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  • 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,"...
  • Israeli NGO Wins Historic $330m. judgment against North Korea... (Shurat HaDin Wins Suit)

    04/12/2015 11:57:36 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 4 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 04/13/2015 | Yonah Jeremy Bob
    The case was over the abduction of Dong-Shik, a South Korean who was a permanent resident of the US and had spent seven years providing aid and proselytizing to North Korean defectors. An Israeli NGO announced on Monday that a US federal court in Washington, DC has granted it a historic $330 million default award judgment against North Korea in a civil damages trial for wrongful death, torture and kidnapping. The judgment, only announced Monday, but written on April 9, included $15 million dollars each to the son and brother of Reverend Dong Shik Kim, presumed dead, as well as...
  • Israel's Netanyahu Appears Poised To build New Coalition After Securing Majority Backing

    03/23/2015 6:09:05 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | 03/23/2015 | AP
    Israel's Prime Minister has secured a majority of backers in the new parliament and will now be tasked with forming the next government. Israel's ceremonial President, Reuven Rivlin, was meeting Monday with the parties in Parliament to hear their recommendations before appointing who will form the next coalition government. After a resounding election victory for his Likud party, Benjamin Netanyahu was assured of getting that nod. It became a formality after the new centrist party Kulanu gave its nod to Netanyahu as well, giving him 61 backers out of the 120 in Parliament.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu Scores Majority Needed To Form Government

    03/23/2015 6:02:40 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/23/2015 | Nick Gass
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured the requisite majority of parliamentary members to form a government, according to reports from the country’s media. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin continues to meet with factions Monday, with an announcement tasking Netanyahu to form his government expected later in the day. Representatives from Kulanu — a crucial centrist swing party — met with Rivlin to recommend that the Likud party’s Netanyahu be tasked with forming a new government, giving the current prime minister the absolute majority of 61 votes in his favor. “We nominate Netanyahu and the broader the base of the coalition...
  • The Prime Minister's Strategists Reveal How They Seized The Election... (Reverse Packaging Alert)

    03/20/2015 5:54:59 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/21/2015 | Gil Hoffman
    “The most important decision was to drive the electorate to two large parties,” Harow says. “We decided that if we create a situation where people have to decide who they want as prime minister, people will prefer Netanyahu over [ZU challenger Isaac] Herzog.” Therefore, the first slogan of the Likud’s campaign was “It’s us or them,” referring to Herzog and his running mate Tzipi Livni, whom the Likud’s polls found extremely unpopular. Shaviv advised Netanyahu from the start of the campaign to push what he called “reverse packaging.” The strategy was to persuade voters on the Right that rather than...
  • (MK Yariv) Levin: We Now Have a Mandate, And a Responsibility

    03/19/2015 2:20:19 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva/INN ^ | 03/19/2015 | Yaakov Levi
    By Yaakov Levi "First Published: 3/19/2015, 9:51 AM In an interview with Arutz Sheva, MK Yariv Levin, chairman of the outgoing Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, lauded his party's victory in Tuesday's elections, and said that it finally gave the Likud a clear mandate to rule Israel in the way the party felt it should be ruled." (snip) Among the issues the Likud needs to tackle is the “one-sided attitude” of the media and the justice system, said Levin. “There need to be changes in the radical leftist rule that shows itself in so many aspects of Israeli society....
  • Why Israelis Chose Netanyahu; Not Just Nationalism

    03/19/2015 1:14:47 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    New York Times AP ^ | 03/19/2015 | AP
    But what Israelis see is a pre-1967 border that is basically just a cease-fire line from the 1948-49 war that established the country. Without the West Bank, Israel is only 10 miles (15 kilometers) wide at its narrowest point. The strategic highland looms over Israeli cities, visible on a clear day from the outskirts of Tel Aviv and surrounding Jerusalem on three sides. They fear that if their army clears out it will be replaced not by peaceful Palestinian moderates but more menacing forces like Hamas — which took over the Gaza Strip soon after Israel handed it fully to...
  • What Israel's Next Government Might Look (Coalition Building Options Preview)

