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  • Barack Obama Enjoys ‘Tête-à-Tête Across the Barbed Wire’ With Family During Stonehenge Visit

    09/08/2014 2:34:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Sunday 7 Sep 2014 | Matt Payton
    Stonehenge is one of the most recognisable sites in the world, while Barack Obama is one of the world’s most recognisable people. And for one Wiltshire family, to see the leader of a world superpower at this World Heritage site was an opportunity not to be missed. Janice Raffle, talking to the BBC, said ‘we had a brief tête-à-tête across the barbed wire’. The mother of three boys explained ‘there was a bit of banter about boys being the best’ on account of the American president joking that she was ‘outnumbered.’ This surprising encounter was captured by the president’s photographer...
  • Ikea-Apple Spoof Video Goes Viral

    09/08/2014 1:21:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    A MADE-IN-SINGAPORE video advertisement about an Ikea furniture catalogue which spoofs tech giant Apple has become a YouTube hit, surpassing six million views on YouTube in just a few days. The video showcases the Swedish home furnishing company’s 2015 product catalogue but bears an uncanny resemblance to the glitzy commercials by Apple, which is about to launch its iPhone 6 tomorrow. In the video launched on Wednesday, the catalogue rotates suspended against a white backdrop while fictional “chief design guru” Jorgen Eghammer plays up the beauty of its features. There is no need for cables and it comes fully charged...
  • WATCH: Whose Race Legacy Will Reign Supreme: Obama’s or Holder’s?

    09/08/2014 1:01:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    The Root ^ | Sept. 7 2014 | DIANA OZEMEBHOYA EROMOSELE
    One guy seems to be playing chess, the other checkers, and The Root staff is torn over whose strategy will fare better in the long run. Going into the final stretch of President Barack Obama’s presidency, as Americans—and particularly African Americans—begin to form opinions about his legacy on issues of race (that is, what he’s done for black people), they’ll look back to a couple of great rhetorical moments and key policy successes, but they’ll also remember that he was perhaps too cautious when responding to national conversations about race. At the same time, Attorney General Eric Holder’s approach on...
  • Islamic Extremists Threaten to Behead Charles Bronson in Prison Argument

    09/08/2014 12:52:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    Locked up Islamic extremists threatened to cut off the head of Britain’s most notorious criminal, it has been reported. Charles Bronson got into a heated argument after he told them to be quiet in HMP Full Sutton. The extremists told him: ‘We’ll cut off your head,’ report the Mirror. Bronson’s brother Mark Peterson said: ‘I’m not sure how it started but they were up all night praying and kept him awake so there was some verbal. ‘There were some threats made by these prisoners.’ He added that they threatened to behead him. But the sibling stressed he is not worried...
  • Groom organises Manchester United wedding, bride is definitely not happy

    09/08/2014 12:43:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Thursday 4 Sep 2014
    Ever dreamed of having a wedding based around your favourite football team? No? Well this Manchester United fan did. And this week he made his dream come true. The supporter, based in Kenya, went to great lengths to organise a United themed wedding for him and his bride to enjoy, but on the basis of these photos, it didn’t go down well. In truly mad scenes, the groom wore a United shirt – complete with ‘Just Married’ on the back – while every detail was replicated, including a cake slapped with the same sponsors as the Red Devils. But while...
  • train kills pedestrian on tracks at torrey pines beach

    09/07/2014 3:33:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    San Diego6 ^ | Sep 7, 2014
    A pedestrian was hit and killed Sunday by an Amtrak train at Torrey Pines State Beach, a sheriff's spokesman said. San Diego Fire-Rescue crews were dispatched at 11:34 a.m. Sunday to the area near McGonigle Road and Carmel Valley Road near a Torrey Pines State Beach parking lot, a dispatcher said. An NCTD train dispatcher told SDFRD personnel a pedestrian was hit by the train between the Solana Beach and Sorrento Valley Coaster stations. Emergency responders determined the pedestrian was killed in the crash, sheriff's spokesman Jim Walker said. The details of the crash were not immediately available. A series...
  • Bay Area Police Use Facebook And Twitter to Out "Johns"

