Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Via The Swedish Wire: Sweden does no longer have the world's highest taxes, new EU statistics shows. Denmark, Belgium and France has overtaken the Scandinavian country, Swedish Radio said. At its peak, taxes accounted for 50 percent of Sweden's gross domestic product. Now they have fallen to below 45 percent, a reduction of more than 100 billion kronor ($15 billion). If the trend continues at the same pace, Sweden will be down to EU average of 40 percent within six, seven years, the TT news agency said. The Swedish government has pledged a fifth round of income tax cuts since 2006 in an effort to boost consumer spending. The central bank this month cut its main lending rate to 0.75 percent from 1 percent to boost demand after consumer prices unexpectedly fell last month.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Via The Independent The sun has "flipped upside down", with its north and south poles reversed to reach the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24, which will be completed in 11 years time, Nasa has said.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Monday, September 02, 2013
Via WWTDD: I love my grandparents for winning a World War and procreating, but I got stuck at their place this weekend which means endless hours of cable network news. I just can’t see one more bad CGI rendering of boats firing cruise missiles and hitting targets in another one of those Middle Eastern countries where everything is rubble and decay before the bombs even hit. I get most of my national security knowledge from artificial, scripted, TV shows. The TV is how I learned about sex and how to build a bear trap, it’s good enough for keeping informed on the world. I dig Homeland. The Muslims are treacherous bastards and the Americans are weak lying sex addicts. That seems fair. Claire Danes almost ruins it with her nervous mouse head jarring about. But, based on this advanced look at the season three premiere at the end of the month, at least we get to see her get popped on a staircase. Oh, yeah, spoiler alert. Fuck you.
Sunday, September 01, 2013
Via Disclose.tv: President Barack Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. He says congressional leadership plans to hold a debate and a vote as soon as Congress comes back in September. Obama says he has the authority to act on his own, but believes it is important for the country to have a debate. Military action would be in response to a chemical weapons attack the U.S. says Syrian President Bashar Assad's government carried out against civilians. The U.S. says more than 1.400 Syrians were killed in that attack last week. Meanwhile Russia dramatically escalated its denunciations of American threats to attack Syrian military targets on Saturday, as President Vladimir Putin called the arguments about chemical weapons that underlie the U.S. case "utter nonsense". The Foreign Ministry said a U.S. attack would be a "gross violation" of international law. Speaking out for the first time since an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus on Aug. 21, President Putin called on President Obama to find a nonviolent way out of the crisis. "I would like to address Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate: Before using force in Syria, it would be good to think about future casualties", Putin told Russian news agencies in Vladivostok during a tour of the country’s flood-stricken Far East. "Russia is urging you to think twice before making a decision on an operation in Syria", he said. Next week’s Group of 20 economic summit in St. Petersburg would be a good forum for discussing the Syrian issue, he said, "so why not take advantage of it?" The White House argued Friday that intelligence shows more than 1.400 people died from exposure to chemical weapons in an attack carried out by the Syrian military. President Putin said he was sure the attack was the work of rebels trying to provoke international — and especially American — involvement in the Syrian conflict. The regime of Bashar al-Assad, he said, would have had no reason to use chemical weapons at a time when it had gained the upper hand in the fighting. "While the Syrian army is on the offensive, saying that it is the Syrian government that used chemical weapons is utter nonsense", Putin said. On top of that, he said, the Obama administration’s "claims that proof exists, but is classified and cannot be presented to anybody, are below criticism. This is plain disrespect for their partners". Putin’s comments were soon underlined by a stern statement from the Foreign Ministry. After U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul had finished a meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov on Saturday, the ministry declared, "Russia has expressed its conviction that any forceful action against Syria that the U.S. could carry out in circumvention of the U.N. Security Council would be an act of aggression and a gross violation of international law". Putin said he was surprised by the vote in Britain’s Parliament on Thursday not to join a U.S. attack on Syrian military targets. "It shows that there are people guided by common sense there", he said. Putin said he and Obama have not discussed Syria since the alleged chemical weapons attack occurred.
