenager Michael Fay whose 1994 caning sparked global controversy. Von Knorre, 22, and Hinz, 21, had flown into Singapore from Australia in November last year and vandalised a train during their...
  • Ukraine Crisis: What Is Novorossiya Role?

    02/16/2015 7:29:13 PM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 02/16/2015 | Dina Newman
    A Russian public movement called "Novorossiya" (New Russia) provides help for the rebels in eastern Ukraine and is now on the EU sanctions list. Historically Novorossiya was a large swathe of southern and eastern Ukraine which became part of imperial Russia. Who supports Novorossiya? The movement has representatives in several large Russian cities and a network of collection points. Its supporters include conservative Orthodox Christians, nationalists and monarchists. Mr Strelkov is an outspoken critic of corruption in the rebel-held areas and says he personally monitors distribution of Novorossiya aid, to make sure it reaches the right people. Being subject to...
  • Why America Loves A Police Car Chase

    02/14/2015 3:31:00 PM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 02/13/2015 | James Morgan
    Famous televised police chase endings include a stolen timber lorry which ignited in flames and a school bus hijacking in Miami where the suspect was killed in a shootout. In Monday's chase, the suspect was caught when his vehicle got wedged between two cars. Fleeing on foot, we see him arrested live on air, as the TV commentator frantically urges his pilot to find a better angle. The morality of showing this on TV - and the danger of glorifying carjackers - has long been debated. But on Monday the local Fox, CBS and NBC stations all screened the chase....
  • Decoding North Korea's Fish And Mushroom Slogans (North Korean Propaganda Slogans Alert)

    02/12/2015 8:16:55 PM PST · by goldstategop · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 02/12/2015 | Magazine Monitor
    For the full list of slogans, as translated by BBC Monitoring, read on: Let us all turn out in the general offensive to hasten final victory in the revolutionary spirit of Paektu! Let us greet the 70th anniversaries of national liberation and Party founding with high political enthusiasm and brilliant labour feats! Let us glorify the 70th anniversaries of national liberation and Party founding as revolutionary, auspicious events noteworthy in the history of Kim Il Sung's nation and Kim Jong Il's Korea! The great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il are the eternal leaders of our revolution, the...
  • Do Dogs Know A Happy Face? (Video At Link)

    02/12/2015 10:19:17 AM PST · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 02/12/2015 | BBC News
    Dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions, a study has revealed. Researchers from the University of Vienna devised an experiment where 11 dogs were trained to associate either a happy or an angry face with a food reward. In a subsequent test, the scientists showed the dogs images , either of human faces they had not seen in their training, or of just half a human face.
  • Lost In Translation: Do Interpreter Apps work? (Real Time Machine Translation Alert)

    02/11/2015 10:19:49 AM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 02/10/2015 | Kevin Rawlinson
    If real-time translation apps can get it right, they could upend a lucrative sector. According to a recent report by the Economist newspaper - which cited consulting firm Common Sense Advisory - the language interpretation industry generates about $37bn (£24bn) worth of sales every year. But the problems I experienced in Bilbao suggest that processor-powered translations still have far to go. Those issues are indicative of speech recognition tech's limitations in general, according to Joseba Abaitua, an academic at the modern foreign languages department at Bilbao's University of Deusto. Mr Abaitua, who specialises in online communication, suggests that interacting via...
  • Rare Ferrari Found At French Farm Sells For 14m Euros ($16.2m USD Alert)

    02/06/2015 9:19:44 PM PST · by goldstategop · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | 02/06/2015 | BBC News
    A rare Ferrari sports car found rusting in a French farmhouse under a pile of old magazines has sold for 14.2m euros (£10.5m; $16.2m) at auction in Paris. The blue California Spider was hidden away for more than 50 years. One of only 37 ever made, it was once owned by the French actor Alain Delon and was discovered alongside dozens of other classic models.
  • Alibaba Begins Drone Delivery Trials In China