    09/07/2014 2:51:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Sep 6, 2014
    Bay Area law enforcement officials are turning to Facebook and Twitter to combat prostitution by posting names and photos of men arrested on solicitation charges. Police departments that have taken to shaming "johns" on social media include Oakland, Richmond and Fresno. The move has garnered some controversy, with lawyers and legal experts worrying that defendants who might be ultimately innocent could see their reputations tarnished because of the postings, SFGate reported.
  • Man Drops Himself Into Volcano and Takes a Selfie

    09/07/2014 2:24:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Mashable ^ | 9/5 | BRIAN KOERBER
    Just when you thought your weekend plans were really exciting, a few guys had to go and jump into an active volcano. Although George Kourounis, the adventurer responsible for the television series Angry Planet, is well known for extreme adventures, he really heated things up this time. (Sorry.) The good stuff starts at 1:10. Joined by Sam Cossman and guided by adventure filmmakers and lava lovers Geoff Mackely, Brad Ambrose and Gareth Hawken, the team willingly dropped themselves into the Marum Crater, an active lava lake on the summit of the Ambrym Volcano in Vanuatu, an Oceanian island nation located...
  • Video of Small Girl’s Reaction to Muslim Call to Prayer Goes Viral

    09/07/2014 2:12:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 41 replies
    A video showing a small girl's reaction after hearing the Muslim call to prayer for the first time has gone viral on the internet. The incident reportedly took place in a shopping center in Dubai.
  • No One Likes the Dalai Lama Anymore

    09/07/2014 1:25:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    Global Post ^ | September 4, 2014 | Timothy McGrath
    Here's why governments around the world are unfriending the Tibetan leader.Look at that face. You're suddenly a bit more serene, a bit more contented than you were a minute ago, aren't you? Maybe you're remembering the year — was it 2002? 2003? — when you gave every single one of your friends and family a copy of "The Art of Happiness" for Christmas. On the other hand, if you're the president, prime minister, or foreign secretary of any country in the world, then this face is giving you serious angina right now. We learned on Sept. 4 that South Africa...
  • Did Kim Jong Un’s Money Man Really Defect With $5 Million?

    09/07/2014 12:45:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Global Post ^ | Bradley Martin
    Has Kim Jong Un’s slush fund manager attempted to defect via Russia to a third country? News media around the world say he has, and that his name is Yun Tae Hyong. Every one of their reports is based on an article published by the South Korean daily JoongAng Ilbo, which cites an otherwise unidentified source in North Korea. So far it appears that no one outside the newspaper and its source has publicly confirmed even that Yun is a real person who is (or was) president of Daesong Bank (which does have a long history of managing overseas funds...
  • Deer on Golden Gate Bridge Bring Rush Hour Traffic to a Halt (Video)

    09/07/2014 12:37:41 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Saturday, Sep 6, 2014
    Call it "Bambi" on the bridge. Reports of a pair of deer hanging out on the Golden Gate Bridge Friday evening sent social media abuzz in the Bay Area. California Highway Patrol officers were called to the bridge, but the deer were already gone by the time they got there. Twitter users reported that traffic stopped moving momentarily, but was soon flowing normally again. "It was Deer on the Golden Gate Bridge! Hope they are safe! Kind of awesome!" tweeted out Twitter user Rydalia with a picture, which has since gone viral. This video shot by NBC Bay Area viewer...
  • Hot Honey: How Two Companies Are Vying to Make the Next Great Condiment

    09/07/2014 12:08:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 9/4 | Sierra Tishgart
    <p>When Mike Kurtz, a 32-year-old Brooklyn resident, was traveling in Brazil several years ago, he stumbled upon a tiny pizzeria and found chile-infused honey on each table.</p>
  • Man Boasts About Giving Dog a 'Bath' in Washing Machine