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Via WWTDD: Whenever I go to extended family or large social functions and people ask me what I do, I always say I’m a pornographer. It’s simply the best way to get people to leave you alone. Nobody ever asks you, "Oh, yeah, what kind?" or "Who do you work for" or shit like that. They just slowly edge their children away from you allowing you to get easier access to the bar. But what I’d really like to be is a bikini designer. It seems like a pretty easy job. You take what you did the last time, change the colors a bit, add a different kind of knot, then you get some crazy hot chick to model it and everybody calls you a genius. Also, if you pretend to be gay, you get to hang out in the dressing room where all the girls change. I could do that.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Via Two Olive Trees: In his latest post Elijah the Tishbite esplains that Almighty God is sending Planet X or Nibiru to cross between the Sun and the Earth to cause three days of darkness as written in Joel 2:31. Some things Elijah the Tishbite writes are a bit difficult to understand. But remain calm and rest asssured people that this Levite will draw everything right for you in due time in the light of the Septuagint. If this is the appointed time for furthering my subduing of the emotional and material dimension, I might soon be at an appointed Greek Orthodox monastery again for necessary spiritual excercises. Elijah the Tishbite was by the way the person who in the 1980's laid out my Biblical and spiritual knowledge to my esoteric training, before I became baptized Greek Orthodox Christian at Mount Athos in Greece, which only happened in 2011. Anyway, this is what Elijah the Tishbite and his scribe Gloria wrote a couple of days ago: "I and Gloria, my scribe, are here because it is appointed to be. We do what we believe He has us to do at this appointed time before He moves us to the next appointed place to do whatever leads us to do, and to whomever He has to meet for His will to be done. We live like it is written, as strangers and pilgrims. We speak such hard words of truth that most people cannot bear them. Most so-called Christians are not spiritual from the pulpits on down of most churches, whatever kind. But there are some that are glad to hear the truth of Almighty God's Word His Lord Jesus or Michael gave, Daniel 12:1-3. We read in Daniel 11:37 of the son that has turned from the God of His father, from being a Christian to the god of Islam, Allah, as a muslim convert on Cyprus Island in Tim Cohen's book, "The Anti-Christ Prince and A Cup of Tea". It shows a photo of his mother, a high witch, placing her sword of approval upon Prince Charles' head saying that her master, the dragon, that is, Satan, will give him all the power and authority to be king over the soon-to-be arisen Roman Empire, Revelation 9:11, Revelation 13:1-2 + 18. The Queen of England is about ready to abdicate her throne and move to her new mansion under the Denver Airport along with all the rich elite to dwell in their new safety havens, all being the children of Satan as written in Almighty God's Word in Revelation l6:14-17. At this time Almighty God is sending Planet X or Nibiru to cross between the Sun and the Earth to cause three days of darkness as written in Joel 2:31. While the Earth is in total darkness, the Lord will come down as a bright star having the key to the bottomless pit to allow Satan spiritually to be set free to come up upon the Earth as written in Revelation 13:11 + 5 to be the ruler of his whole rebellious Earth for 42 months as written in Revelation 13:5. When Satan comes up upon this Earth, Prince Charles will come up out of the sea in a giant submarine as written in Revelation 13:1-2. Then we have Revelation 16:13-14. These three named will be placing demonic spirits into the rulers to be led by them every time they allow evil to dwell in their heart. They get more and more wicked. It's liken to the one that the Lord met who had a legion of demons in his earthly vessel. God knows how many person are running around like this in high places. No matter, come quickly, Lord Jesus. Elijah"
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Via abc NEWS: Venus is like a reclusive celebrity that gets the public's attention every couple of years, though in the planet's case it's more like every century. One group at NASA wants to get to know the real story behind Venus in a much more intimate setting. Rather than observe the planet from afar, either through Earth's observatories or with satellites and probes, Geoffrey Landis and his team at NASA want to put a sail-powered rover on Venus's surface. "Venus is the closest planet to Earth, but we know so little about it", Landis, the principal investigator behind the Venus landsail, told ABC News. "We'd be looking at a planet similar to Earth, but [something] went terribly wrong". Earth and Venus are both rock-based planets similar in size and gravity, but the similarities end there. "It's hotter than the inside of your oven, with a pressure like it's one kilometer under [Earth's] ocean", said Landis. He and his team have been looking at electronics and power sources that will hold up in these harsh conditions for Zephyr, their landsail rover named after one the Greek wind gods. Paul Mahaffy, the principal investigator behind the SAM suite of instruments on board the Curiosity rover on Mars, said that NASA has tried to do rigorous measurements in Venus's atmosphere but failed. "The Pioneer Venus Project's mass spectrometer got clogged up by sulfuric acid droplets as it went through the atmosphere", he said. "Part of the reason [Venus missions] haven't succeeded are the technical challenges". Landis's team went with a landsail design because it takes advantage of the planet's flat topography and its calm winds. "Venus's surface is remarkably smooth", said Landis. "It looks like a nice place for driving around". The rover would be passively powered by the sail and any electric power can instead be directed to the radio and the scientific instruments, he added. Thinking about how to power the rover on Venus's surface may seem premature. The famous seven minutes of terror that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory endured while landing Curiosity on Mars last year shows how stressful the landing procedure is. Zephyr still needs a detailed flight plan, though it would have to be different than Curiosity's. For one, if Zephyr used a large parachute equal in size to the one that that landed the Mars rover, it would act more as a hindrance because of Venus's thick atmosphere. "You need a much smaller parachute. Otherwise, it would take a long time to come down", said Landis. Landis and his colleagues have focused on getting Zephyr to Venus's surface, almost to the point that they're not even sure what to expect once it actually lands. "It's hard to predict what we'd find", said Landis. "But there are some very interesting land forms on Venus that we don't know anything about. It'd be enlightening to drive around and see what Venus looks like". Mahaffy is also excited to see the possible questions Zephyr might answer. "Why is the atmosphere nearly 100 times that of Earth's? Was there some big volcanic event hundreds of million years ago that brought all this material to the planet's surface?" he asked. "Oh man, there's terrific science to be done on Venus". While Zephyr wouldn't be the first rover to land on Venus, it would be the first to stay on the planet at least overnight. "The longest [lander] mission on Venus only lasted two hours", Landis said. Zephyr itself is still very early in its development, existing only on paper and prototypes. However, if it follows the path of Curiosity, we might see a crowd of excited engineers cheering Zephyr's triumphs in a decade or two.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Via Unknown Country: Food for thought. If Dr. Barrie Tower is telling even a small part of the truth, there are terrifying weapons capabilities that can be directed not just against the body of an individual, but against his mind. Put things like that into the hands of people who are hidden behind laws that protect them from scrutiny and exempt their actions from due process, and you have trouble.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
BRICS is an international political organization of leading emerging economies. The BRICS countries are the new economic powers in the world. Some of them have have very big populations like China and India, and some of them have large oil and gas reserves, like Russia and South Africa. China and India, respectively, will become the dominant global suppliers of manufactured goods and services, while Brazil, Russia, and South Africa will become similarly dominant as suppliers of raw materials.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Via The Local: Auto maker Volvo, the Swedish subsidiary of Chinese-based Geely Group, said on Friday it had received the green light from Beijing to build a second and third plant in China. An engine plant in the north Chinese city of Zhangjiakou will become operational during the autumn of this year, while an assembly plant in northeast China's Daqing city will be fully operational in 2014, the company said in a statement. Both companies are joint ventures, in which Volvo holds 30 percent and companies under the Geely Group hold the rest, the company said. The statement did not provide a figure for the size of the investment. Volvo has made China a priority, as it struggles with a European car market in crisis and remains a marginal brand even in the United States, its biggest national market. Volvo, which has an existing plant in the southwest Chinese city of Chengdu, was bought in 2010 by Geely, whose brands - Geely, Gleagle, Emgrand, and Englon - are virtually unknown in the West.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Via American Power: You've heard the proverbial tale about beheaded chickens running around as if nothing happened, but you've probably never seen a decapitated snake head bite its still thrashing body...
