Saturday, June 30, 2012
Via RIA Novosti: An international conference on Syria, intended to discuss all viable mechanisms of ensuring a ceasefire in the Middle Eastern country, started its work in Geneva on Saturday. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that he felt a change in the United States' position, after speaking with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about Syria on Friday. "We have a very good chance tomorrow in Geneva to find a common denominator and find a path forward in order to stimulate the implementation of Annan's Plan from both sides of the Syrian conflict", Lavrov said.
Via TMZ: Katie Holmes filed for divorce primarily over Tom Cruise's fierce ties to Scientology, fearing that Tom would drag Suri deep into that sect. The divorce is not about money. Katie just does not want Tom to control decisions relating to religion. She is right. Katie and Tom should convert to Christian Orthodoxy and the teachings of the Greek Orthodox Church and the Christian Orthodox Bible rather than giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, which now ruin both their and their daughter's lives.
Via The Telegraph: With demand growing in Asia and South America for everything from trucks made by Caterpillar to iPads manufactured by Apple, many U.S. companies have been able to keep profits rising despite the struggle of the U.S. consumer. But the first quarter's profit growth was the slowest since the world's largest economy technically emerged from recession in the middle of 2009. As if this grim economic outlook was not enough, just days after the breakdown of talks with the West over Iran’s nuclear program, the deputy chief commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards announced that there soon will be war – and that Allah will ensure his forces are victorious. Gen. Hossein Salami, in a televized interview, boasted that, "Iran has complete control of all the enemy’s interests around the world and is on a path to reach equivalency with world powers", according to WND.
Via American Power: SI.com has learned that Fox Sports is aggressively pursuing ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews for a role at its network. Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN, according to identical tweets by PR staffers (Josh Krulewitz, Mike Humes, and Mike Soltys) at the sports media giant, according to The Huffington Post.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Via Hollyscoop: Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are actually getting a divorce, and it seems like Katie was the one who filed for the split. Holmes attorney Jonathan Wolfe said, "This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest".
Via Theo Spark: Boca Raton Beach beauty, Amanda Jemini, won over the judges at the Hooters 16th Annual International Swimsuit Pageant and will represent Hooters for the next year.
Via La Gazzetta Dello Sport: Super Mario Balotelli is the new hero of Italy following the brace that floored Germany and catapulted Italy into the Euro 2012 Final. Super Mario decisive against Germany: "My mum was here and I hugged her before the match. My dad will be here for the Final against Spain, and I hope to play even better. People were upset by my celebration? Perhaps it’s because I’ve an incredible physique and they’re jealous!"
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Via American Power: Assailants attacked the offices of Microsoft in Athens on Wednesday, driving a van through the front doors and setting off an incendiary device that burned the building entrance, police said.
Via France 24: E.U. leaders are under pressure to prevent a catastrophic collapse of the euro at a two-day summit beginning Thursday in Brussels. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected proposals to pool eurozone debt in favor of greater fiscal responsibility. In Athens, Greece, a 45-year-old man plunged from the Acropolis Hill, the site of the Parthenon, on Thursday, and was transfered to a hospital with serious head injuries. There has been a sharp spike in suicides in Greece in recent months, most attributed to deepening financial problems stemming from Greece's economic crisis, according to Ekathimerini. The future looks grim for a lot of people, since trillions of dollars and euros have been printed out of thin air.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Via The Voice Of Russia: The Russian Foreign Ministry has stigmatized the NATO stance on the Turkish aircraft incident as "one-sided". A Turkish war plane has been shot down by Syrian air defense after it entered the Syrian air space. Speaking in the wake of a NATO ad hoc meeting, Ivan Soltanovsky, Head of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Department for European Cooperation, said Moscow expected NATO member states, who have recently convened in Brussels, to agree on a common stand that would benefit the whole region, instead of siding with their ally.
Via The Voice Of Russia: A German regional court has rightly ruled that circumcision on religious grounds is a form of "bodily harm". Circumcision of children should be outlawed everywhere. Circumcision is genital mutilation. Some Jewish community leaders, probably Khazar counterfeit Jews, have now reacted angrily, saying that circumcision of newborn boys is part of their religion and has been practiced worldwide for centuries. Well, there have been idiots around for millions of years, but this is the 21st century, and we got the Gospel of Christ for a reason. In Sweden some brave and good political decisions have also been taken, like outlawing the barbaric and very cruel form of animal torture called kosher or halal. Hopefully the whole world will outlaw circumcision - which is bodily mutilation - of boys and girls. This brave court of Cologne's decision is clearly a step in the right direction to stop barbaric practices causing bodily harm on ideological or other unjustified grounds. Unfortunately there still are evil men who want to continue their unspiritual and evil torture practices on children and also on animals, in forms of circumcisions and painful slaughter methods. If these satanic and ungodly people had their ways we should still stone people and stop people from eating healthy food. "For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death", Romans 8:2.