    09/07/2014 11:41:23 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Asia One ^ | Saturday, Sep 06, 2014
    A man residing in Hong Kong has outraged animal lovers after he uploaded photos of a small dog being spun in a washing machine on his Facebook page. Believed to be a Chinese national, the user identified as Jacky Lo posted 11 photos of the small white dog with the caption: "How to give a dog a bath really quickly: First soaked, then washed, and spun dry. Done!". Those who saw his posts were shocked and further angered when he told a user that the dog was dead, and asked if she would like to see a photo of it....
  • Supernatural 'Jinn' Seen as Cause of Mental Illness Among Muslims

    09/07/2014 11:23:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Bahar Gholipour
    It may be common for psychiatric patients who are Muslim to attribute their hallucinations or other symptoms to "jinn," the invisible, devilish creatures in Islamic mythology, researchers in the Netherlands have found. The findings demonstrate one way in which culture may influence how people perceive their psychotic symptoms, and could help Western psychiatrists better understand patients who have an Islamic background. Moreover, in today's connected world, patients may fuse the symbols from their own backgrounds with those of other cultures to explain their symptoms, study leader Dr. Jan Dirk Blom, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Groningen,...
  • Filipina 'Savagely' Fights 3 Abductors in Kuwait

    09/07/2014 11:03:47 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, September 06, 2014
    They smack her before fleeingA Filipina in her 20s put up a tough fight against three men who tried to abduct her while she was walking back home in Kuwait during the day. The girl managed to foil the kidnap attempt but she paid a heavy price for her resistance, when the angry men gave her a big smack before fleeing. The unnamed girl was walking back home in the capital Kuwait City around noon when the three men intercepted her and tried to take her away to rape her. Residents who saw the battle from their flat windows called...
  • Missing 6-Year-Old (Autistic Boy)Found at Homeless Encampment

    09/07/2014 11:00:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Sep 7, 2014
    A missing six-year-old autistic boy was found Sunday morning following a frantic search, the San Jose Police Department said. Police confirmed Sergio Zepeda was found safe and has been reunited with his family. Zepeda was found at approximately 4:13 a.m. after a man living in a homeless encampment called police to report a child had stumbled into an area where several people were staying. A child is missing and finding him will be especially hard. That is because he has autism and cannot speak. Crews are searching in the area of Rorty Drive, just east of Highway 87. NBC Bay...
  • Saudi Cops Raid Mixed-Gender Asian Party

    09/07/2014 10:54:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, September 06, 2014
    All released later as no alcoholic drinks were foundSaudi religious police raided an apartment and rounded up more than 100 Asian men and women attending a mixed-gender party. Police later released all of them after a search showed there were no alcoholic drinks and the guests were not involved in “obscene” acts, Sada daily said. Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice had stormed the apartment in the southern Khamis Mushait town following a tip off that a booze party is taking place in that area. “After they did not find any alcoholic drinks...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Army on Alert At French Ports To Stop Migrant Invasion

    09/07/2014 1:01:50 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Sunday Express ^ | Sun, September 7, 2014 | James Murray & Jon Coates
    SOLDIERS are on standby to patrol northern French ports amid growing tensions about an army of migrants intent on reaching Britain. In Calais alone about 100 migrants are arriving every day. Other towns are also reporting high numbers. Most new arrivals are desperate Africans who have travelled from Italy, where they arrive in boats from war-ravaged Libya. Last year almost 8,000 arrived there. This year 100,000 have landed, with most saying Britain is their final destination. Today the Sunday Express can reveal that the huge trade in moving migrants out of Africa and into Britain is worth £5billion a year...
  • How Our Allies in Kuwait and Qatar Funded Islamic State

    09/07/2014 12:31:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/6 | Andrew Gilligan
    The Gulf states of Kuwait and Qatar have actively – and openly – helped terrorist money-raising efforts for IsilIn the great jihadi funding bazaar that is the Gulf state of Kuwait, there’s a terror finance option for every pocket, from the private foundations dealing in tens of millions to the more retail end of the market. Give enough for 50 sniper bullets (50 dinars, about £110), promises the al-Qaeda and Islamic State-linked cleric tweeting under the name “jahd bmalk”, and you will earn “silver status”. Donate 100 dinars to buy eight badly needed mortar rounds, and he’ll make you a...
  • Is Saturated Fat Good for You?

