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  • Was Flight MH-17 Diverted Over Restricted Airspace? [graphics at link]

    While there are various questions that have already emerged from what was supposed to be Ukraine's "slam dunk" proof confirming Russian rebel involvement in today's MH-17 tragedy, perhaps one just as gaping question emerges when one looks at what is clearly an outlier flight path in today's final, and tragic, departure of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777. Perhaps the best visualization of what the issue is, comes from Vagelis Karmiros who has collated all the recent MH-17 flight paths as tracked by Flightaware and shows that while all ten most recent paths pass safely well south of the Donetsk region,...
  • Here's the official synopsis for The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies

    07/18/2014 3:05:38 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    Whilst a synopsis is maybe not entirely necessary given that the title of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies pretty much sums up what the films about - a battle involving five different armies. Warner Brothers have released the official synopsis. Okay, so it goes into a bit more detail than "there are five armies and they do battle" so it isn't entirely a lost cause like the 'Snakes on a Plane' synopsis might've been, and I'm pretty much allowing my prejudice against the third Hobbit film's name change shine through. I liked 'There and Back Again' dammit!
  • "Seasonal Adjustment" Swings Initial Jobless Claims From 6-Month Highs To Cycle Lows

    07/17/2014 3:15:10 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies
    Once again we were spot on. Because as the DOL just reported, yet again the fate of the US economy is left to seasonal adjustments. Non-seasonally-adjusted initial jobless claims surged over 47,000 this week to its worst in 6-months. But by the magic of PhD adjustment, this translated into 3,000 seasonally-adjusted drop from last week, beating expectations and printing near 'recovery' cycle lows. We can only imagine the adjustments needed to cope with Microsoft's layoffs. 2014 has seen the smallest percentage drop in initial claims since the crisis began.
  • Exclusive Air New Zealand Package Celebrates Lord of the Rings' 60th Anniversary

    07/16/2014 6:38:38 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    In honor of the 60th Anniversary of 'Lord of the Rings' book by J.R.R. Tolkien (first published July 29, 1954), Air New Zealand is introducing a special, 11-night, all-inclusive, self-guided package with Air New Zealand highlighting the movie's filming locations and best of New Zealand. The 60th anniversary 'Lord of the Rings' package by Air New Zealand includes major New Zealand attractions and breathtaking landscapes, which inspired Peter Jackson to film the 'Lord of the Rings' film trilogy in New Zealand.
  • Ray Lonnen, Harry's Game star, dies aged 74

    07/15/2014 6:51:40 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    He was diagnosed with cancer three years ago and had continued to work, his family said. He died on Friday. Lonnen played the lead in Harry's Game as an undercover British soldier, sent to Northern Ireland to infiltrate the IRA and kill an assassin. He was also in The Sandbaggers, Doctor Who, Rich Tea And Sympathy and Crossroads. The actor also voiced children's animation series Budgie The Little Helicopter.
  • James Bond 24 Movie Release Date Delayed?

    07/14/2014 6:43:13 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    James Bond 24 Movie Release Date Delayed? New Scribes Tapped To Rewrite Script; Cast News Include ‘Harry Potter’ Star Daniel Radcliffe As Villain. Sony Pictures is actively working on James Bond 24 movie that is reportedly scheduled with a release date on Oct. 23, 2015. However, veteran James Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are now tapped to rewrite John Logan's script. "Purvis and Wade have been asked to 'punch up' the script and sprinkle in more gags, emphasising the witty repartee between Daniel Craig's 007 and Naomie Harris's Miss Moneypenny, and focusing on the interplay between Bond and...
  • FIFA World Cup Championship: Germany V Argentina 3pm EDT ABC TV; Univison - Thread

    07/13/2014 7:50:19 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 169 replies
    FIFA World Cup Championship: Germany V Argentina 3pm EDT ABC TV; Univison - Thread
  • Germany v Brazil 4pm EDT thread

    07/08/2014 11:52:10 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    Brazil V Germany
  • JPM Cuts Its Original 2014 GDP Forecast In Half, Sees Slowest Full Year Growth Since 2009

    07/04/2014 7:43:02 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    was precisely 6 months ago, on January 3, when JPM, blissfully unaware of the powerful snowstorms that were raging outside its office, a condition which would later be branded with the technical economic term "harsh weather", predicted that the US economy would grow by 2.5% in the first half and 3.0% in the second, leading to a solid 2.8% annualized growth for 2014, a growth rate which would mean the US economy would grow at the fastest pace since 2005.