Via UPI: Ahmed Shafiq, President Hosni Mubarak's last Prime Minister and the loser in the presidential runoff, left Egypt Tuesday, his lawyer said. Shafiq is on a private trip that will include a religious pilgrimage to Mecca with his daughters. Shafiq plans to start a new political party when he returns, his lawyer said. Shafiq had been barred from leaving the country to face charges of corruption during his tenure as Civil Aviation Minister. He is accused of wasting billions of public dollars as well as embezzling $800 millions. Shafiq released a statement congratulating the victor, Mohamed Morsi, and urging him to govern as President of all Egyptians. In an interview with CNN, Ahmed Deif, Morsi's policy adviser, promised Egypt will not become an "Islamic Republic" like Iran. The Muslim Brotherhood candidate who won a narrow victory, plans to name a woman and a Christian as vice-Presidents.
Via France 24: At least three station employees were killed early on Wednesday when gunmen stormed Syria's pro-government al-Ikhbariya TV channel, the station said. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said that the country is in "a state of war", according to France 24.
Computer Hacker Who Leaked Nude Photos Of Scarlett Johansson "Will Be Ordered To Pay Her $66.000 And Spend Five Years In Jail"
Via Mail Online: The man who hacked Scarlett Johansson's emails and leaked nude photographs of her online should pay over $150.000 in restitution to her and other victims according to U.S prosecutors involved in the case. The new documents filed with U.S. District Court in California and seen by TMZ.com state that Christopher Chaney should be made to pay Johansson $66.179:46 and be sentenced to five years in prison for his illegal hacking. Thirty-five-year-old Chaney pleaded guilty to nine hacking charges in March after stealing nude and revealing pictures of celebrities including Christina Aguilera and Mila Kunis and sending them to celebrity gossip sites.
Via Just Jared: Katy Perry pops out of a box of popcorn for her performance at the premiere of her film Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D held at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Tuesday (June 26) in Hollywood.
Via The New York Times: When I moved to Manhattan, where I lived a couple of years, I saw "When Harry Met Sally" together with a few friends. The Nora Ephron romantic comedy became a hit movie in 1989 starring Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan. Nora Ephron, became one of her era’s most successful screenwriters and filmmakers. She died Tuesday night in Manhattan. She was 71.
Via 2012thebigpicture: Bank accounts have been hacked in the U.S., Europe, and South America. A new generation of computer virus has stolen up to 550 millions from 60 banks around the world. The victims are wealthy individuals and corporations. A major Swedish bank is reportedly on the list.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Via Marc And Angel Hack Life: Close the door to the habits that have been holding you back, change the record, clean the house, and get rid of the dust and dirt. Stop denying yourself a fair chance. Stop being who you were, and become who you really are.
Via American Power: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer expressed gratitude that the U.S. Supreme Court upheld part of Arizona’s immigration law.
Jewish Federation Of Los Angeles Cancels Pamela Geller Event After Threats From Council On American–Islamic Relations
Via American Power: Pamela Geller rightly protests against the Jewish capitulation of the Jewish Federation to Islamic supremacist Jew-haters.
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Respected medical researcher Jenny McCarthy will be in Playboy again this month, and hopefully she’ll talk some more about the causes of autism. What are those causes? I have no idea, and neither does Jenny. Which is why she’s showing her tits in Playboy again.
Via Flanders News: The Belgian consumers' organization Test-Aankoop has compiled a list of the cities offering the best quality of life. Bruges came out on top, followed by Hasselt, Leuven, Genk, and Ghent. The first Walloon city is Marche-en-Famenne on 6. Brussels occupies the 18th spot. At the bottom of the list is the city of Charleroi, confirming its bad reputation at 21st place. The poll only involved Brussels, the 10 provincial capitals, and the second biggest city in each of the 10 Belgian provinces.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Via SVT: The crisis in Spain has forced many Spaniards to seek work overseas. One Spaniard in four is unemployed. During the first quarter of this year the number of Spanish citizens who went abroad doubled. Many move to Mexico, where the economy is booming.
Via American Power: Turkey has acknowledged that its fighter jet entered Syrian airspace. Nevertheless the Ankara regime now toughens its rhetoric. Syria did of course the right thing shooting down the hostile warplane intruder that breached its national sovereignty and territorial integrity. NATO said it would hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday following a request from Turkey that invoked Article Four of the alliance's founding treaty, which covers threats to member states' security. Hopefully Russia, Sweden, and Austria will give Syria robust support and defend justice in this case, after the blatant Turkish (NATO) violation of the Syrian airspace. Syria's border defenses against continued Turkish aggression are clearly insufficient and must be strengthened.
Via Newsmax: Wealthy Americans aren’t just leaving tax-heavy states like New York and California, they’re leaving the country. About 8.000 U.S. citizens are projected to renounce their citizenship in 2012, or about 154 a week.
Via ESPN: Fernando Alonso of Ferrari won an incident-filled formula one European Grand Prix Sunday, in his hometown of Valencia in Spain, to become the first driver to win two races this season. Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus finished second, while Michael Schumacher earned a first podium finish since his comeback by coming third. "This race is probably the best victory I have ever felt. In terms of emotions, nothing compares to this", said Alonso, who cried on the podium as the Spanish national anthem was played.
Via American Power: If Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi were to become President, Egypt’s capital would no longer be Cairo, but would be Jerusalem, a prominent Egyptian cleric said at a presidential campaign rally, which was aired by an Egyptian private television channel.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
"Rogo autem vos fratres, ut observetis eos, qui dissensiones et offendicula, praeter doctrinam, quam vos didicistis, faciunt, et declinate ab illis. Huiusmodi enim Christo Domino nostro non serviunt, sed suo ventri, et per dulces sermones et benedictiones seducunt corda innocentium". Romans 16:17 - 18
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Via Forbes: If you were offered a job in another city — or your current employer asked you to relocate — would you make the move?