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Via Mail Online: Activists said rockets with chemical agents hit the suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka, and Jobar in the Ghouta region at dawn, killing more than a thousand people and making it the deadliest attack since the start of the two-year-long war.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Via Mail Online: She still has naked ambition! She's worn a multitude of seductive outfits, but Lady Gaga may have never looked so glamorous while dressed in so little. The 27-year-old pop star donned a glued on half-clamshell bikini - sans straps - with a massive beach blow-out hairdo in her latest music video offering Applause, displaying her incredibly smooth and curvaceous figure. The video opens with Gaga - a.k.a. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta - in lacy lingerie gyrating on a mattress on the floor. The moving montage then quickly flashes between her writhing and a winged version of herself suspended in mid air, all in stark black and white. She is then seen alternately inside a large soup pot and emerging from a black magician's hat like a rabbit. Gaga then assumes various personas, wherein the video bleeds out into color in surprising moments as she masquerades as the winged creature while a group of dancers writhe and convulse beneath her in a gaudy version of a sweaty nightclub. But the seemingly stream of consciousness and incongruous video has an explanatory moment when the screen explodes with a multitude of Gagas wearing different expressions. The schizophrenic display reveals the narrative motif underscoring the visually diverse video, communicating the complexity and variety of the performative masks she wears. Gaga appears to be saying she is acting at all times, trying on different characters for her various musical arrangements. In a characteristically odd but revealing moment she wears the make-up of a sad broken clown smearing the thick paint over her face - but then the visually vibrant narrative shows her as a caged woman in thick garish make-up. The entire display seems to be a not too subtle allusion to the performative personas she dons as a pop star, communicating how it is an art that leaves her overexposed and caged at the same time - with a multitude of identities populating the media with each new song/album she unveils. The narrative clearly communicates that she is a versatile performer, who only shows her audience what she wants them to see. In keeping with the visual arc Gaga then goes topless in leather gear as an unseen figure grasps her breasts to cover her modesty. As the Poker Face singer's head is superimposed over the body of a black swan, she reflectively sings about art and pop culture and her place in it as someone who "lives for the applause". She then carries a massive bouquet that dwarfs her body, seemingly communicating her out-sized desire for adulation. The video abruptly ends with her writhing on the bare mattress in lingerie and cutting to her convulsing seductively on the ground in her clamshell mermaid outfit.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Via ScienceDaily: Voyager 1 appears to have at long last left our solar system and entered interstellar space, says a University of Maryland-led team of researchers. Carrying Earthly greetings on a gold plated phonograph record and still-operational scientific instruments -- including the Low Energy Charged Particle detector designed, built and overseen, in part, by UMD's Space Physics Group -- NASA's Voyager 1 has traveled farther from Earth than any other human-made object. And now, these researchers say, it has begun the first exploration of our galaxy beyond the Sun's influence. "It's a somewhat controversial view, but we think Voyager has finally left the Solar System, and is truly beginning its travels through the Milky Way", says UMD research scientist Marc Swisdak, lead author of a new paper published online this week in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Swisdak and fellow plasma physicists James F. Drake, also of the University of Maryland, and Merav Opher of Boston University have constructed a model of the outer edge of the Solar System that fits recent observations, both expected and unexpected. The Sun's envelope, known as the heliosphere, is relatively well-understood as the region of space dominated by the magnetic field and charged particles emanating from our star. The heliopause transition zone is both of unknown structure and location. According to conventional wisdom, we'll know we've passed through this mysterious boundary when we stop seeing solar particles and start seeing galactic particles, and we also detect a change in the prevailing direction of the local magnetic field. NASA scientists recently reported that last summer, after eight years of travel through the outermost layer of the heliosphere, Voyager 1 recorded "multiple crossings of a boundary unlike anything previously observed". Swisdak and his colleagues suggest that Voyager 1 actually crossed the heliopause on July 27, 2012.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Via RIA Novosti: The water level of the Amur River in Russia's Far Eastern city of Khabarovsk has peaked at 642 centimeters, reaching the historic maximum of 1897, a local government official said on Sunday. "Today at 12 p.m. this level was recorded in Khabarovsk. The level is forecast to rise up to 7 meters", said a deputy head of the local government’s civil defense department, Yevgeny Kuzmin. Nearly 28.500 people have been affected by floods in three regions in Russia’s Far East – the Amur Region, the Khabarovsk Territory and the Jewish Autonomous Region – following heavy rains. The floods have inundated some 4.380 houses, inhabited by over 27.000 people in the Amur Region and some 959 people in the Khabarovsk Territory and the Jewish Autonomous Region. More than 19.000 people have been evacuated, including 6.100 children. One hundred and sixty-six temporary shelters have been set up across the three regions, providing drinking water, hot food and medical supplies.