    03/19/2015 12:28:13 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 1 replies
    Times Of Israel ^ | 03/18/2015 | JTA
    On Tuesday, Israeli voters gave Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a clear mandate to form the next government. To do that, he’ll need the support of at least 61 of the Knesset’s 120 lawmakers. Here are a few of his options, and for background, here’s an overview of the parties and what they stand for. The right-religious “natural partners” coalition (67 members) Parties: Likud (30), Kulanu (10), Jewish Home (8), Shas (7), United Torah Judaism (6), Yisrael Beytenu (6) The most likely scenario based on the results, this coalition is the one analysts are expecting to take shape. It’s basically a...
  • Election Count Update Indicates Likud, Meretz Each Gain Seat

    03/18/2015 11:54:42 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/19/2015 | JPost Staff
    After additional ballots were counted overnight between Wednesday and Thursday, it appeared that Likud had risen from 29 to 30 seats and Meretz had gained another seat, totaling five mandates. According to the most recent estimates, United Torah Judaism dropped to six seats along with the Joint (Arab) List dropping to 13 mandates. According to Channel 2, the figures were calculated after some 200,000 ballots were counted from soldiers, absentees, prisoners and the hospitalized. The Central Elections Committee was expected to release the official final count for the 20th Knesset election on Thursday afternoon.
  • Netanyahu’s Victory Is A Disaster For The Peace Process (Schadenfreude Alert)

    03/18/2015 2:50:32 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 61 replies
    Vox ^ | 03/18/2015 | Zack Beauchamp
    "More specifically, Netanyahu's Likud Party won by siphoning voters away from the other right parties who will become its coalition partners. Mainstream Israeli opinion has shifted to the right: to win, Likud didn't need to win over a swath of centrist voters. It needed to jazz up the Right with nasty rhetoric about Palestinians and Arabs." "Meanwhile, Likud is going through a process that some observers have referred to as Tea Party-ization. Younger Israelis tend to be more conservative, increasingly empowering the more right-wing factions inside Likud. That causes center-right voters to defect to centrist parties, pushing the party ever...
  • Herzog Calls Netanyahu To Congratulate Him

    03/18/2015 12:37:31 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 21 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2015 | Reuters
    Israel's opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, said on Wednesday he had spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his election victory. "A few minutes ago I spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and congratulated him on his achievement and wished him luck," Herzog told reporters. He said his leftist Zionist Union party would continue to be an alternative to Netanyahu's right-wing Likud.
  • Netanyahu Invites Nationalist, Ultra-Orthodox Parties For Coalition Talks (Bibi Wave Triumph Alert)

    03/17/2015 10:17:27 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2015 | JPost Staff
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement early Wednesday morning inviting potential coalition partners to immediately enter talks for the swift formation of what is expected to be a religious-nationalist government in Jerusalem. "The reality isn't waiting on us," Netanyahu said just hours after it became clear that his Likud party had scored a decisive victory over Zionist Union in Tuesday's poll. "Reality isn't taking a break. The citizens of Israel expect us to quickly put together a leadership that will work for the sake of the country's security, economy, and society as we promised to do, and that is...
  • Meretz Chief Gal-On To Resign In Wake Of Party's Poor Showing In Election (Bibi Wave Alert)

    03/17/2015 10:05:17 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2015 | JPost Staff
    Meretz chair Zehava Gal-On announced on Wednesday that she is resigning from her position at the helm of the party in the wake of the movement's disappointing showing in Tuesday's election, Channel 2 reported. The left-wing party barely earned enough votes to get into the Knesset, with the official tally giving Meretz four seats. Television exit polls had given Meretz five seats, but the official count before dawn on Wednesday revealed that it had in fact dropped a seat. Gal-On is preparing to hand the reins of the party over to MK Tamar Zandberg, Channel 2 reported.
  • Romp For Likud With 25% Of The Popular Vote In

    03/17/2015 5:21:54 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 140 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03/18/2015 | JPost Staff
    The returns on voting from ballot boxes indicate that the Likud has significantly extended its lead over Zionist Union. According to Israel Radio, officials have counted the votes of 25 percent of booths across the country. The results indicate that the Likud wins 32 Knesset seats while Zionist Union garners 25 seats. Yesh Atid is the third-largest party with 11 seats, Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu faction wins 10 seats, the Arab List nosedives to nine seats, the Sephardi ultra-Orthodox Shas movement wins eight seats, Naftali Bennett's Bayit Yehudi dips further to seven seats, while Yisrael Beytenu, which has only mustered five...
  • 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,"...
  • Love in translation: He spoke French. I spoke English. Google to the rescue.