    09/06/2014 11:01:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | September 5, 2014 | Andrea Donsky
    For decades we’ve been told to eat less cholesterol and saturated fat because they can cause or contribute to heart disease. Recently, however, these recommendations have been thrown out the window by some experts while the so-called real culprit—carbohydrates—are tossed to the lions. So, are cholesterol and saturated fat your friends while whole-grain bagels and organic quinoa are your enemies? Before you decide to make burgers and steaks a regular part of your diet or become distressed because you are a vegetarian or vegan, let’s take a closer look at what is being reported. A growing number of studies, including...
  • Car Obsessed New York Teen Killed in High Speed Wreck While Test Driving $200,000 Lamborghini

    09/06/2014 10:09:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 84 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Belinda Robinson
    A New York teenager who took a ‘test drive’ in a family friends’ Lamborghini has died after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail. Samuel Shepard, 18, of Mount Sinai, Long Island was taking the car for a spin on a local county road early on Friday when he lost control. He was driving north in Mount Sinai at 2:25 a.m. in the 2010 Lamborghini which can cost anywhere between $200,000 and $300,000 second hand and slammed into a guardrail near Route 25A, police said.
  • Shocking Isis Photos Show Baby Holding an AK-47 and Lying on Islamic State Flag

    09/06/2014 9:40:44 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Friday 5 Sep 2014
    A photo showing a baby holding an AK-47 and lying on an Isis flag has emerged in what is the latest in a series of disturbing images to be released by the Islamist terror group. In the photo, which uses the Islamic State flag as a backdrop, the young boy sits with a Kalashnikov machine gun bigger than his body in his lap. In a second photo, an infant lies on the flag besides grenades, handguns and other deadly weapons. The images, believed to be uploaded by militants fighting for the organisation across Iraq and Syria, are the latest in...
  • Giant Mutant Spider Dog Prank Is Brilliant and Incredibly Cruel

    09/06/2014 9:31:51 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Friday 5 Sep 2014
    Pulling off a good prank is easy: You just find people’s worst nightmare and then shove it in their faces so you and your friends can have a bit of a laugh. Veteran prankster SA Wardega from Poland proved he has perfected the art when he dressed a little dog up to look like an oversized spider and let it lose on the general public. People scream seeing the pooch standing over a ‘dead body’ in a lift, but our hearts really go out to the poor guy who, when trying to escape the abomination, gets caught in a giant...
  • One in Seven British Jihadists May Be Women

    09/06/2014 9:25:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Sep 2014 | Tom Whitehead
    Researchers claim up to 15 per cent of Western jihadists in Syria and Iraq are womenUp to one in seven British jihadists who have gone to Iraq and Syria are women, it is feared. As many as 60 Muslim women may have left the UK in the last year to join husbands or to find one in the conflict zones, academics say. The growing trend of female jihadists has also been reflected in a changing role where some have taken on a recruitment role on social media, encouraging others to join them. They include Aqsa Mahmood who this week allegedly...
  • UK Muslim Urges Peppa Ban Over Son’s Pig Plans (Son Wants to Be Pig, Not Doctor)

    09/06/2014 9:20:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 69 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 5 September 2014
    A British Muslim, dismayed by his young son’s wish to become a pig rather than a doctor, has taken on a mission to effect the removal from television of Peppa Pig, the much-loved animal character whom he claims inspired his child’s unusual ambition, according to the Daily Mirror. Zayn Sheikh’s campaign includes a Facebook page called “Muslims against Peppa Pig“ that features a video – shared more than 9,000 times – explaining his reasons for pursuing the ban. “Some of you, right, might have seen this abominable creature before, right, this Peppa Pig. Haram pig,” Sheikh says in the video....
  • Putin Seen ‘Crying’ During Performance of Russia’s National Anthem