Via Voice Of America: The worst flooding in more than a century is ravaging Russia's Far East, displacing thousands near the Amur River, which forms the border with northeastern China. Russian authorities say 17.000 people had been evacuated by Saturday, and warned that figure could reach 100.000 in the coming days. China's official Xinhua news agency said Friday the flooding had killed 11 people and displaced more than 140.000 others on its side of the river, known in China as the Heilongjiang. It also said floodwaters had destroyed more than 2.500 homes, halted passenger rail service, and inundated at least 1.4 million hectares of farmland. Moscow has identified the Siberian deluge, which began in late July, as a natural disaster in the worst affected parts of the Amur and the Khabarovsk regions, and in the nearby Jewish Autonomous District. Russian news agencies quoted President Vladimir Putin as describing damages as "enormous" in dozens of towns. But he vowed that all damaged infrastructure, including roads bridges, and utilities will be repaired.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Via Propaganda Matrix: A shocking new video out of Syria shows Obama-backed militants executing two teenage boys whom they accused of supporting the Assad regime, yet another reminder that the White House is arming jihadist extremists. The clip shows two blindfolded teenage boys being forced to kneel on the floor as a masked man standing over them reads out a statement in which he accuses the boys of being regime gunmen and that, "It is our duty to execute them". The man then walks away as a crowd screams "Allahu Akbar!" and the two boys are horrifically shot to death. The execution took place in northern Syria and was carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an Al-Qaeda affiliate group. The two boys came from the Shiite-majority towns of Nubul and Zahra in Aleppo province. An Associated Press report citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights still manages to partly blame the Assad regime for the boys' deaths, claiming that attempts to exchange them for rebel prisoners were rejected. The Obama administration announced its intention to arm the Syrian opposition back in June despite a plethora of evidence confirming that FSA rebels have joined forces with Al-Qaeda terrorists and are committing atrocities on a routine basis. Last month we reported on how an entire town of Christians in Syria's Western province of Homs were massacred by FSA rebels. It recently emerged that the CIA had been using an annexe near the US Consulate in Benghazi that was attacked last year as an outpost to smuggle weapons to FSA rebels. The federal agency attempted to cover-up the scandal by subjecting its agents to regular polygraph tests in an effort to prevent leaks.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Via Disclose.tv: Area 51 has long been a topic of fascination for conspiracy theorists and paranormal enthusiasts, but newly released CIA documents officially acknowledge the site and suggest that the area served a far less remarkable purpose than many had supposed. According to these reports, which include a map of the base's location in Nevada, Area 51 was merely a testing site for the government's U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs. The U-2 program conducted surveillance around the world, including over the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Area 51, about 125 miles northwest of Las Vegas, is synonymous in popular culture with government secrecy, and many have theorized that it holds the answer to one of the greatest questions plaguing mankind: Are we really alone in the universe? But the newly released documents make no mention of alien autopsy rooms or spaceship parking lots. This information will be disappointing to some, who have come to view the area has been a mecca of sorts for alien encounters. For these true believers, the existence of alien spacecraft at Area 51, and the government's attempts to cover up their trace, is irrefutable and has been since reports of Unidentified Flying Objects -- or UFOs -- began to emerge from the Nevada desert in the middle part of the 20th century. The map and other documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archives, in 2005. Richelson submitted the request as part of his continuing study of aerial surveillance programs and told CNN that he was not given an explanation of why the new documents were less redacted than previous versions declassified by the agency. He points out, however, that the location of Area 51 was not a particularly well-kept secret. Its location appears in books on aerial surveillance and is widely referenced in popular culture. In fact, the map that was released in the CIA documents mirrors the one that appears after a simple Google Maps search for "Area 51". Area 51 has also been referenced in government documents in the past, though this newest release is the first that acknowledges its existence and location in a purposeful way. Richelson told CNN he believes this could signal a dramatic change in the government's willingness to declassify information about the famed base, meaning even more information could come out about Area 51 in the future. The release of these reports seem to put the theories about aliens and flying saucers to rest for the time being, although they may not be enough to silence the true believers. At least they still have Roswell, right?