    03/16/2015 5:37:51 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/13/2015 | Mac McClelland
    Mac McClelland, at right, met her husband, Nico Ansel, in Haiti in 2010. Their relationship developed largely through Google Translate. (Leon Alesi for The Washington Post) By Mac McClelland March 13 Mac McClelland is the author of “Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story.” ‘You met, and then?” people say when they ask how my husband, Nico, and I got together. “And then,” Nico says, somewhat embarrassed: “Google Translate.” We met in 2010 at a hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where I was reporting on the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that year. He, a U.N. peacekeeper from France who spoke practically...
  • 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.
  • Putin Will Meet Leaders Of Belarus, Kazakhstan In Astana On March 20 (Putin Resurfaces Alert)

    03/16/2015 2:32:36 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 24 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 03/16/2015 | Itar Tass
    ASTANA, March 16. /TASS/. The presidents of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus will meet in Astana on March 20, a spokesman for the Kazakh leader said on Monday. The spokesman said Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko had already confirmed they would attend the meeting. "The heads of state will discuss bilateral trade and economic cooperation," the spokesman said adding that they would also focus on global economic issues and the Ukrainian crisis.
  • 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...
  • Middle East Beats: Israel's Ester Rada mines Ethio-jazz

    02/27/2015 5:48:35 PM PST · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    BBC News Middle East Beats ^ | 02/28/2015 | BBC News
    Ester Rada is an arresting young singer-songwriter with a rich musical heritage. Her Ethiopian roots are clearly audible in her music. But so is the influence of Israel where she grew up and now lives. Her EP, Life Happens, released in 2013, was a confident debut showcasing her powerful, soulful voice and seductive combination of Ethiopian Jazz, funk and R&B.
  • Stray Pit Bull Saves Chihuahua and They Become Inseparable Friends (Cuteness Overload Alert)

    02/27/2015 2:46:29 PM PST · by goldstategop · 27 replies
    Pet360.com ^ | N/A | Deidre Grives
    UPDATE: Both Joni and Chachi have been adopted to a loving home in Florida. They will get to spend the rest of their days together as friends! An unlikely pair of dogs that were found roaming around on the streets of Savannah have formed an unbreakable bond, and now animal control officers are hoping to place both pups in a home together so that they can remain lifelong friends. The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department found a white Pit Bull wandering around neighborhoods in the Georgia city carrying a small, longhaired male Chihuahua in her mouth. The Chihuahua had a terrible...
  • Battle For Sevastopol Movie Set For Major Release in Russia And Ukraine — Culture Minister

    02/17/2015 8:53:11 AM PST · by goldstategop · 23 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 02/17/2015 | Itar Tass
    World War Two historical drama Battle For Sevastopol, notable as the latest Russian-Ukrainian co-production, is set to be released in Russia on April 2. The film, directed by Sergey Mokritsky, will be shown in 2,000 cinemas of the country, Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky told journalists, comparing the new production to Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, such as Spider Man, in terms of its release scale. The minister noted that Battle For Sevastopol was also expected to be given a massive release in Ukraine, where it would appear "on about 3,000 screens". It "seems like" the film would be shown in Ukraine,...
  • 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...
  • Cincinnati Archbishop Warns Christians Against 'Destructive Message' Of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

    02/15/2015 3:55:53 AM PST · by goldstategop · 55 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/15/2015 | JPost Staff
    The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cincinnati issued a warning to Christians about the movie Fifty Shades of Grey, ahead of its release over the weekend weekend. "The story line is presented as a romance; however, the underlying theme is that bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism are normal and pleasurable," Archbishop Dennis Marion Schnurr posted on the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Facebook page. The movie tells the story of a sexual relationship between a wealthy businessman and a college student and includes scenes that depict whipping and bondage. "This movie is in direct contrast to the Christian message of God’s design for self-giving...
  • 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...
  • He Joined the Military as A Thank You to America. Revealing Why Leaves Him in Tears Every Time.