    02/04/2015 9:37:00 AM PST · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 02/04/2015 | Leo Kelion
    China's biggest internet retailer says it has begun testing drone-based deliveries to hundreds of customers. It says the trial will last three days and be limited to areas within a one-hour flight of its distribution centres in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The company's blog adds that it believes the technology has the potential to speed up deliveries. Amazon, Google and parcel service UPS are among other companies carrying out more private trials of such aircraft. Alibaba is using its drones to deliver orders for a specific type of ginger tea, helping limit the maximum weight of the packages to 340g...
  • How Russia Outfoxes Its Enemies (Maskirovka Alert)

    01/29/2015 5:09:18 AM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 1/28/2014 | Lucy Ash
    Russia's annexation of Crimea last year caught almost everyone off guard. The Russian military disguised its actions, and denied them - but those "little green men" who popped up in the Black Sea peninsula were a textbook case of the Russian practice of military deception - or maskirovka. At a cadet school in the southern suburbs of Moscow, Maj Gen Alexander Vladimirov heaves two enormous red volumes off his bookcase and slams them down on the table. "My Theory and Science of Warfare," he says, beaming. "It's three times longer than Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace!" Vladimirov, vice-president of Russia's...
  • Jilted John': eBay Honeymoon Man Jilted A Third Time (D'Oh Alert)

    01/18/2015 11:57:19 AM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/18/2015 | BBC News
    A man who auctioned his ex-fiancée's honeymoon place for charity on eBay has been jilted for a third time. John Whitbread, from Leicestershire, auctioned the £1,800 trip to the Dominican Republic in the hope of finding a female companion. The highest bidder failed to pay the winning sum of £8,000, and now the second highest bidder has pulled out after offering to pay £7,900. Mr Whitbread is now selling £10 raffle tickets for the chance to join him. All of the money raised from the "Jilted John" raffle will go to Balls to Cancer. "It's just been knock after knock...
  • Dog map: Find the top pooch in your postcode (UK Pooch Lovers)

    01/17/2015 5:20:43 PM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/17/2015 | Beth Rose & Andy Dangerfield
    So why are Labrador retrievers, Jack Russell terriers, and Staffordshire bull terriers the leading breeds? The popularity of these dogs is down to the fact they are "wonderfully loyal, easily-trained breeds, suitable for single owners, couples or families", said Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko. But the dog map shows while Labradors are more popular in rural areas, it is Staffies that are favoured in big cities. "Labradors are very popular working dogs and are equally as happy spending a day out in the field or in the woods as they are curled up on the sofa with their family," said...
  • Toy trains from the past 200 years (For Toy Train Buffs Alert)

    01/17/2015 5:03:44 PM PST · by goldstategop · 33 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/16/2015 | Paul Kerley
    What is it about toy trains that has continued to entertain children, admittedly mostly boys, for nearly two centuries? A major new exhibition is about to find out. They ran to your own personal timetable. Engineering work at weekends was rare. And there were never leaves on the line, just the occasional bit of fluff from the living room carpet. For decades, toy trains have enthralled generations of youngsters - and this coming March the National Railway Museum, in York, looks into why children love them so much, in its exhibition Playing Trains.
  • eBay honeymoon wife replacement auction reaches £1,800

    01/07/2015 12:48:20 PM PST · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/07/2015 | BBC News
    An online auction to join a man on his honeymoon after he split with his fiancée has reached £1,800. Instead of cancelling his holiday for two to the Dominican Republic, John Whitbread decided to offer the chance to join him to the highest eBay bidder. After an "overwhelming" response from 65 bidders, he has said he will donate some of the money to charity. Although the offer is only open to women, the 32-year-old insists he is not looking for romance.
  • Instant Translation – No Longer Sci-Fi

    12/19/2014 9:45:37 AM PST · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/19/2014 | Rory Cellan-Jones
    In any case, Skype's Translator and its rivals have some way to go before they can match the abilities of a skilled human linguist. You would not want them involved in vital negotiations between world leaders for example. But over the next decade, you can expect to chat to friends whose language you don't share without stopping to flick through a dictionary.
  • Marco Polo Brings Mongol Empire To Netflix (Netflix New Original Series Alert)

    12/12/2014 5:43:23 PM PST · by goldstategop · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/12/2014 | Genevieve Hassan
    Following on from the success of its original dramas House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Netflix is banking on its next series, Marco Polo, being a similar hit. The adventures of famed explorer Marco Polo in 13th Century China are being told in a new series for Netflix. Set in Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan's court and with a rumoured $90m (£57m) budget, its epic nature, battle scenes and sexual content has inevitably drawn comparisons to Game of Thrones - although creator John Fusco points out Polo's books came first. Starring British actor Benedict Wong as Kublai and...
  • What's Next For Politics In Israel As Government Falls?