    07/04/2014 6:16:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 30 replies
    July 4th 12:00PM EDT ESPN2 France v Germany 4:00PM EDT ESPN Brazil v Colombia July 5th 12:00PM EDT ABC Argentina v Belgium 4:00PM EDT ESPN Netherlands v Costa Rica
  • James Bond: Super Spy. Franchise Anchor. Icon of Masculinity

    07/03/2014 1:38:48 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 20 replies
    On the occasion of the release of my E-Book on the James Bond film series--Bond Forever: A Film Buff’s Cinematic Analysis of the James Bond Series--I thought Breitbart readers would enjoy some thoughts on our expectations of masculinity in mass media, as portrayed by James Bond, who has managed to survive a miserable trend of male feminization.
  • June Full-Time Jobs Plunge By Over Half A Million, Part-Time Jobs Surge By 800K, Most Since 1993

    07/03/2014 12:51:08 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Is this the reason for the blowout, on the surface, payroll number? In June the BLS reports that the number of full-time jobs tumbled by 523K to 118.2 million while part-time jobs soared by 799K to over 28 million!
  • By the way, the D.C. Circuit might nuke ObamaCare tomorrow

    Remember the Halbig case? If not, catch up right now by re-reading this post from January, written after a D.C. district court judge ruled in Obama’s favor. O-Care is a famously complex law but the lawsuit that could end up demolishing it is surprisingly simple. In a nutshell, there’s a line buried deep in the statutory text that says federal subsidies for insurance premiums will be available to anyone who buys a plan on “an Exchange established by the State.” Question: Does, the exchange built by the federal government after 34 states refused to build their own exchanges, qualify...
  • Surge In Government Job Creation, Most Since August 2008, Offset

    07/02/2014 3:22:12 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 2 replies
    Surge In Government Job Creation, Most Since August 2008, Offset By Private Jobs Decline Adds To ADP Confusion Moments after the outlier ADP private payrolls jobs number, the highest since November 2012, was released Gallup offered its own poll-based take on the US jobs market with the release of its monthly US Jobs Creation Index. To some this useful datapoint may explain the ADP-reported surge in hiring, although a more nuanced read simply add to the confusion. According to the headling job creation index, June saw a +27 print, the same as May, and tying the highest score of job...
  • Dracula Untold Official Trailer (2014) Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper Horror HD

    07/02/2014 3:09:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    Dracula Untold Official Trailer (2014) Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper Horror HD
  • 'The Hobbit' Part 3 News: Climax Of 'Battle of Five Armies' 'Sets Tone'

    07/01/2014 6:45:11 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 44 replies
    'The Hobbit' Part 3 News: Climax Of 'Battle of Five Armies' 'Sets Tone' For 'What's Going To Happen' In 'Lord of the Rings' Trilogy Letteri went on to speak about how the ending of this movie would lead into and help fans better understand the Lord of the Rings trilogy. "Yeah because it is the climax, and you really just need to know that there is another battle for Middle-earth," he said." The whole extension of The Hobbit's story has really been to get us to the point where we understand when we leave it what's going to happen when...
  • Peeps The Special Kitty

    07/01/2014 4:14:35 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Meet Peeps the kitty. She may wobble a little bit when she walks, but it doesn’t stop her. Peeps weighed just 9 ounces when she was saved by a kind woman from a shelter that couldn’t keep her. “This is a kitten I rescued 4 weeks ago, she was 3 weeks old. She was at a shelter where they were going to put her down the day I got her. They said she was un-adoptable due to her birth defect. Her back legs aren’t straight, and they point outwards which made her walking very awkward, like a wobble,” said Samantha.
  • Supreme Court - Issues and Orders Monday June 30th, 2014 Orders are at 9:30, opinions are at 10:00

    06/30/2014 3:50:14 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    Harris v. Quinn Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
  • Barnes & Noble to Split Retail Stores, Nook Digital Business

    06/29/2014 8:47:30 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    Barnes & Noble Inc. BKS +0.60% is to split in two, separating its unprofitable Nook digital business from its consumer bookstores, an acknowledgment of the difficulties the retailer faces in competing with bigger companies like Inc. AMZN -0.34% in the e-book and hardware sector. The split, expected to occur by March, will make Nook Media a separate public company housing both Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book and e-reader business as well as its college stores. Among Nook Media's big shareholders will be Microsoft Corp. MSFT +1.27% and Pearson PSON.LN 0.00% PLC, both of which have invested in the Nook...
  • This Is The Single Most Hilarious Video Of A Dog Giving Lessons That I’ve Ever Seen. Just Watch…