Via The Washington Free Beacon: U.S. intelligence agencies are closely watching Israel’s military for signs it will conduct strikes on Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons, amid concerns the deadly nerve agents could fall under the control of Hezbollah or al Qaeda terrorists. Syria’s arsenal remains vulnerable as the result of the internal conflict currently underway in Syria between government forces and opposition rebels. Hezbollah has been very active in Syria, and there are reports that al Qaeda terrorists have moved into Syria during the current crisis. The New York Times reported Thursday that CIA operatives are working in southern Turkey to coordinate foreign assistance to Syrian rebel forces. At least 25 people have been killed and their bodies mutilated by "terrorists" in northern Syria BBC News reports. Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree to form a new government on Saturday, shaking up many cabinet posts but keeping the heads of the interior, defense, and foreign ministries, according to The Jerusalem Post.
Via The Moscow Times: Moscow ranked the worst for doing business of 30 Russian cities in a World Bank survey released Thursday. The survey evaluated conditions in four areas: starting a business, registering property, obtaining construction permits, and connecting to the electricity grid. The position is an embarrassment for Mayor Sergei Sobyanin who promised companies would face fewer hassles. He took charge of the city at the end of 2010. "This is a serious negative signal for us to change the situation, and that's what we are trying to do", Deputy Mayor Andrei Sharonov said. Ulyanovsk, Saransk, and Vladikavkaz won the top three spots, respectively.
Via Theo Spark: President Obama personally inserted himself into the Fast & Furious gun walking scandal after he extended executive privilege over certain DOJ documentation. Was the Fast & Furious a botched scandal, or a deliberate effort to undermine the Second Amendment? Find out as Bill Whittle explores the ideological motives behind the Fast & Furious scandal.
Via American Power: Jurors convicted the celebrated former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on all but three of 48 charges that he sexually abused 10 boys over a period of 15 years. He could be ordered to spend the rest of his life in prison when he is sentenced in three months. Moments after the verdict was read in the courtroom, Sandusky, 68, rose from his seat with tears in his eyes, one of his lawyers said. When his bail of $250,000 was revoked, Sandusky gave a small wave to his family and was led away in handcuffs to a waiting sheriff's car to be taken to the Centre County jail.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Moody's Investors Service lowered the credit ratings of 15 of the world's largest banks late Thursday, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Goldman Sachs, saying their long-term prospects for profitability and growth are shrinking.
Via Worthy Christian News: According to reports by the Vatican's Fides News Agency, the U.S.-backed Syrian Army are sacking Churches and issuing threats that all Christians will be cleansed from rebel-held territory.
Via France 24: The widely popular Twitter website went offline for many users Thursday, prompting a flurry of complaints on rival sites. "Twitters broke, my life has no meaning anymore", one user wrote on the social media website Tumblr. Another wrote, "twitter is down and my life is over".
Via American Power: Syndicated Columnist, NY Times #1 Best Selling Author, President of Twitchy.com, Michelle Malkin, offers her perspective on the latest updates on the "Fast and Furious" case.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Via Arutz Sheva: MK Aryeh Eldad called Thursday to end Muslim control over visits to the Temple Mount. He said: "The time has come to end the occupation. The Muslim occupation that occurred 1.300 years ago, and is still in effect on the Temple Mount". Also Thursday, a Jewish visitor to the Temple Mount complained that Islamic Waqf officials had ordered him to remove his kippah because it offended them. The British visitor, who asked to remain anonymous, said he chose to leave the scene rather than take off his kippah. "I think this time the Waqf thought they could single me out because we looked like a group of foreign tourists and I was the only one wearing a kippah", he stated, according to IsraelNationalNews. The Temple is about to be rebuilt on the Temple Mount, (Revelation chapter 11) and the Hagia Sophia Church will likewise reopen its doors for Divine service (2 Thessalonians 2:4), for there is no difference between Jew and Greek according to Romans 10:12. The Jews use shekels, but the Greeks will soon use drachmas again. The camp of the saints, and also the beloved city, these holy places will be defended by the Lord Himself, according to Revelation 20:9. χξς which is Greek for 666, when turned sideways, looks like what is translated as "Bismillah", or "in the name of Allah", see Revelation 13:18. The stage is now set for the anti-Christ. "And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh". Luke 21:28
Via The Moscow Times: Russia's military is preparing to evacuate Russian nationals from Syria, including servicemen from the country's naval base at Tartus, media reports said Thursday. Violence in Syria killed 119 people on Thursday, most of them civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that the death toll included 66 civilians and 43 regime troops, according to Business Recorder. Aid teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Syrian Red Crescent said Thursday that violence has forced them to halt attempts to evacuate wounded civilians from the western Syrian city of Homs, according to Voice of America.
Via Flanders News: Figures collected from across Europe and the United States show that the Belgians are worst off where losing time due to traffic congestion is concerned. Where individual cities are concerned, Brussels and Antwerp are on number 2 and 3 in the list.