    12/03/2014 6:20:17 AM PST · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 12/03/2014 | Kevin Connolly
    None of this is a shock in the world of Israeli politics - the current coalition government is the 33rd to be created in the 66 years since the foundation of the state. You do not need the powerful graphics computer of an election night TV programme to tell you that two years is around the average life of a coalition arrangement. At least one poll has suggested that most Israelis are not convinced that it was really necessary to dissolve Parliament and the influential newspaper Haaretz has described the coming elections as superfluous. (snip) One unpredictable factor is the...
  • Libya Diner Bombed After Graphic Video On Social Media (Darwin Candidate Award Alert)

    11/27/2014 7:55:50 AM PST · by goldstategop · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/27/2014 | BBC News
    A fast-food restaurant in Tripoli was bombed on Wednesday night after a video shared on social media showed a migrant worker defiling food in its kitchen. In the video, a worker masturbated over food and said he was "putting HIV sperm" in the meals.
  • The Victorian Beard Craze (O Behold The Politically Incorrect Beard)

    11/16/2014 9:44:58 PM PST · by goldstategop · 46 replies
    Lucinda Hawksley ^ | 11/16/2014 | BBC News
    By the time the last troops returned home, beards were the mark of a hero. Men who had never seen any military action began to grow beards. Within a few years, it was almost impossible to see a beard-free male face in Victorian Britain - except in Buckingham Palace, as Prince Albert refused to conform to the fashion. In America, the return of the beard began at around the same date. This was partly fuelled by fashion plates from British magazines, which were read avidly in America for the latest word in European fashion. Many American men, however, also decided...
  • Swiss Cottage Tesco Staff Tell blind woman to 'Get Dog Out'

    10/16/2014 6:00:31 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 28 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/16/2014 | BBC News
    A blind woman was left "horrified" and "distressed" when staff at Tesco in north London shouted at her to get her guide dog out. Maya Makri, 39, was in the Swiss Cottage shop 10 days after moving to the capital when she was told "never come back". She said three cashiers shouted "no pets allowed" and to leave the shop. Tesco said: "This clearly should never have happened and we will contact Ms Makri directly to apologise." 'Very upsetting' During the incident on Monday, Ms Makri said her guide dog of six years, Jemma, was wearing a high-visibility jacket and...
  • Putin Guest Of Honour At Serbia Military Parade (70th Anniversary Of Liberation Of Belgrade)

    10/16/2014 1:34:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/16/2014 | BBC News
    The Russian and Serbian leaders watched as jets, including a Russian aerobatic team, flew in formation over Belgrade to applause from the crowd. More than 3,000 Serbian soldiers took part in the parade, marching in heavy rain, with tanks, rockets and boats all featuring.... The event is likely to play well among Serbs and Russians nostalgic for Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union. In another nod to the two countries' historic relations, a statue of Russia's last Tsar, Nicholas II, was erected this week in Belgrade.
  • China cult murder trial: Two members sentenced to death

    10/10/2014 11:43:30 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/11/2014 | BBC News
    A Chinese court has sentenced five cult members for beating a woman to death at a McDonald's restaurant in Shandong province last May. Two members were given death sentences, one was given a life sentence, and two were given 10 and seven-year jail terms. The victim was allegedly killed after she refused to give her phone number to the members, who tried to recruit her. The Church of the Almighty God cult is banned in China. However, it claims to have millions of members. 'A demon' Zhang Fan and her father Zhang Lidong were given death sentences by the Yantai...
  • UKIP gains first elected MP with Clacton win