    06/29/2014 8:43:32 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    This is simply beyond anything I could have imagined. I mean, I’ve seen plenty of dog / baby pal couples, so I am well aware how well they understand each other. But This?! That’s too much.
  • World Cup Thread Jun 28-29 Quarter Finals

    06/28/2014 8:02:01 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 66 replies
    June 28th, 2014 Brazil vs Chile 12:00 PM EDT Colombia vs Uruguay 4:00 PM EDT June 29th 2014 Netherlands vs Mexico 12:00 PM EDT Costa Rica vs Greece 4:00 PM EDT
  • Archduke Franz Ferdinand: The man whose assassination is blamed for triggering World War I

    06/28/2014 4:16:11 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 26 replies
    ABC (AUS) ^ | 06.28.14
    Archduke Franz Ferdinand is best known as the man whose assassination is widely believed to have led to the outbreak of World War I. But behind that figure lies a story of forbidden love, an obsession with hunting, and a near-miss that could have killed the archduke months before he was shot dead with his wife Sophie in Sarajevo 100 years ago.
  • Knockout Round final 16 Bracket

    06/26/2014 3:49:36 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Bracket A - all times EDT July 4th, 2014 - 12pm Brazil/Chile (6/28/14 - 12pm) V Columbia/Uruguay (6/28/14 - 4pm) July 4th, 2014 - 4pm France/Nigeria (6/30/14 - 12pm) V Germany/Algeria (6/30/14 - 4pm) Bracket B - all times EDT July 5th, 2014 - 12pm Netherlands/Mexico (6/29/14 - 12pm) V Costa Rica/Greece (6/29/14 - 4pm) July 5th, 2014 - 4pm Argentina/Switzerland (7/1/14 - 12pm) V USA/Belgium (7/1/14 - 4pm)
  • Eli Wallach dies at 98; actor best known for two classic westerns

    06/25/2014 4:30:47 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 39 replies
    Eli Wallach, a veteran stage, screen and television actor who was closely identified with Tennessee Williams' plays on the New York stage but gained fame in Hollywood for a string of films in which he specialized in playing bandits, thieves, mafia dons and other criminals, has died. He was 98..
  • U.S. durable goods unexpectedly fall in May (Unexpected Alert!)

    06/25/2014 4:18:36 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods unexpectedly fell in May, suggesting an anticipated rebound in growth this quarter could fall short of expectations, even as a measure of business capital spending plans rose.
  • Equipped with Humvees, ISIL clashes with rivals in Syria

    06/22/2014 7:18:58 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    The Islamic State of Iraq in the Levant (ISIL) battled with rival opposition fighters in northern Syria on Sunday, using U.S.-made military vehicles captured from neighboring Iraq for the first time, a monitoring group said. ISIL, a splinter group of al Qaeda which wants to set up an Islamic caliphate encompassing both Iraq and Syria, has made rapid gains in Iraq in the past two weeks, taking control of the northern city of Mosul and major border crossings with Syria.
  • United States V Portugal thread - 6pm EDT (3pm PDT) ESPN

    06/22/2014 1:05:04 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 229 replies
    United States V Portugal thread - 6pm EDT (3pm PDT) ESPN
  • Soccer star Hope Solo arrested on domestic assault charges

    06/21/2014 5:10:10 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 24 replies
    (CNN) -- Soccer star Hope Solo was arrested on domestic violence charges early Saturday after allegedly assaulting both her sister and nephew at a home in Seattle, Washington, police said.Solo, 32, goalie for the Seattle Reign FC and a former Olympian, was being held without bail in the south King County jail on domestic-violence assault charges, according to a statement from the Kirkland Police Department. Her name is listed as Hope Amelia Stevens.
  • American Apparel Founder Dov Charney [Obama lover] Ousted Over Cyber 'Sex Slave' Case, Report Says

    06/21/2014 10:56:16 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 6 replies
    Dov Charney, founder of clothing chain American Apparel, was ousted earlier this week as chairman over allegations related to a 2011 case that accused him of making a former employee his “sex slave.” Sources told the New York Post that the clothing chain’s board resurrected the case involved former employee Irene Morales during its surprise move to fire Charney, accusing him of knowingly allowing an employee to post nude photos of Morales on a blog that was purportedly authored by Morales.
  • Is 'Lord of the Rings' better than 'Game of Thrones'