Via The Local: The discovery of explosives on the premises of Swedish nuclear power plant Ringhals south of Gothenburg indicates that nuclear terrorism now has reached new levels.
Via The Wall Street Journal: Air France said Thursday it needs to cut 10% of its work force by the end of 2013 as it struggles to get back to profitability and warned that forced departures would be unavoidable if labor unions don't sign on to revised existing work contracts. The decision to eliminate 5.120 jobs from its total work force of 49.300 mirrors headcount reductions planned by European competitors.
Via American Power: The Attorney General is supposed to protect a President from legal and political snares, a part of his job description that Eric Holder seems to have missed. He's now succeeded in drawing President Obama into a brawl with Congress by invoking "executive privilege" to withhold documents.
Via Theo Spark: The middle class taxpayers in Europe bail out the millionaires.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Via The Moscow Times: The United States says the Russian military was preparing to dispatch three more ships to Syria after a separate transport carrying attack helicopters turned back when its U.K. insurer removed its coverage.
Via The Wall Street Journal: Microsoft Corp. on Monday unveiled the first computer it has ever made, a tablet called the Surface that comes with a keyboard and other features designed to stand out in a market dominated by Apple Inc.
Via the Los Angeles Times: A central Texas grand jury has ruled that a local father who beat to death a man he reportedly caught molesting his 5-year-old daughter will not be charged in connection with the attack. The attack happened at a horse barn between the farming towns of Shiner and Yoakum. Investigators said the 23-year-old father, who lives in Yoakum and whose name has not been released, ran toward his daughter's screams, pulled 47-year-old Jesus Mora Flores of Gonzalez, Texas, off his child and beat him to death with his bare hands.
Via BBC News: A deal has been struck to form a new Greek coalition government, the leader of the Greek Socialists (Pasok) says. "Greece has a government", Evangelos Venizelos said, following talks with the conservative election winner, Antonis Samaras. Details are expected to be finalized later on Wednesday. Greece is in its fifth year of recession. The coalition is expected to seek some easing of the tough terms of Greece's huge E.U.-IMF bailout.
Via The Guardian: Julian Assange has asked for asylum at Ecuador's embassy in London. Assange apparently fears that Sweden would send him to the United States. He is said to believe he might face a trial there for espionage, although the U.S. has made no announcement to this effect. Sweden is seeking Assange's extradition from the U.K. in connection with alleged offences of sexual molestation and rape.
Via MSN: France advanced to the quarterfinals of the European Championship in unimpressive fashion Tuesday, losing 2-0 to Sweden but going through thanks to England's win over Ukraine. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored one of the best goals of the tournament with an acrobatic volley in the 54th minute and Sebastian Larsson added an injury-time goal to give already eliminated Sweden its first points of the tournament.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Via CNN: Time is running out for a diplomatic solution to Western concerns about Iran's nuclear program, Israeli President Shimon Peres said in an interview with CNN. President Peres said Iranian leaders would be making a costly mistake in believing the threat of military action is an empty one.
Via Spiegel Online: The mood at the Vatican is apocalyptic. Men wearing purple robes are rushing around, hectically monitoring correspondence. No one trusts anyone anymore, and some even hesitate to communicate by phone. Pope Benedict XVI seems tired, and both unable and unwilling to seize the reins amid fierce infighting and scandal. While Vatican insiders jockey for power and speculate on his successor, Joseph Ratzinger has withdrawn to focus on his still-ambiguous legacy.
Via Bornrich: Vladimir Putin’s Luxury Watch Collection is worth millions of dollars according to opposition group Solidarity. President Putin is however known for gifting the luxury watches as well, often spontaneously his very own wristwatch.
Via BBC News: Asked by a Canadian journalist to explain why North Americans should "risk their assets to help Europe", Jose Manuel Barroso replied: "Frankly, we are not here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy. This crisis was not originated in Europe... seeing as you mention North America, this crisis originated in North America".
Via American Power: There is a cascade of bad news out of Spain, which again rattles faith in the E.U. currency bloc's ability to support its most troubled members.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Via The Telegraph: What Greece needs most is growth for the private economy, something which of course only is possible without austerity measures. Bailout proceedings in Europe now pave the way for extremism, poverty, and totalitarianism. The problem is that we don't share a common language, a common leader, and a common culture. This is the decade when greedy bankers now succeed with destroying democracy, peace, and prosperity in Europe by a common currency, without first providing the necessary fundament.
Via BBC News: New Democracy's Antonis Samaras met leaders of the other two largest parties, but no deal on a coalition has yet been announced. Independent Greeks leader Kammenos says no to coalition government. Kammenos says he will only support bills that help Greeks escape grip of lenders. When we hear that Samaras did not offer to re-negotiate, we had it, Kammenos said.
Via IsraelNationalNews: Ships carrying Russian commandos may soon sail to Syria to escort strongman Bashar Assad to safety from the country where a rebellion against him is growing fiercer. Two Russian navy ships are completing preparations to sail to Syria with a unit of marines on a mission to also protect Russian citizens and the nation’s base there, according to The Times Of Israel. Maj.-Gen. Vladimir Gradusov was quoted by Interfax as saying, "We won’t abandon the Russians but evacuate them from the conflict zone if necessary".
Via American Power: Women are often at their most fertile and attractive at the ages 18-22. Men being attracted to women of this age are normal.