    10/09/2014 8:00:49 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/09/2014 | BBC News
    n his acceptance speech Mr Carswell, who gained 21,113 votes (59.75%) on a 44% swing from the Conservatives, said: "I resigned from parliament to face this election because I answer first, foremost and last to you. You are my boss. I will not let you down. "To my new party I offer these thoughts: humility when we win, modesty when we are proved right. If we speak with passion, let it always be tempered by compassion. "We must be a party for all Britain and all Britons: first and second generation as much as every other. Our strength must lie...
  • What Russia Is Learning From Frank Sinatra

    10/05/2014 6:30:53 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/05/2014 | Steve Rosenberg
    Russia's new state news agency has just received a huge injection of cash. Rossiya Segodnya - which means Russia Today - was created by Vladimir Putin less than a year ago to promote Russia around the world. Its budget for next year is reportedly two-and-a-half times bigger than this year's - a sign of how important information is to the Kremlin. I telephoned Rossiya Segodnya to request an interview. When they put me on hold, I was astonished by the music pumped down the line. Now, what tune would you expect to hear, on hold to the news agency of...
  • A Point of View: Why Short Men make Better Husbands

    10/04/2014 9:13:59 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/04/2014 | BBC News
    For the prime of a short man's life - Napoleon is the model here again - his shortness is not thematised at all. On horseback in the paintings by David or the Baron Gros, or enthroned by Ingres, Napoleon may look moon-faced, and the little ringlet that dangles above his eye may seem dandyish, but the last thing he looks is short. It is only later on Elba and St Helena that his diminutive stature becomes part of his self-knowledge. The true Napoleonic moment is when age and circumstances conspire to remind the short man of his stature. It was...
  • It Is Nuts To Serve Squirrel Burger (Andrew Zimmerman Weird Foods Alert)

    10/04/2014 10:58:17 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 52 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/04/2014 | BBC News
    It takes at least three grey squirrels to make a basic quarter-pounder
  • Caption Challenge: Surfer Dog

    10/02/2014 8:19:24 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    BBC News ^ | 10/02/2014 | BBC News
    I roolz... poople droolz
  • Austria’s Alps Hit By Climate Change (Climate Change Doom-mongering Alert)

    09/17/2014 11:01:55 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/17/2014 | Bethany Bell
    One of the scientists behind the document, Helga Kromp-Kolb from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, told Austria's ORF TV that the above-average increases in temperature were due to Austria's landlocked position and its sensitive Alpine regions. "We are a continental area, which gives us a higher rise in temperature and… we are in a mountain region where the decrease in snow cover intensifies the warming process", she said. The report says that in the last 130 years, sunshine in the Alps has increased by approximately 20%. It says that snow cover, particularly at mid-altitude elevations,...
  • Neverendum referendum: Voting on independence, Quebec-style

    09/07/2014 8:59:20 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 2 replies
    BBC News ^ | 09/07/2014 | Nick Bryant
    Though Canada's political centre of gravity of gravity has shifted westward in recent times - the country's conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, though Toronto-born, represents a constituency in resource-rich Alberta - this trend has not sparked a separatist revival. Paradoxically, the two referenda were held when two pro-Canada Quebecers, Pierre Trudeau and Jean Chretien, were Prime Minister. A key difference between Scotland and Quebec is the simplicity of the six-word question posed in the referendum: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" In 1995, Quebecers faced a 43-word question that many voters found incomprehensible. In 1980, it ran to a riddle-like...
  • Putin 'urges talks on statehood for east Ukraine' (Putin Toughens Position)

    08/31/2014 4:31:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 203 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08/31/2014 | BBC News
    President Putin has called for talks to discuss "statehood" for eastern Ukraine, Russian media report. He said the issue needed to be discussed to ensure the interests of local people "are definitely upheld". His comments came after the EU gave Russian a one-week ultimatum to reverse course in Ukraine or face sanctions.
  • World Cup 2014: Joachim Low eyes years of Germany success

    07/13/2014 3:22:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/12/2014 | Phil McNulty
    As Germany seek their first World Cup win since 1990, when they beat Argentina in Rome, Low, 54, relished the prospect of re-writing the history books with winning on this continent. "We know we can write history," he said. "In the past we have never had this. Latin Americans, on this continent, have dominated all the time. So why not? This could be an additional joy for us if we were to win as Europeans on Latin American soil." And the prospect of facing Messi as he tries to emulate Diego Maradona, who inspired Argentina to their last World Cup...
  • World Cup 2014: Germans certain their team will beat Argentina