    06/21/2014 10:00:35 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 61 replies
    Peter Jackson's Middle Earth franchises 'The Hobbit' and 'Lord of the Rings' had for a long time been the cream of the crop for fantasy entertainment, but now there's a new contender for the throne in HBO's 'Game of Thrones' 'Lord of the Rings' is regarded by many as one of the best film trilogies of all time, fantasy genre or otherwise, it's third film smashed Academy award records and to this date holds the record for highest number of Oscar wins, winning in every category it was nominated. 'Game of Thrones' doesn't quite have the same awards success, although...
  • The Expendables 3 (2014) - New Trailer (#3)

    06/19/2014 3:34:01 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    The Expendables 3 (2014) - New Trailer (#3)
  • Surprise! The Vegas Cop Killers Weren't So Right-Wing After All

    06/16/2014 6:40:53 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 22 replies
    Every. Damn. Time. Tucked away in their backstory of anti-social behavior, an inconvenient nugget of truth about the couple responsible for killing three people, including two police officers, in Las Vegas:
  • 8 stars whose box-office draw is nosediving

    06/15/2014 10:24:06 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 163 replies
    NY Post ^ | 06.14.2014
    With an opening weekend take of $28 million, Tom Cruise’s new sci-fi film “Edge of Tomorrow” — which debuted June 6 — did even worse than his last sci-fi movie, 2013’s “Oblivion.” In the last eight years, Cruise has had only one hit (2011’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”). It looks like he’s nearing the end of his run as a major movie star, though we’ll see how “Mission: Impossible 5” does when it comes out next year.
  • Supreme Court has 17 cases to decide by June's end

    06/15/2014 8:50:26 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    AP ^ | 06.15.2014
    It's crunch time at the Supreme Court, where the justices are racing to issue opinions in 17 cases over the next two weeks. The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people under arrest are among the significant issues that are so far unresolved
  • Syria pounds ISIL bases in coordination with Iraq: NGO

    06/15/2014 8:00:33 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 45 replies
    Syria's army has been pounding for 24 hours major bases of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in coordination with the Baghdad government, a monitor said Sunday. The strikes against ISIL -- which has spearheaded a week-long jihadist offensive in Iraq -- have been more intense than ever, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. "The regime air force has been pounding ISIL's bases, including those in the northern province of Raqa and Hasakeh in the northeast," which borders Iraq, said the Britain-based group.
  • Rouhani says Iran is ready to help in Iraq

    06/14/2014 11:00:43 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    CSM ^ | 06.14.2014
    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday, Iran would be willing to help fight militants in Iraq, if asked. More than 4,200 Iranians have reportedly volunteered to go into Iraq to protect Shiite shrines.
  • The Back-Room Deal That Explains The Chaos In Iraq

    06/13/2014 4:32:32 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 17 replies
    A former CIA operative described Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force, as the “most powerful operative in the Middle East today.” In late 2010, Iraq was mired in a political stalemate after ambiguous parliamentary elections left the country without a government for ten months. At the same time, the U.S. was negotiating with the country's leadership to figure out the levels and legal status of U.S. troops that would remain in Iraq after combat operations ended the next year.
  • Afghanistan: Dogs of War (Service dogs)

    06/13/2014 3:22:01 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 06.03.14
    Throughout the course of the long war in Afghanistan, Coalition troops have relied on thousands of military working dogs to help keep them safe, and make their jobs easier
  • How Justices Kagan and Roberts Characterize Justice Sotomayor’s Dissent

    06/11/2014 4:03:09 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 28 replies
    Josh Blackman ^ | Josh Blackman
    In Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio, both Justices Kagan and, to a lesser extent, CJ Roberts use some pretty strong language to characterize Justice Sotomayor’s dissent. From Kagan’s opinion: •The dissent responds to this fact only with a pair of non-sequiturs. Post, at 18–19 (opinion of SOTOMAYOR, J.). •but cf. post, at 14 (SOTOMAYOR, J., dissenting) (wrongly stating that under that rule conversion occurs upon the agency’s re- ceipt of proof of the change). •It is, therefore, impossible to understand the dissent’s statement that conversion of such a petition to an appropriate category requires “ ‘substantive alteration’ to [the] petition.”...
  • Cat And Lynx Become Inseparable Friends