    02/12/2015 12:23:15 PM PST · by goldstategop · 16 replies
    Liftbump ^ | 02/12/2015 | Nicole
    CBS This Morning‘s Steve Hartman gets to the heart of the matter: “What’s amazing to me about you is that you’re out in the desert for weeks on end, you didn’t cry. Your friends are dying next to you and you didn’t cry. You get to talking about America and you started crying.” Kuch responds with a simple, but powerful answer: “I love this country so much.” This is why being in the military is deeply personal for Kuch. He’s not only serving his country, but it’s the best way he could find of saying “thank you” to a country...
  • Wife Bursts Into Tears When She Wakes Up to Her Husband Talking to A Long Lost Love in the Kitchen

    02/12/2015 12:10:49 PM PST · by goldstategop · 57 replies
    Liftbump ^ | 02/10/2015 | Daniela
    What Ann didn’t know was that 20 minutes after she left Mr. Fancy at the shelter, he escaped. One month later, Ann woke up at 5:30 AM to the voice of her husband talking with someone in the kitchen. When she went to investigate she saw Mr. Fancy sitting at her husband’s feet. She started to cry as the cat ran into her open arms. Mr. Fancy had found his way home. “I think he had a guardian angel looking out for him, directing him back to my house. I love him so much and feel we were meant to...
  • 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.
  • Posting Video (HTML Command Vanity)

    02/06/2015 4:54:01 PM PST · by goldstategop · 50 replies
    Ok, could someone list the command to embed a video in a post or reply? Some sites do this automatically. I need HTML help here. The basics cover posting links and pictures, which I'm familiar with. How does one post a video from say, YouTube on here?
  • World's Safest Airlines

    02/06/2015 9:31:43 AM PST · by goldstategop · 24 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 02/06/2015 | I
    TransAsia plane crash in Taipei became the eighth deadly incident involving Asian aircrafts in the last year. Starting from 1973 German Research Center JACDEC (Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre) provides global safety analysis about commercial aviation, based on the information about accidents involving aircrafts of 60 largest airlines. World's safest airlines for 2015, according to JACDEC - in photo gallery by TASS
  • U.S., Germany, and France to Putin: The World Is Too Weak to Stop You

    02/05/2015 2:26:31 PM PST · by goldstategop · 47 replies
    Commentary ^ | 02/05/2015 | Seth Mandel
    So here’s Obama’s opinion: Ukraine should not get military aid from the West because even with American help, Russia would still mop the floor with them. And this, according to the Times, is what Obama thinks will intimidate Putin into signing a peace treaty. I’ll offer the president some free advice: telling Putin the world is too weak to stop him isn’t very intimidating. Yet even if the West got Putin to sign on to a new agreement, nothing will have been accomplished. Putin has been violating the last ceasefire agreement, because there’s no one to enforce it. What Obama,...
  • Russia Continues Massive Military Modernization Despite Economic Woes

    02/05/2015 7:19:24 AM PST · by goldstategop · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/04/2015 | Vladimir Isachenkov
    MOSCOW (AP) — Hundreds of new Russian aircraft, tanks and missiles are rolling off assembly lines. Russian jets roar through European skies under NATO's wary eye. Tens of thousands of troops take part in war games showing off the military's readiness for all-out war. The muscle flexing suggests that Russia's economic woes so far are having no impact on the Kremlin's ambitious military modernization program. Most Russian economic sectors face a 10 percent cut this year as Russia heads into recession. The military budget, meanwhile, rose by 33 percent to about 3.3 trillion rubles (some $50 billion). The buildup reflects...
  • SI Swimsuit Rookies Reveal (Warning: CPU Overload Alert)

    02/04/2015 2:42:28 PM PST · by goldstategop · 46 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | 1/29/2015 | Rebecca Shore
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  • 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...
  • Russian Education Ministry Against Hijab At Schools