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Via Disclose.tv: Scientists in Istanbul are pleased with the success of their latest scientific achievement: glowing green rabbits. Two rabbits born from a litter of eight at the University of Istanbul proved again that genetic manipulation is possible prior to birth. The unique coloration was achieved by injecting the DNA of jellyfish into a female rabbit’s embryos and then reinserting them into her womb. The experiment is part of a joint scientific effort between Turkey and Hawaii. The glowing represents nothing more than a marker that indicates the genetic process works. This isn’t the first time such an approach has been taken, either: cockroaches and cats have been made to glow through similar methods, as well as fish, sheep, and monkeys. Scientists are interested in the process since they hope it will provide answers on how to utilize genetic manipulation when producing medicines to combat disease. Stefan Moisyadi, an associate professor with the University of Hawaii who is involved in the project, explained the scientific goals behind the process to The Guardian.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Via WWTDD: Joanna Krupa really reaffirms the American dream for people around the world. The noble notion that even a simple girl from a humble Polish background, if she’s really fucking hot, can come to America, become a famous model, sleep with Joe Francis, deny that she’s a hooker, marry a guy who is a "nightclub investor", and end up being one of the few Real Housewives not in jail or dead. If they get around to updating the motto on the Statue of Liberty, they ought to go with this story.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Via The Economic Collapse: The Russian Bear is stronger and more powerful than it has ever been before. Most Americans don't understand this. They still think of Russia as an "ex-superpower" that was rendered almost irrelevant when the Cold War ended. And yes, when the Cold War ended Russia was in rough shape. I got the chance to go over there in the early nineties, and at the time Russia was an economic disaster zone. Russian currency was so worthless that I joked that I could go exchange a 20 dollar bill and buy the Kremlin. But since that time Russia has roared back to life. Once Vladimir Putin became President, the Russian economy started to grow very rapidly. Today, Russia is an economic powerhouse that is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Their debt to GDP ratio is extremely small, they actually run a trade surplus every year, and they have the second most powerful military on the entire planet. Anyone that underestimates Russia at this point is making a huge mistake. The Russian Bear is back, and today it is a more formidable adversary than it ever was at any point during the Cold War. Just check out the following statistics. The following are 18 signs that Russia is rapidly catching up to the United States... #1 Russia produces more oil than anyone else on the planet. The United States is in third place. #2 Russia is the number two oil exporter in the world. The United States is forced to import more oil than anyone else in the world. #3 Russia produces more natural gas than anyone else on the planet. The United States is in second place. #4 Today, Russia supplies 34 percent of Europe's natural gas needs. #5 The United States has a debt to GDP ratio of 101 percent. Russia has a debt to GDP ratio of about 8 percent. #6 The United States had a trade deficit of more than half a trillion dollars last year. Russia consistently runs a large trade surplus. #7 The United States has an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent. Russia has an unemployment rate of 5.4 percent. #8 Since Vladimir Putin first became President of Russia, the Russian economy has grown at a very rapid pace. The following is from Wikipedia... Under the presidency of Vladimir Putin Russia's economy saw the nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) double, climbing from 22nd to 11th largest in the world. The economy made real gains of an average 7% per year (1999: 6.5%, 2000: 10%, 2001: 5.7%, 2002: 4.9%, 2003: 7.3%, 2004: 7.2%, 2005: 6.4%, 2006: 8.2%, 2007: 8.5%, 2008: 5.2%), making it the 6th largest economy in the world in GDP(PPP). In 2007, Russia's GDP exceeded that of 1990, meaning it has overcome the devastating consequences of the recession in the 1990s. During Putin's eight years in office, the industry grew by 75%, investments increased by 125%, and agricultural production and construction increased as well. Real incomes more than doubled and the average salary increased eightfold from $80 to $640. The volume of consumer credit between 2000–2006 increased 45 times, and during that same time period, the middle class grew from 8 million to 55 million, an increase of 7 times. The number of people living below the poverty line also decreased from 30% in 2000 to 14% in 2008. #9 According to Bloomberg, Russia has added 570 metric tons of gold to their reserves over the past decade. In the United States, nobody seems to be quite sure how much gold the Federal Reserve actually has left. #10 Moscow is the second most expensive city in the world. Meanwhile, the United States actually has the unfriendliest city in the world (Newark, New Jersey). #11 More billionaires live in Moscow than in any other city on the globe. #12 The Moscow metro system completely outclasses the subway systems in Washington D.C. and New York City. #13 The United States has the most powerful military on the planet, but Russia is in second place. #14 Russia has introduced a new "near silent" nuclear submarine which is far more quiet than anything the U.S. has... The Borey Class submarine, dubbed Vladimir Monomakh, has a next generation nuclear reactor, can dive deeper than 1.200 feet, and carries up to 20 nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). Each of these "Bulava" ICBM's can carry ten detachable MIRV warheads, what they call "re-entry vehicles", capable of delivering 150 kiloton yields per warhead. #15 While Barack Obama is neutering the U.S. strategic nuclear arsenal, Vladimir Putin is working hard to modernize Russian nuclear forces. #16 Russian missile forces will hold more than 200 drills during the second half of 2013. #17 Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made headlines all over the world when he climbed into the cockpit of Russia’s new "fifth generation" fighter jet and announced that it was far superior to the F-22 Raptor. #18 It is estimated that Russia has more spies inside the United States today than it did at any point during the Cold War. Unfortunately, whenever I write an article about Russia I find that most people simply do not get it. They will make statements such as "the Cold War is over" or "Russia is our friend" which show a complete and total lack of understanding of the current geopolitical situation. Russia has been steadily building a stronger relationship with China, and collectively they represent the number one strategic threat to the United States. Someday this will become abundantly clear to the American people.