    06/08/2014 6:29:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 12 replies
    An European Lynx had a feline friend who came to visit her everyday at the Leningrad (St Petersburg) Zoo, the oldest zoo in Russia. The calico cat bonded with the Lynx on the first day they met. They have been inseparable since. Now they are living together at the Zoo.
  • Russian leadership backs restoration of Stalingrad name

    06/07/2014 2:00:03 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 65 replies
    Russia's deputy prime minister called on Saturday for the name Stalingrad to be restored to the city that was the site of a key World War II battle against the Nazis. "I never doubted the need to give back great Stalingrad its name. Not for the sake of Stalin, but for the sake of the Stalingraders," Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter.
  • ‘WTF was Obama thinking?’ Right Said Fred not too sexy to question Bergdahl

    06/07/2014 8:05:09 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    Even The Freds know that the Bergdahl exchange stinks to high heaven:
  • UNC's McCants: 'Just show up, play' [Academic fraud allegations]

    06/07/2014 7:31:19 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    Rashad McCants, the second-leading scorer on the North Carolina basketball team that won the 2004-05 national title, told ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that tutors wrote his term papers, he rarely went to class for about half his time at UNC, and he remained able to play largely because he took bogus classes designed to keep athletes academically eligible. McCants told "Outside the Lines" that he could have been academically ineligible to play during the championship season had he not been provided the assistance. Further, he said head basketball coach Roy Williams knew about the "paper class" system at UNC. The...
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Brandon Friedman smears Bergdahl platoon mates

    06/05/2014 3:55:57 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 36 replies
    Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership? (1/5)— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) June 5, 2014
  • ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ Reviews: Tom Cruise Kills It

    06/04/2014 4:42:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 179 replies
    “Edge of Tomorrow” isn't expected to be the box office smash its $178 million budget suggests Warner Bros. hoped it would be, but at least audiences can expect one of the best big-budget movies in theaters this summer. Critics love Tom Cruise's latest action film, which blends science fiction elements with a premise borrowed from classic Bill Murray comedy “Groundhog Day.” Like Murray, Cruise plays a man who is forced to “Live. Die. Repeat” for what must feel like an eternity, except instead of picking up women and causing trouble in a sleepy Pennsylvania town most famous for a rodent,...
  • June 3rd, 1989 - Ayatollah Khomeini assumes room temperature /Tiananmen square (25 year ago today)

    06/03/2014 3:16:54 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 4 replies
    June 3rd, 1989 - Ayatollah Khomeini assumes room temperature /Tiananmen square (25 year ago today). I remember that night very well, I was at a bar when I heard the good news about Khomeini.
  • Terminator 5 Movie News: More Behind The Scenes Of Arnold Schwarzenegger..

    06/01/2014 1:52:18 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 31 replies ^ | 05.30.14
    Terminator 5 Movie News: Arnold Schwarzenegger is back for as he has promised to be in the movie series that sky rocketed his career. The cast and crew reportedly filmed in the CCC in New Orleans over the weekend where they are expected to finish filming by Monday
  • Bowe Bergdahl, U.S. soldier held by Taliban, was "ashamed to be American," emails show (Flashback)

    06/01/2014 8:51:00 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 41 replies
    CBS News ^ | AP/June 8, 2012, 2:51 AM
    Emails an American soldier reportedly sent to his parents before he was captured by the Taliban three years ago suggest he was disillusioned and considering deserting. Bowe Bergdahl told his parents he was "ashamed to even be American" and was disgusted with the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and with the Army, according to emails quoted in Rolling Stone magazine.
  • Box Office: 'Maleficent' Bewitches Friday Moviegoers for $65 Million-Plus Debut (LOTR ripoff)

    05/31/2014 6:50:45 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Seth MacFarlane's R-rated Western comedy "A Million Ways to Die in the West" looking at a more tepid opening in the $20 million range. Angelina Jolie's live-action fairy tale Maleficent is whipping up a powerful potion at the Friday box office, where it could approach $25 million for the day for a weekend debut in the $65 million-plus range. Disney considers anything over $60 million a victory.
  • Sir Christopher Lee celebrates 92nd birthday, Releases Heavy Metal tribute

    05/30/2014 3:43:54 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 88 replies
    anglotopia ^ | May 29th, 2014
    How would you spend your 92nd birthday? Would you record a heavy metal album? Well, that’s what Christopher Lee did. This year, he’s created an album of covers of various songs in a heavy metal style as a tribute to Miguel de Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote. It’s called “Metal Knight.”