    02/04/2015 9:10:53 AM PST · by goldstategop · 7 replies
    Itar Tass ^ | 02/-04/2015 | Itar Tass
    NOVO-OGAREVO, February 4. /TASS/. The Russian Education and Science Ministry sees no reasons to allow female students wear a hijab at schools, minister Dmitry Livanov told TASS on Wednesday. Livanov said that under the federal regulations, "schoolwear must be secular."
  • 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...
  • BREAKING NEWS: John Kerry To Send Diana Ross To ISIS To Sing "Stop! In The Name Of Love" (SATIRE)

    01/22/2015 5:20:43 AM PST · by goldstategop · 15 replies
    Conservative News Facebook Page ^ | N/A | Conservative News
  • Music-Loving Pet Pot-Bellied Pig Celebrates His Third Birthday

    01/19/2015 10:44:17 PM PST · by goldstategop · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 01/19/2015 | BBC News
    A Vietnamese pot-bellied pig who has moved to Derby is apparently a music-loving pet. He can play a small toy piano and is even named after a musician.
  • Israeli Beauty Queen's Selfie With Miss Lebanon During Miss Universe Contest Causes Stir

    01/18/2015 1:12:54 PM PST · by goldstategop · 40 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/18/2015 | Reuters
    An Israeli beauty queen's selfie has caused a stir in Lebanon, with some Lebanese calling for their country's contestant at the Miss Universe pageant to be stripped of her title for consorting with the enemy. Miss Israel, Doron Matalon, posted a photo of herself and Miss Lebanon, Saly Greige, smiling together at pageant preparations in Miami, where the winner will be picked on January 25.
  • 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...
  • Hallmark Movie BRIDAL WAVE Helps Anxious Bride-to-Be Down the Aisle–Maybe! (Video)

    01/17/2015 6:50:04 PM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies
    TV Ruckus ^ | 01/17/2015 | Michelle R. Dillard
    Tonight Hallmark Movie fans are in for a romantic treat, when Golden Globe nominee Jaclyn Smith (“Charlie’s Angels”), Arielle Kebbel (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Andrew W. Walker (“A Bride for Christmas”), David Haydn-Jones (“White House Down”) star in BRIDAL WAVE, a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere. With her wedding day rapidly approaching, an anxious bride-to-be has doubts about her pending marriage. At a romantic island resort, she encounters a handsome kindred spirit and must now decide if her “perfect” fiancé is really her true love. ARIELLE KEBBEL (Georgie): Arielle Kebbel made her mark in Hollywood when she was only...
  • 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.
  • Miss Universe Photos (SMOKIN' CPU ALERT)

    01/16/2015 4:35:42 PM PST · by goldstategop · 62 replies
    eonline ^ | N/A | eonline.com
    Miss Lithuana - Patricija Belousova: Miss India - Noyonita Lodh: Miss Philippines - Mary Jean Lastimosa: Miss Israel - Doron Matalon: Miss Brazil - Melissa Gurgel: Miss Austria - Julia Furdea: Miss USA - Nia Sanchez: Miss Gabon - Maggaly Ornellia Nguema: Miss France - Camille Cerf: Miss Columbia - Paulina Vega: Miss Venezuela: - Migbelis Lynette Castellanos: Miss Serbia -Andjelka Tomasevic: Miss Dominican Republic - Kimberly Castillo: Miss Czech Republic - Gabriela Frankova: Miss Ukraine - Diana Harkusha: Miss Mexico - Josselyn Garciglia:
  • Miss Universe Gets Hot (HOTTIES ALERT)

    01/16/2015 2:28:41 PM PST · by goldstategop · 92 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | 01/15/2016 | John Hinderaker
    The finale of the Miss Universe pageant is a week from Sunday. It will be televised on NBC at 8 Eastern, 7 Central. We wrote about the pageant and previewed some of the contestants here. Miss Universe now easily eclipses Miss World as the leading international beauty pageant. It is on television, for one thing; it still has a swimsuit competition, for another. Also, Miss Universe promotes itself far more skillfully, perhaps because it is owned by Donald Trump. The main Miss Universe web site is here; the pageant’s YouTube feed is here; its Facebook page is here; its excellent...