    09/06/2014 9:14:40 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 65 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Friday, 5 September 2014
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has appeared emotional in recent footage showing him witnessing a performance of his country's national anthem while on a visit in Mongolia. In the footage broadcast on Mongolian TV, the normally stoic Putin is seen standing next to Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, looking down and at one point moving his hand to wipe his eye. “Putin is [so] manly, he's required to shed a tear every so often to maintain hormonal equilibrium,” said a user of the army enthusaist site Last year, Russia's longstanding president was seen wiping away a tear during a Kremlin concert...
  • Slain al-Shabaab Chief: Militant, Ideologue, Poet

    09/06/2014 12:31:59 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 6 September 2014 | Paul Crompton
    Ahmad Abdi Godane, the late leader of Somalian militant Islamist group al-Shabaab, was killed in a U.S. air strike, both the Pentagon and Somalia’s premier confirmed on Friday. The demise of the reclusive leader—of whom very few confirmed photos exist—was hailed by the White House as “a major symbolic and operational loss” for the al-Qaeda linked group. Due to al-Shabaab’s activities under Godane’s leadership and his allegiance to al-Qaeda, the U.S. State Department had listed him as one of the world’s eight top terror fugitives, with a $7 million reward for information leading to his arrest, the third-highest level of...
  • British Woman Who Joined ISIS Calls for Beheading of Christians

    09/06/2014 12:07:09 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Chritianity Today ^ | Lucinda Borkett-Jones
    A British woman who converted to Islam has joined ISIS forces in Syria and called for the beheading of Christians on Twitter. Sally Jones, 40, who left Britain for Syria last year, is thought to be using the name Umm Hussain or Sakinah Hussain, and uses the name Umm Hussain al-Britani on Twitter, the Sunday Times reported. In a recent tweet that has since been deleted she said: "You Christians all need beheading with a nice blunt knife and stuck on the railings at Raqqa... Come here I'll do it for you!" Her Twitter bio features a quote from Osama...
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer Dismisses Resignation Rumors, Calls it “Bizarre”

    09/05/2014 10:09:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Sep 5, 2014
    Sen. Barbara Boxer called rumors that she planned to resign "bizarre" during a news conference in San Francisco's Ferry Building late this morning. Boxer, 73, said she has no plans to leave a job she loves while serving her fourth term in the U.S. Senate and will decide next year if she will run for re-election in 2016. Speaking to a crowd of reporters, the senator highlighted multiple regional, state, national and international issues she will address when Congress returns to session on Monday following a five-week recess. She noted that this is the 54th straight month the country has...
  • Why Westerners Are Fighting for ISIS

    09/05/2014 7:19:02 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies
    Time ^ | 9/5/14 | Francesca Trianni, Andrew Katz
    A growing number of Westerners are joining the Islamist militant group—but why? The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is gaining notoriety for its barbaric methods, after videos showing beheadings and mass killings surfaced online. Meanwhile, the group has been attracting an increasing number of foreign fighters coming from the West, analysts say. But why are so many foreigners joining ISIS’ fighting ranks? Among a range of explanations, one of them is that, compared to other jihadist groups like al-Qaeda, ISIS is extremely welcoming to foreigners, said Joshua Landis, a Syria specialist at the University of Oklahoma. “The...
  • Obama Recruits 9 Allies to Help in the Battle Against ISIS

    09/05/2014 7:16:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | SEPT. 5, 2014 | HELENE COOPER
    President Obama escalated the American response to the marauding Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Friday, recruiting at least nine allies to help crush the organization and offering the outlines of a coordinated military strategy that echoes the war on terror developed by his predecessor, George W. Bush, more than a decade ago. In his most expansive comments to date about how the United States and its friends could defeat ISIS, a once-obscure group of Sunni militants that has now upended the Middle East and overshadowed Al Qaeda, Mr. Obama said the effort would rely on American airstrikes against...
  • The Dying Russians