Via SPACE.com: NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has encountered a new environment more than 11 billion miles from Earth, suggesting that the venerable probe is on the cusp of leaving the solar system. Voyager 1 - currently 11.1 billion miles (17.8 billion kilometers) - from its home planet will become the first human-made object to enter interstellar space. Beginning on May 7, the cosmic ray hits have increased five percent in a week and nine percent in a month. Voyager 1 is still within a huge bubble called the heliosphere, which is made of solar plasma and solar magnetic fields. This gigantic structure is about three times wider than the orbit of Pluto.
Via Disclose.tv: Our Earth has a hollow core, and the inner Earth expedition that launches in July of 2013 will locate the passageway to get into the Earth. A legend says that at a certain place above the Arctic Circle, there exists an oceanic depression or an entrance into the Earth. It’s a place where the maritime legend claims sea level isn’t level anymore. The discovery that the Earth is hollow would forever shatter our long-held beliefs about how planets are formed.
Via Disclose.tv: In what is referred to as the "microaviary" on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, drones are in development and design to replicate the flight patterns of moths, hawks, and other air-borne creatures of the all-natural planet. Greg Parker, aerospace engineer, explains: "We’re looking at how you hide in plain sight" for the objective of carrying out espionage or kill missions. Cessna-sized Predator drones can be used to carry out unmanned attacks. The U.S. Pentagon has an estimated 7.000 aerial drones in their arsenal. In 2011, the Pentagon requested $5 billion for drones from Congress by the year 2030.
Via The Moscow Times: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is calling attention to the introduction of a common currency for the Eurasian Union of former Soviet countries as a hedge against growing volatility in global financial markets. The idea of the Eurasian Union was first voiced by then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in October 2011. The Eurasian Union is expected to start functioning in 2015. Leonid Slutsky, head of the State Duma's CIS committee, said the common currency could be introduced shortly after 2015, when the union's structure becomes clear. Slutsky said the Eurasian Union wouldn't be "a copy of the European Union, but it could borrow the main positive factors", adding the Russian ruble could be used for the common Eurasian economic space.
Via The New York Times: The Muslim Brotherhood early Monday projected its candidate, an Islamist, as the winner of Egypt’s first competitive presidential election, hours after the ruling military council issued an interim constitution granting itself broad power over the future government, all but eliminating the President’s authority in an apparent effort to guard against just such a victory.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Via BBC News: Greece's right-wing New Democracy party has a narrow lead over its left-wing rivals after parliamentary elections, official projections suggest. New Democracy broadly supports a modified European bailout deal whereas Syriza opposes the measure. If the projections from the interior ministry are proved correct, New Democracy should be able to build a majority coalition, benefiting from a rule which gives the leading party 50 extra seats in the 300-seat chamber.
Via BBC News: The Socialist Party of France's President Francois Hollande has won enough seats in parliament to form an absolute majority. It means the Socialists will not have to rely on support from either the Greens or the far-left.
Via The Huffington Post: While 5-year-old Tiana Evans was at a public pool with her mom in American Fork, Utah, earlier this week, she thought she saw a little girl trying to grab a ball from the bottom. But when Tiana swam closer, what she found instead was that the 4-year-old was actually trying to come up for air... Tiana is the latest child to prove that the young are highly capable of thinking on their feet in life-threatening situations.
Via Ragan: There are eight tips to craft a message that Twitter followers will retweet. 1. Include links. 2. Opt for timely news. 3. Share tech news. 4. Use "you" instead of "I". 5. Calm down. 6. Embrace verbosity, to an extent. 7. Use punctuation, especially colons and periods. 8. Drop a brand name.
Via Yahoo! Sport: Audi defended their Le Mans 24 Hours endurance title with Germany's Andre Lotterer taking the chequered flag for the second year in a row in a 1-2-3 finish for the dominant manufacturer. Audi's 11th win in the last 13 years was a first for a diesel-hybrid car at the Sarthe circuit. They won last year with a diesel engine. The number one Audi R18 - shared by Lotterer, France's Benoit Treluyer and Switzerland's Marcel Faessler - led for most of the race and denied Denmark's Tom Kristensen a ninth win in the number two car. Germany's Mike Rockenfeller, a winner for Audi in 2010, wrapped up a sweep of the podium places as he crossed the line in third place in the non-hybrid Audi ultra. The spectacular Nissan Deltawing crashed however.
Extra-Terrestrial Millennium Falcon Spaceship That Crashed Into The Baltic Sea Lifted Above The Seabed
Via Mail Online: The Swedish expedition team that took the plunge in the Baltic Sea, raised the Millennium Falcon object about 10 to 13ft above the seabed. At the center of the object, which has a 60-meter diameter, there is an "egg shaped hole leading into it from the top". The Ocean Explorer team's sonar pictures show that the object is a massive cylinder with a 60 meter diameter and a 400 meter-long tail deep in the Baltic Sea. A similar disk-shaped object was also found about 200 meters away. Another find that they saw in person for the first time was the 985-foot trail that they described "as a runway or a downhill path that is flattened at the seabed with the object at the end of it".