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Via WWTDD: Lots of people give me shit for calling Victoria Silvstedt a prostitute. Which I have never actually said before. I always use a bunch of idiotic euphemisms to suggest that she might be sleeping with rich old men in exchange for cash. Also, at one time, okay, so she was a real prostitute. But, I’m only saying that now to prove that I’ve never said she was a prostitute before. And also because Victoria is far more than just a prostitute, not that I’m even calling her that. She’s a talented on-air personality. Some dude sent me this video of her talking to a human-bear-puppet who licks her toes until he explodes. It’s good that she has prostitution to fall back on as a day job. Not that I’m suggesting she’s a prostitute. Just watch and be disturbed or her pimp will cut you.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Via Disclose.tv: Each year thousands of them are boiled or torn apart whilst they are still alive, and now there is strong evidence to suggest that crustaceans experience discomfort. That was the stark message delivered by Robert Elwood, an animal behaviour researcher at Queen’s University Belfast, to the Behaviour 2013 meeting in Newcastle, UK. Crustaceans — crabs, prawns, lobsters and other creatures — are usually not protected by animal-welfare laws, despite massive numbers of them becoming caught or farmed for human consumption. The exclusion has been primarily based on the belief that these animals cannot experience pain — usually regarded as an ‘unpleasant feeling’ — and alternatively only have nociception, a reflex response to move away from a noxious stimulus. This is a useful belief, as crustaceans are subjected to what Elwood calls "extreme procedures" — lobsters in factories having their legs removed although they are still alive, crabs being kept alive but tightly bound for days in fish markets, and reside prawns being impaled on sticks for eating. Such procedures, he notes, "would never be permitted with vertebrates". One way Elwood attempted to figure out whether crustaceans can experience discomfort was to look at avoidance studying: can the animals truly discover from discomfort, or do they just continue to respond to a stimulus? To answer this, Elwood and his colleague Barry Magee presented shore crabs with a option of two distinct shelters. Getting into one shelter resulted in an electric shock for the animal, which was repeated if the animal remained there. The other shelter was a safe haven. Crabs shocked the second time the experiment was run have been far much more likely to choose the other shelter in the subsequent trial, whilst crabs by no means left a non-shocking shelter. This, says Elwood, shows that the shock is aversive. In another experiment Elwood investigated whether hermit crabs could make motivational trade-offs as a outcome of discomfort. They presented Pagurus bernhardus crabs with two kinds of shell, one of which the animals are recognized to favor, and gave some of the animals small electric shocks when they have been inside these new residences. When these crabs had been later presented with a new shell they could move into, the shocked crabs had been far more likely to take up this supply, and they did so more speedily. "Assessing pain is tough, even within humans", Elwood told the Newcastle meeting. But there is a "clear, extended-term motivational adjust [in these experiments] that is completely consistent with the notion of pain". Such evidence would be sufficient to prevent mice being subjected to the deaths that crustaceans experience, he says. Robert Hubrecht, deputy director of the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW) and the organizer of the session at which Elwood gave his talk, says that the data for crustaceans appear equivalent to the kind of information that are used to give mice the advantage of the doubt, and hence award them protection from attainable pain below the law. "We’re behaving in an illogical way at the moment" by defending mice but not crustaceans, he notes. No matter whether wider society is ready to consider crabs as issues that can feel pain and should be protected is not clear. "This is somewhere science has to lead", says Hubrecht.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Via Disclose.tv: Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an "emergency" that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country's nuclear watchdog said on Monday. This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) task force, told Reuters. Countermeasures planned by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) are only a temporary solution, he said. Tepco's "sense of crisis is weak", Kinjo said. "This is why you can't just leave it up to Tepco alone" to grapple with the ongoing disaster. "Right now, we have an emergency", he said. Tepco has been widely castigated for its failure to prepare for the massive 2011 tsunami and earthquake that devastated its Fukushima plant and lambasted for its inept response to the reactor meltdowns. It has also been accused of covering up shortcomings. It was not immediately clear how much of a threat the contaminated groundwater could pose. In the early weeks of the disaster, the Japanese government allowed Tepco to dump tens of thousands of tons of contaminated water into the Pacific in an emergency move. The toxic water release was however heavily criticized by neighboring countries as well as local fishermen and the utility has since promised it would not dump irradiated water without the consent of local townships. "Until we know the exact density and volume of the water that's flowing out, I honestly can't speculate on the impact on the sea", said Mitsuo Uematsu from the Center for International Collaboration, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute at the University of Tokyo. In the United States, across the Pacific, there was no sense of alarm. "With the amount of dilution that would occur, any kind of release in Japan would be non-detectable here", said David Yogi, spokesman for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Eric Norman, a nuclear engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said the latest leak was not a concern. "The Pacific Ocean is an enormous place", said Norman, who found radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power in California rainwater, milk and plants soon after the earthquake and tsunami. "There's a lot of material between us and Japan. No matter what happens in Fukushima, it's not going to be a problem over here".