    09/05/2014 4:21:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    New York Review of Books ^ | September 2, 2014, 4:45 p.m. | Masha Gessen
    <p>Sometime in 1993, after several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying. I was used to losing friends to AIDS in the United States, but this was different. People in Russia were dying suddenly and violently, and their own friends and colleagues did not find these deaths shocking. Upon arriving in Moscow I called a friend with whom I had become close over the course of a year. “Vadim is no more,” said his father, who picked up the phone. “He drowned.” I showed up for a meeting with a newspaper reporter to have the receptionist say, “But he is dead, don’t you know?” I didn’t. I’d seen the man a week earlier; he was thirty and apparently healthy. The receptionist seemed to think I was being dense. “A helicopter accident,” she finally said, in a tone that seemed to indicate I had no business being surprised.</p>
  • Brain-to-Brain 'Telepathic' Communication Achieved for First Time

    09/05/2014 2:45:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05 Sep 2014
    Team of US-led researchers successfully achieves brain-to-brain communication between humans from India to FranceFor the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact between the two, thousands of miles apart in India and France. Research led by experts at Harvard University shows technology can be used to transmit information from one person's brain to another's even, as in this case, if they are thousands of miles away. "It is kind of technological realisation of the dream of telepathy, but it is definitely not magical," Giulio Ruffini, a theoretical...
  • Miller Park Gets Self-Service Beer Taps With Brewers on 8-Game Losing Streak

    09/04/2014 6:17:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    With the team's entire season possibly hanging in the balance, the Milwaukee Brewers are getting back to the basics by using the latest technology. The Brewers, who have lost eight straight games to fall out of first place, have installed self-service beer dispensers at Miller Park. And the front-running St. Louis Cardinals are coming to Milwaukee starting Thursday night. This is called taking a stand. Or running interference. Both?
  • Hypnotist Casts a Weighty Spell on Himself

    09/04/2014 6:13:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | Harry Jackson Jr.
    A certified hypnotist used his techniques to lose 70 pounds in six months.Rob Malone, 52, of Red Bud, lost the weight between December 2012 and June 2013. “I recorded some self-hypnosis audios and put them on my phone,” he said. “Visualization is a big part; I’d visualize myself going through the checkout line without buying anything. That’s a huge part of this. And I worked on my cravings for sugar, Snickers bars, (starchy) carbs.” He put on weight partly by eating candy. “I would buy two bags of (miniature) Snickers and eat them all in two days,” he said. He...
  • Giant ‘Vulgaris’ Cannibal Slugs From the EU Are Invading British Gardens

    09/04/2014 5:43:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 46 replies
    Metro UK ^ | Thursday 4 Sep 2014 | Thursday 4 Sep 2014
    Slugs of gigantium proportions are taking over Britain’s green spaces eating prize plants, small rodents and even excrement. The slimy gastropods – called ‘Arion vulgaris’ – can reach a huge six-inches and are believed to have been carried over in Spanish salad leaves. Worse, is that gardeners battling against this slippery armada are finding them resident to slug pellets leaving them powerless to protect their homegrown vegetables. (Picture: Flickr/) One sick person even put them into a bucket together. Yuck (Picture: Flickr/Signe Karin) Sightings have been reported in East Anglia, the West Midlands, the New Forest, the south coast and...
  • Riyadh Roots Of Isis Horror

    09/04/2014 5:34:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The People's Daily Morning Star ^ | SEP 2014 Thursday 4TH
    The savage murder of a second US journalist, Steven Sotloff, combined with threats to kill a British hostage are a stark reminder of the monster our governments have created in the Middle East. Few groups historically match the nihilist barbarity of the so-called Islamic State (Isis), the terror group responsible for so much death and destruction in Syria and Iraq. Their vicious sectarian ideology, taken from the Wahhabi sect whose Western-sponsored dominance in Saudi Arabia has made that country the least free on Earth, encourages the wholesale slaughter of anyone — including Muslims — who does not share it. As...
  • Born Into Bad Luck (The Sad Fate of Japan's Fire Horse Women)