Via Ekathimerini: Greeks go to the polls today and maybe they will break the chains of the international bankers and claim their freedom. Greece should be given a chance to renegotiate the terms of its 130 billion-euro international bailout, Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Paris-based OECD said on Saturday. But also speaking on Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, insisted that any new Greek government would have to stick with the current austerity policies. The best for the Greeks is however to get out of the tyrannical eurozone and to leave the E.U. dictatorship altogether.
Via The Local: The best thing to happen to Swedish football in years is a bikini-clad music video in support of Sweden at the Euro 2012 football championships. Yesterday Theo Walcott stepped off the bench and it took only a few minutes before he belted in an equalizer for England against Sweden. Walcott then set up the winner, England won with 3 - 2, and eliminated Sweden at the Euro championships by a surprise win. Walcott was a substitution managers dream of. Well, we can at least enjoy the Swedish music video.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Via Ekathimerini: Eurogroup head Jean-Claude Juncker warns Greeks not to turn their backs on the euro. Juncker said that a win by anti-bailout radical leftists in a vote on Sunday would have "unforeseeable" consequences for the monetary union.
Via American Power: Gisele Bündchen’s success combining business with modeling is influencing young, ascendant models. Over the last 12 months, the combined earnings of the top ten highest-paid models, from Gisele Bündchen to Candice Swanepoel, totals just under $100 million.
Via American Power: High-wire artist Nik Wallenda fulfilled his dream of walking across Niagara Falls on a tightrope Friday. Wallenda’s walk took him along a 2-inch-wide cable from Terrapin Point on the U.S. side of Niagara Falls to Table Rock on the Canadian side, a distance of about 1.800 feet at a height of about 180 feet.
Via Newsmax: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who has called for more border protection, was taken by surprise at President Barack Obama’s immigration announcement. She called it "backdoor amnesty", and said she was taken aback when the Department of Homeland Security announced that the U.S. would provide amnesty to children of illegal immigrants who meet certain criteria and are in the country in good standing.
Friday, June 15, 2012
Via The Christian Post: Scientists claim the bones discovered in a Church in Bulgaria may be those of John the Baptist, the biblical figure known for baptizing Jesus. Three animal bones were also discovered in the marble box along with inscriptions in ancient Greek that bore the name and purported date of birth of the saint. Scientists were skeptical of the claims following the discovery, but carbon dating tests carried out at Oxford University found that at least one of the bones – a knucklebone – dated back to the 1st century AD, which is when John the Baptist is said to have lived prior to his beheading ordered by King Herod.
Via The Wall Street Journal: Greek left-wing party Syriza's ascent has given officials in Brussels and Berlin more than a few sleepless nights. Alexis Tsipras, the party's fiery 37-year-old leader, vows that he'll tear up the E.U.-IMF bailout agreement but keep Greece within the eurozone. If he becomes Prime Minister, Tsipras has said he'd nationalize Greek banks, halt privatizations, reverse pension and wage cuts, and scrap the current pledge to fire 150.000 government workers.
Via Ekathimerini: Greece's former Finance Minister said that if Greece reneges on its bailout deal with the E.U. and the IMF it will "open the door to hell". Now Bundesbank President and ECB policy maker, Jens Weidmann, says the new Greek government that will be elected on Sunday is bound by existing agreements and if it decides to unilaterally opt out of the program, that would mean the end of further financial help to Athens.
Via American Power: George Osborne announced a £140bn emergency scheme to try to avoid a second credit crisis caused by the ongoing chaos in the eurozone.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Via Yahoo! News: Germany and France have signed a declaration of intent to cooperate on armament, and plan to coordinate their purchases in the long-term. "We must build a platform that others can join", said German Deputy Defense Minister Stephane Beemelmans. "Germany and France have often done this and that is what we want to do once again", he said. According to the declaration of intent, Germany and France want to coordinate their new purchases of tanks and artillery, and look into the possibility of cooperating on missile defense. Other countries, such as Italy, could also participate. Germany, France and Britain also plan to look into the possibility of developing a European drone, the declaration showed.
Via American Power: Is it one minute to midnight in Europe?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Via Theo Spark: Nigel Farage - Rearranging the deckchairs is not enough.
Via DEBKAfile: U.S. President Barack Obama has ordered the U.S. Navy and Air Force to accelerate preparations for a limited air offensive against the Assad regime and the imposition of no-fly zones over Syria.
Via WSWS: Given the worsening crisis in Syria, the Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper reported that the Russian army is being prepared for a mission in Syria. The units being prepared for an intervention are the 76th Division of airborne forces (an especially experienced unit of the Russian army), the 15th Army Division, as well as special forces from a brigade of the Black Sea fleet, which has a base in the Syrian port of Tartus. The growing threat of war in the Middle East — and the fact that the European countries, including Germany and France, are siding with the United States — is increasingly driving Russia into a military alliance with China.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Via WebProNews: Lamborghini will release a $2.725 Android smartphone in August with crocodile-skin trim, along with a $2.280 Android tablet that runs an outdated software version.