    07/11/2014 9:16:22 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/11/2014 | Patrick Strasser
    Life is a challenge these days in Germany if you are not a football fan. You simply cannot avoid it. The media is awash with interest in Sunday's World Cup final, with the 'Nationalelf' (national 11) involved against old rivals Argentina. The stunning 7-1 semi-final win over hosts Brazil resulted in football euphoria only seen before in the country when West Germany won previous World Cup tournaments in 1954, 1974 and 1990. "Three days to go", "two days to go", "one day to go" - these have been the headlines from Germany's biggest selling tabloid Bild. It's the countdown to...
  • Ukraine crisis: Eastern rebels claim 'self-rule' poll victory

    05/11/2014 10:18:48 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 20 replies
    BBC News ^ | 05/12/2014 | BBC News
    Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region have claimed a resounding victory in a "self-rule" referendum, saying 89% voted in favour. In Luhansk, another eastern region, the results - also expected to show a strong backing - will be released soon. BBC reporters at polling stations spoke of chaotic scenes, no voting booths in places and no electoral register. Ukraine called the vote a "criminal farce" organised by Russia. The EU and US also said the polls were illegal. Separatists claimed two people were killed by armed men loyal to Kiev in the city of Krasnoarmiisk. But otherwise the voting...
  • Rare 'hamster-sized' Java mouse-deer born in Spain (WARNING: CUTE VIDEO ALERT)

    04/27/2014 11:00:19 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/25/2014 | BBC News
    A baby Java mouse-deer, one of the smallest hoofed animals in the world, has been born at a zoo in southern Spain. The newborn deer is "no bigger than a hamster" and weighs about 100 grams, according to staff at Bioparc Fuengirola, in Andalusia. Adult Java mouse-deer are rarely bigger than rabbits or weigh more than 1kg (2.2lb).
  • Liberals set to form majority Quebec government (Socialists Crushed Alert)

    04/07/2014 9:32:03 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 04/07/2014 | BBC News
    Quebec's Liberal Party is set to form a majority provincial government, routing a bid by Quebec's main separatist party for their own majority. Liberals have won 41% of the vote, with nearly all ballots counted. Parti Quebecois (PQ) leader Pauline Marois has resigned in response to the crushing defeat, with her party only obtaining 25%. She dissolved the PQ-led minority government last month, after coalition partners blocked the party's agenda. Liberal leader Philippe Couillard will now become the province's premier. The election centred on PQ's controversial Charter of Values, which would ban public employees from wearing religious items, and a...
  • Israel's ex-PM Ehud Olmert convicted of bribery

    03/30/2014 11:53:45 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 6 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/31/2014 | BBC News
    Israel's former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has been found guilty in a bribery trial in a case which forced him to resign to office in 2008. Mr Olmert was convicted in what is known as the "Holyland affair" in which bribes were paid and received to speed up a luxury property development.
  • No Ukraine Accord In Russia-US Talks (As Expected Alert)

    03/14/2014 10:20:33 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 9 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/14/2014 | BBC News
    Russia and the US have "no common vision" on the crisis in Ukraine, Russia's foreign minister has said after talks with his US counterpart. However Sergei Lavrov added that his meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry had been "constructive". Mr Kerry said the US was "deeply concerned" about Russian troop deployments on Ukraine's eastern border and in Crimea. The two foreign ministers held six hours of talks in London. Mr Lavrov told reporters that Russia had no plans to invade south-eastern Ukraine. Russia would "respect the will of the people of Crimea", he said, ahead of Sunday's referendum there....
  • Kim Jong-Un In Unanimous Vote Win (Wins Seat In NK Parliament With 100% Of The Vote)

    03/10/2014 3:12:05 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 03/10/2014 | BBC News
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been elected to the country's rubber-stamp parliament with a unanimous vote from his district, state media say. Mr Kim's 100% approval from his Mount Paektu constituency reflects the "absolute support" of people in the country, KCNA news agency says. The elections for the Supreme People's Assembly on Sunday had just one name on the ballot for each district. It was the first time such a poll had been held since Mr Kim assumed power.