Thursday, August 08, 2013
Via American Power: Juliann Ashcraft, 29, says the City of Prescott is denying the lifetime benefits she said she needs to raise her four children.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Via WWTDD: Everybody’s favorite Backdoor Mom, Farrah Abraham, is back as the featured model in the December issue of Girls and Corpses magazine. Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a fetish magazine in which girls pose provocatively with rotting corpses for the fapping pleasure of filthy necrophiliac perverts. She claims, "Girls and Corpses is one of the best magazine shoots I have ever been apart of". Makes you wonder how bad her normal shoots must be. Courtney Stodden once posed for this magazine too, so there’s that. I think Farrah’s digression just goes to show what the entertainment business is like, especially for talentless wastes of space like Farrah Abraham. Farrah starts out on a shitty, but highly rated TV show on MTV, then she makes a "sex tape" with James Deen and gets paid a fuck ton of money for it, and now she’s doing corpse fetish porn for not a lot of money. I mean, I hope that Girls and Corpses doesn’t have a lot of money. The implications of a wide readership are too disturbing to contemplate.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Via WWTDD: I’m not sure why Penelope Cruz wrote and directed a long form lingerie commercial for Agent Provocateur lingerie. Maybe she’s had a panties and garter story beating inside her chest for years that just had to come out. Or, she got paid. The commercial has European sensibilities, which basically means confusing shit happens between seeing half naked girls. I’m sure it’s being hailed as something important. Either way, I’d recommend you finish your whack job before Penelope’s husband Javier Bardem shows up in the film. Oscar or no Oscar, he’s a boner kill.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Via WWTDD: Dennis Rodman is a real character. He’ll visit North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-Il. He gets Dennis Rodman wacky at the Mercedes-Benz fashion show in Miami. He probably holds several Pachinko records at Osaka area arcades. He’s a real bon vivant, if that terms means dude who travels around the world skipping out on his debts and court ordered child support. He so crazy.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Via sott.net: This information about hair has been hidden from the public since the Vietnam War. Our culture leads people to believe that hair style is a matter of personal preference, that hair style is a matter of fashion and/or convenience, and that how people wear their hair is simply a cosmetic issue. Back in the Vietnam war however, an entirely different picture emerged, one that has been carefully covered up and hidden from public view. In the early nineties, Sally [name changed to protect privacy] was married to a licensed psychologist who worked at a VA Medical hospital. He worked with combat veterans with PTSD, post traumatic stress disorder. Most of them had served in Vietnam. Sally said, "I remember clearly an evening when my husband came back to our apartment on Doctor's Circle carrying a thick official looking folder in his hands. Inside were hundreds of pages of certain studies commissioned by the government. He was in shock from the contents. What he read in those documents completely changed his life. From that moment on my conservative middle of the road husband grew his hair and beard and never cut them again. What is more, the VA Medical center let him do it, and other very conservative men in the staff followed his example. As I read the documents, I learned why. It seems that during the Vietnam War special forces in the war department had sent undercover experts to comb American Indian Reservations looking for talented scouts, for tough young men trained to move stealthily through rough terrain. They were especially looking for men with outstanding, almost supernatural, tracking abilities. Before being approached, these carefully selected men were extensively documented as experts in tracking and survival. With the usual enticements, the well proven smooth phrases used to enroll new recruits, some of these Indian trackers were then enlisted. Once enlisted, an amazing thing happened. Whatever talents and skills they had possessed on the reservation seemed to mysteriously disappear, as recruit after recruit failed to perform as expected in the field. Serious causalities and failures of performance led the government to contract expensive testing of these recruits, and this is what was found. When questioned about their failure to perform as expected, the older recruits replied consistently that when they received their required military haircuts, they could no longer "sense" the enemy, they could no longer access a "sixth sense", their "intuition" no longer was reliable, they couldn't "read" subtle signs as well or access subtle extrasensory information. So the testing institute recruited more Indian trackers, let them keep their long hair, and tested them in multiple areas. Then they would pair two men together who had received the same scores on all the tests. They would let one man in the pair keep his hair long, and gave the other man a military haircut. Then the two men retook the tests. Time after time the man with long hair kept making high scores. Time after time, the man with the short hair failed the tests in which he had previously scored high scores. Here is a Typical Test: The recruit is sleeping out in the woods. An armed "enemy" approaches the sleeping man. The long haired man is awakened out of his sleep by a strong sense of danger and gets away long before the enemy is close, long before any sounds from the approaching enemy are audible. In another version of this test the long haired man senses an approach and somehow intuits that the enemy will perform a physical attack. He follows his "sixth sense" and stays still, pretending to be sleeping, but quickly grabs the attacker and "kills" him as the attacker reaches down to strangle him. This same man, after having passed these and other tests, then received a military haircut and consistently failed these tests, and many other tests that he had previously passed. So the document recommended that all Indian trackers be exempt from military haircuts. In fact, it required that trackers keep their hair long. Comment: The mammalian body has evolved over millions of years. Survival skills of human and animal at times seem almost supernatural. Science is constantly coming up with more discoveries about the amazing abilities of man and animal to survive. Each part of the body has highly sensitive work to perform for the survival and well being of the body as a whole. The body has a reason for every part of itself. Hair is an extension of the nervous system, it can be correctly seen as exteriorized nerves, a type of highly evolved "feelers" or "antennae" that transmit vast amounts of important information to the brain stem, the limbic system, and the neocortex. Not only does hair in people, including facial hair