    09/04/2014 5:28:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 | ALICIA P.Q. WITTMEYER
    Could being born in a year deemed unlucky wind up a self-fulfilling prophecy? That may be what befell Japanese girls born in 1966, otherwise known as a year of the fire horse, or hinoeuma in Japanese. Women born in such a year, superstition holds, have troubled marriages, mistreat men, and cause early deaths for their husbands and fathers. It was one such woman, according to legend, who nearly burned down the capital in 1682, after setting a local temple on fire for love of a man who worked there. (She was sentenced to burn at the stake.) In 2010, researchers...
  • President Obama Had a Terrible Holiday Weekend. But Does He Know It?

    09/04/2014 5:16:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 | PETER D. FEAVER
    I had a bad Labor Day holiday, but my troubles don't matter much. President Obama's was decidedly worse, and unfortunately his matter a lot. The crucial thing, though, is that I know I had a bad couple of days. It is not clear to me that President Obama realizes that he did, and that should trouble all of us. First, my tale of minor woes. I was in Washington for the Annual American Political Science Association meeting. Several thousand political science professors in the same hotel may sound like a lot of fun (or maybe it doesn't) but it usually...
  • Iraq: ISIS Leader’s Top Aide Killed in Air Strike

    09/04/2014 5:08:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Thursday, 4 September 2014
    Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has lost his aide after a strike on the ISIS-held city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, the Iraqi defense ministry said Thursday. Another ISIS figure was also declared dead, the ministry added. Iraq and the United States have both been carrying out airstrikes against ISIS targets, after the militant group seized large parts of the country’s north and west. The U.S., which began carrying out airstrikes in Iraq in early August after its troop withdrawal in 2011, is now taking the lead in attempts to form an international coalition...
  • Pursuing ISIS to the Gates of Hell

    09/04/2014 1:49:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | SEP 4 2014 | Peter Beinart
    The beheading of two journalists has transformed public debate over U.S. foreign policy.Over the past two weeks, the American foreign-policy debate has dramatically changed. The key to understanding why lies in a book. The book is called Special Providence. Published 13 years ago by Walter Russell Mead, it remains, for my money, the best analysis of American foreign policy written in our time. Mead argues that America has four foreign-policy traditions. He calls the first “Wilsonianism.” It represents America’s missionary desire to spread civilization across the globe. Once upon a time, spreading “civilization” meant spreading Christianity. Now it means spreading...
  • Woman Beheaded 'With Machete' in North London Garden

    09/04/2014 1:45:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 82 replies
    Palmira Silva was decapitated at her home in Edmonton in an indiscriminate rampage before armed police subdued her 'crazed' attackerTom Whitehead, Ed Malnick, Tom Brooks Pollock and Gordon Rayner, Palmira Silva,4:28PM BST 04 Sep 2014 An 82-year-old woman was beheaded in a north London garden after a crazed attacker went beserk with a machete. Pensioner Palmira Silva was decapitated at her house in Edmonton in broad daylight in an apparent frenzied assault by a 25-year-old man who randomly targeted victims. The horror scene unfolded as terrified eye witnesses saw the man, who was wielding a foot long blade, attack a...
  • Camel Milk: The Next Generation of Dairy?