Via Mail Online: Greek emergency services were unable to rescue London Underground worker Jake Simkins, 41, who fell to Navagio beach on Zante after a gust of wind dragged his parachute off the cliff face. Jake Simkins, spoke to his partner, who is seven months pregnant, and sent her text messages as he spent three hours suspended from a cliff on the Greek island of Zante. The woman said he was calm, and that they were even joking. Jake asked for the emergency services to throw him a rope, so he could climb down. Antonis Potamitis, who runs tour boats to the bay and had collected Mr Simkins following other jumps, said he had repeatedly called the fire service and begged them to bring a specialist climbing team from Athens. Potamitis said: "I asked the local fire chief to call for specialist back up, but he wouldn’t listen. And even though three hours passed and he was hanging 70 meters above the rocks, they didn’t even get a rope down. How is that possible?".
Via WND: A man having what are described as "vampire teeth" has been arrested in the San Diego suburb of La Jolla, Calif., for allegedly attacking a homeless man and threatening to kill him. Commenting online, Melissa Dalton said, "That gentlemen’s mouth is the scariest thing I have seen today and I work at DHS, the Department of Homeland Security".
Monday, June 11, 2012
Via Al Arabiya News: Ultra-Orthodox Jews have sprayed Hebrew graffiti inside the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem, thanking the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler for the Holocaust, and denouncing Zionism. Khazar counterfeit orthodox Jews supported Hitler and ordered the massacre of six million Zionist Jews in Polish death camps. Now the orthodox Jews want Ahmadinejad to invade Israel and bomb the Jewish state with nuclear missiles. The Bible of the Christian Orthodox Church - the Greek Septuagint Old Testament and the Greek New Testament - supports Zionism and that every inch of Biblical Israel should be returned to the Jews. The vitriolic opposition from Khazar counterfeit orthodox Jews to the existence of the modern state of Israel now reaches new heights. It is a real tragedy the orthodox Jews not are satisfied with plundering the whole world through oppressive banks and corrupt politicians, but want the actual physical death and extermination of every true Jew in the world and especially in Israel. Hopefully the eyes of the true Jews - the Zionists - will be opened, so that they come to their senses and find the Orthodox Church, the Christian Orthodox Bible, and Christian Orthodox tradition, which manifest God's promise of a bright future for the Jewish people and the Zionist state.
Via American Power: Not this time! "Obama Girl" from 2008 campaign won't endorse President second time around.
Via The Telegraph: David and Samantha Cameron left their eight-year-old daughter alone in a pub as they traveled home from Sunday lunch with friends, it emerged last night. A Downing Street source said the "distraught" parents rushed inside and telephoned the pub, where staff reassured them that their daughter had been found alone in the lavatory and was being looked after. The staff knew who the girl was but had been unable to contact her parents because, as one pub insider put it: "It’s not like you can look up David Cameron in the phone book and then ring to say, 'You’ve left your daughter behind' ". At least Cameron's daughter was in good company. You can always trust people who drink whisky.
We need Monarchy to stand strong against external threats. But we also need Monarchy for democratic reasons in order to form strong governments. France has often been paralyzed for decades, having a socialist President and a conservative Prime Minister, or a conservative President and a socialist Prime Minister, constantly at odds with each other. Now the June 17 elections in Greece may lead to a new political deadlock there, according to Ekathimerini. Many countries in Europe have parliaments, where often 15 or more different and small political parties are represented. The Greek situation is quite common, with a lot of different political parties, and all of them having less than 20 percent popular support. Constitutional Monarchy and a majority system which gives the biggest political party all the seats in the parliament to form a strong government until next election is the only practical solution. Greece is unfortunately a Republic, and every Republic will always crash down and disappear with its people, since a President never is a person with the divine right to represent and rule his people at an adult age declared already from his birth. Without a political majority system - where the biggest political party gets all the seats in the parliament and thus can form a strong unity government until next election - the Greek people now not only pay a lot for its unnecessary Presidential elections, but also for all these parliamentary elections, which never are desicive, but only create deadlock and weak and shortlived irresponsible government coalitions.
Via France 24: Exit polls showed left-wing parties and their allies with 46.9% of the votes in the first round of France’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, while the conservative UMP garnered 34.6%, in a ballot marked by low voter turnout.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Via EUobserver: Eurozone finance ministers have agreed to disburse up to €100bn for Spain's troubled banks, but without an accompanying austerity program as for Greece, Ireland, and Portugal.
Via American Power: Spectators at the Four-Wide Nationals, in Charlotte, North Carolina, were stunned when the uninjured driver climbed from the smoking wreckage, tossed a scrap of bodywork to the tarmac, and stomped off to the pits...
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Via Disclose.tv: A new analysis of a fragment of the FOXP2 gene reinforces that absolute proof can be obtained to confirm that the Starchild Skull is not human.
Via Flanders News: It was a 34-year-old French Muslim extremist, who attacked two police officers on the metro in Molenbeek last night. Now the body that keeps tabs on the terrorist threat in Belgium, the OCAD, has just heightened the country's terror alert level from 2 to 3 across Brussels. More at RTBF. Just a few days before - also in Molenbeek - a radical Muslim woman veiled in a niqab, representing "Sharia4Belgium", broke the nose of a police officer.
Via American Power: A group of naked activists, protesting capitalism in general and Quebec’s tuition hikes in particular, tried their hardest to crash the party on the Montreal street most closely associated with this weekend’s Canadian F1 Grand Prix.
Via ITAR-TASS: The Russian Defense Ministry has successfully test fired the Topol intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Russia announced on Thursday night that it had carried out a successful test of an inter-continental ballistic missile, seemingly explaining a mysterious moving light seen in the skies over Israel, Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Jordan, according to Jerusalem Post.
Via TMZ: Lindsay Lohan has been released from the hospital after totaling her car this afternoon in L.A.
Friday, June 08, 2012
Via Disclose.tv: The divers are now down and investigating the mysterious circle and reports from the ship say they are really amazed.
Via BBC News: There has been mixed news on the outlook for the eurozone's biggest economies. The Bank of France expects the French economy to contract by 0.1% between April and June this year, having predicted that there would be zero growth less than a month ago. But the German central bank has increased its forecast for German growth this year from 0.6% to 1%.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Via France 24: The new French government said Wednesday that it lowers the pension age to 60 for workers who began working at 18. Former right-wing President Nicolas Sarkozy raised France's retirement age from 60 to 62 despite months of protests that brought millions onto the streets.
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Via Rolling Stone: Madonna's MDNA world tour focuses a lot on powerful female archetypes - and she promises us couture, blood, and bruises!
Via EUobserver: Cyprus' E.U. presidency from 1 July to the end of 2012 will be "one of the most important half years in E.U.'s history", E.U. development commissioner Andris Piebalgs said Tuesday while on a trip to the island. Piebalgs said challenges arise both from the eurozone crisis and external relations. I wish Cyprus all the best as it now prepares to take over the European Union from 1 July 2012.
Via American Power: Marine Le Pen, the leader of the French far-Right, has threatened to sue Madonna over a video depicting the National Front chief with a swastika on her forehead. The fleeting image was shown at a concert the U.S.-born singer gave in Tel Aviv last Thursday as part of her MDNA world tour. Projected during the song Nobody Knows Me, the film morphed Madonna's face with a number of famous figures, including Chinese leader Hu Jinatao, U.S. Republican former presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and Pope Benedict XVI. Miss Le Pen's eyes and forehead then appear for a second before a swastika and the eyes of Adolf Hitler are superimposed onto the FN leader. Furious, Miss Le Pen threatened to sue the singer if she kept the video unchanged when she performs in Paris on the July 14 national holiday and in Nice in August. "If she does that in France, we'll be waiting for her", Marine Le Pen threatened Madonna. Marine Le Pen always tries to rule by fear. But I personally hope Madonna will have the guts to keep the video unchanged at the concerts in France. This is about freedom of expression and Madonna's art is great and to the point in this case. Marine Le Pen is the worst incarnation of French chauvinism and self-sufficiency. It is true France is invaded by Islam, but Marine Le Pen hates everything non-French, especially when it is European. So when Marine Le Pen says she does not like Islam or Muslim immigration she is not trustworthy, because she really only is jealous of the Germans, the British, and the Scandinavians. The worst part of Marine Le Pen is her will to continue the transformation of France into a totalitarian state, to take away the liberty from the French people, and ultimately to destroy the rest of Europe. I'm not happy with everything Madonna says or does, but I surely hope Madonna in this case will stand up against Marine Le Pen. The artistic freedom, whether it is about depicting Muhammad in cartoons, or depicting Marine Le Pen with a swastika, can never be negotiated. I would not myself depict Marine Le Pen with a swastika. But Marine Le Pen's furious attack on a famous artist's freedom of expression shows how strong the totalitarian tendencies including Islamo-fascism have grown in France. If Madonna can bring back freedom to France, I think the Norwegians have a serious contender for the next Nobel Peace Prize. Marine Le Pen said: "By the way, has Madonna given back the children she stole from Africa? Or did she end up buying them?". This really shows the bad character of Marine Le Pen and French nationalism, doesn't it?
Monday, June 04, 2012
Via The Moscow Times: A true partnership with the European Union is only possible after scrapping visa barriers, President Vladimir Putin told the leaders of the 27-member bloc Monday. Liberalizing visa policy "is the best basis of our relations", Putin said in opening remarks at the E.U.-Russia summit in a historic palace overlooking the Baltic Sea outside St. Petersburg. Moscow has been pressing Brussels on lifting travel restrictions, but some E.U. member states have been wary of doing this quickly. Both sides agreed at a summit in December to implement a list of more than 40 common steps, including safer passports and border posts, which Moscow says it wants to carry out by next year. As an example, Putin said Kremlin pool journalists risked illegally overstaying their visits to Berlin and Paris during Putin's trip to the cities last Friday because they had been given visas that lasted only a day. "We started the press conference quite late and they faced the risk of overstaying their visa. Well, should they get up and leave, or what?" Putin asked. E.U. Council President Herman van Rompuy and Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso did not respond directly to Putin's comment and Barroso said merely that he welcomed "substantial progress" on the issue. Putin also said that his guests from Brussels had agreed Sunday that Moscow's policy of giving priority to a Eurasian Union encompassing former Soviet states would not threaten cooperation with the E.U. Van Rompuy said he welcomed a Eurasian Union if it adheres to WTO rules. Barroso said he shared Putin's "ambition" for a free trade zone "from Lisbon to Vladivostok". The Russian initiative to scrap travel restrictions, visa barriers, and to strengthen free trade is very positive and gives hope for our common future indeed. The cultural, economical, and political unity between Russia including former Soviet states, and Europe including all Mediterranean countries, is about to be implemented.