    09/04/2014 1:42:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Nutritional Outlook Magazine ^ | September 4, 2014 | Jennifer Grebow
    If cow’s milk is the Gen X of dairy, and soy milk the Gen Y, then camel milk may very well be Gen Z. As of this January, U.S. shoppers can buy the country’s first retail camel milk at market. The brand, Desert Farms, is now sold in Whole Foods Market stores in California, as well as through the company’s website. One of the first things shoppers might notice about camel milk is the price. At approximately $18/pint, camel milk is far from cheap. But, according to founder Walid Abdul-Wahab, camel milk’s benefits may be well worth the cost—especially to...
  • Robert McDonnell guilty of 11 corruption counts

    09/04/2014 12:15:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Matt Zapotosky and Rosalind S. Helderman
    A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption — sending a message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to a free spending Richmond businessman for golf outings, lavish vacations and $120,000 in sweetheart loans.
  • Student Fails Exam, Shoots Teacher

    09/04/2014 11:32:37 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Gulf News ^ | September 4, 2014 | Habib Toumi
    Failure to pass exam triggered classroom murder bidManama: A university student in Saudi Arabia has shot his Jordanian teacher in an apparent act of "revenge" after he failed his exams. The student, who failed last year to pass the orientation exam in preparatory English as demanded by the university in the northern Saudi city of Ha’il to fulfil the enrolment requirements, had to take the course again and with the same teacher. On the first day, the student reportedly brought a gun to class, hiding it in his clothes, local daily Al Eqtisdaiya reported. Ten minutes into the course, the...
  • Witches Killed Nigeria’s First Female Ambassador, Elizabeth Ogbon-Day – Heartbroken Father, HRH

    09/04/2014 11:28:30 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Vanguard (Nigeria) ^ | September 02, 2014 | Emma Amaize
    OGONI-OLOMU- TWO years after the death of Nigeria’s first Female Ambassador, late Mrs. Elizabeth Ogbon-Day, at 62 years, her love-sick father, the Ohworode (traditional ruler) of Olomu Kingdom in Delta State, HRM, Ovie Richard Layaiguen Ogbon, Ogoni-Oghoro I, JP, has agonizingly revealed that she was killed by witches. Confession in the palace The ninety-seven-year-old monarch ordained Royal Canon in the Anglican Communion, some years ago, spoke to Niger Delta Voice in his palace. He said one of the witches, a blood relation and members of her coven, who killed her, confessed her despicable role in his palace. Late Ambassador Elizabeth...
  • HIV Drugs Misused to “Fatten” Chickens and Ferment Malawi Gin

    09/04/2014 11:20:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    KCteam ^ | September 3, 2014 | Owen Nyaka
    People in Malawi are buying life-saving antiretroviral drugs meant for people living with HIV, and misusing them to brew gin as well as fattening livestock. Some brewers who are fermenting maize husks in the antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) to produce a traditional gin known as ‘kachasu’ claim the resulting gin is very strong and matures quickly. There are also some small-scale commercial chicken and pig farmers misusing ARVs, adding them to broiler feed believing it will enhance weight gain so they can sell them quicker. The farmers’ activity has resulted from their observations made of people living with HIV who gain...
  • Black Oakland Firefighter Says White Cop Detained Him, Kids

    09/04/2014 10:54:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014
    • Updated at 6:51 PM PDT An Oakland firefighter, who is black, says an Oakland police officer, who is white, held him and his two sons at his own fire station, believing they were burglars. Keith Jones told reporters that he and his sons Trevon, 9, and Keith II, 12, had left a Raiders game at Coliseum and were returning to their car, parked at the East Oakland fire station where Jones works. Jones was "securing the station" after fire crews responding to an emergency had left a door open when a visitor arrived at about 10:45 p.m.: a...
  • Poll: Most Russians Would Sacrifice Booze and Cigarettes to Hurt West

    09/04/2014 10:31:32 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Sep. 04 2014
    More than 70 percent of Russians would ban imports of booze and cigarettes from Western countries in retaliation for sanctions, but few would give up foreign cars or pay an additional tax on vacations abroad, a recent poll indicated. Other popular measures included blacklisting foreign hotels (supported by 77 percent) and banning Ukrainian candy imports (79 percent), the state-run VTsIOM pollster said in a report released Wednesday. But only 43 percent of respondents — apparently including those who don't even drive — would approve of restrictions on bringing foreign-made cars into the country, the report said. The possibility of paying...