in men, provide an information highway reaching the brain, hair also emits energy, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the brain into the outer environment. This has been seen in Kirlian photography when a person is photographed with long hair and then rephotographed after the hair is cut. When hair is cut, receiving and sending transmissions to and from the environment are greatly hampered. This results in numbing-out. Cutting of hair is a contributing factor to unawareness of environmental distress in local ecosystems. It is also a contributing factor to insensitivity in relationships of all kinds. It contributes to sexual frustration. Conclusion: In searching for solutions for the distress in our world, it may be time for us to consider that many of our most basic assumptions about reality are in error. It may be that a major part of the solution is looking at us in the face each morning when we see ourselves in the mirror. The story of Sampson and Delilah in the Bible has a lot of encoded truth to tell us. When Delilah cut Sampson's hair, the once undefeatable Sampson was defeated.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Via The Sun: Braless Rihanna leaves little to the imaginations of her Swedish fans as she steps out in a see-through top. Leaving her hotel in Stockholm, the brazen pop beauty greeted swathes of followers gathered outside en route to her gig at the Globe Arena. All eyes were drawn to her white mesh T-shirt that clearly displayed her naked body beneath in intimate detail – as well as her nipple ring. The singer teamed her jaw-dropping top with sporty shorts, baseball cap, shades, and heels. Far from acting self-conscious, Rihanna confidently strutted her stuff as she made her way to a waiting car – despite giving her fans an eyeful.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Via Before It's News: The latest assertion to the popular saying, "Wonders never end", has just been recorded in Kaduna State where a young Fulani woman gave birth to a baby with a monkey-like face. The woman, an indigene of SabonIceh village, gave birth to the monkey-like creature Monday morning at the General hospital Kagarko, Kagarko local government, after several hours of labor. One of the nurses said, "She delivered the baby breech and when it came out, we discovered that it was an abnormal baby. It was half human and half animal. We lost the baby shortly after delivery". The nurse who spoke on condition of anonymity said the baby weighed four kilograms, which is healthy, but its legs and ears were like those of a monkey, adding that the mother of the baby is currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Crying Queen Of Belgium Breaks Down As She Watches Her Husband Abdicate And Hand Over The Throne To Their Son
Via Mail Online: King Albert of Belgium abdicated earlier today after a 20-year reign, clearing the way for his son, Philippe, to take over as this fractured nation's seventh King later in the day. The 79-year-old signed away his rights as the Kingdom's largely ceremonial ruler at the Royal Palace in the presence of Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, who holds the political power in this 183-year-old parliamentary democracy. The country will get a new King when Prince Philippe, 53, takes the oath before the nation's legislators at the Parliament building a short walk across the Royal Park in the heart of the city. Belgium is kind of a Europe in miniature, with a French speaking region, a Dutch speaking region, and a German speaking region. Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo's attacking power socialism is a good example for Europe and shows the way forward toward centralization, elitism, and excellence. King Philippe will once again prove that Republican ideals almost are worthless and that only Constitutional Monarchy stands for a progressing, living and true democratic society, which establishes and empowers the people and promotes equal rights and noble behaviors and thoughts. Hopefully Belgium - the ancient Israeli tribe of Benjamin - under the rule of King Philippe, now once more will exert a de facto and efficient power over France, the Netherlands, and Germany. The whole of EU will feel the new powerful King at the center of Europe: Maybe even the Greeks will abandon their foolishness and grant their exiled King Constantine to come back and build a new better, more prominent, and stronger Greece! As Belgium is a Catholic nation, but with very special ties to Constantinople, we hope and pray that the Belgian people now will find its way back to the Christian Orthodox fatherhouse, and also pave the way for an Christian Orthodox revival under a modern and tolerant insignia and led by the Spirit of Christ and the Holy Septuagint Bible. Hopefully, King Philippe will strengthen the ties to both Russia and the United States, and he has of course a close friend in the Kingdom of Sweden.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Via WWTDD: Farrah Abraham has lived up to her promise of leaving the world of porn. Even after her financial success from her unexpectedly leaked anal pounding video, the Backdoor Teen Mom has steered clear of adult films. Opting instead for the high life of rehab and strip clubs. Someday you do need to look your kid in the eye and tell them what you do to pay the rent. On that day, it’s so much better if you can say, simulated sex, not real sex.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Via EUobserver: Creeping racism and xenophobia in Europe may contribute to an upsurge of far-right MEPs following European Parliament elections next May. Speaking to reporters in Lithuania’s capital Vilnius, EU home affairs commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said the EU has never before seen so many far right parties in elected bodies since the Second World War. "In many countries, xenophobia, populism, [and] racism is on the rise", she said, noting such political parties will most likely be sending emissaries to the EU’s Brussels-based parliament next year. "Some of these parties have existed for a long time in the European Union, some are quite new, some are very close to entering into government", she said. She described the growing phenomenon as counter productive for a struggling EU economy that is need of skilled workers currently not available in Europe, despite the high unemployment numbers. Immigrants make up just over 4 percent of the EU population out of a total of some 504 million people, says the EU statistical office Eurostat. The commission says immigrants are needed to counter declining birth rates and offset the widening age gap between the young and elderly. Most residence permits in 2012 were issued to Ukraine nationals at around 204.000, followed by US nationals at 189.000, and nationals from India at around 179.000. The immigrant arrivals and pro-migration policy of the EU are common canon fodder for Britain’s eurosceptic party, UKIP. On Wednesday, the right-wing party said it expects a strong anti-EU vote in the May EU elections. UKIP leader Nigel Farage. told Reuters in an interview that it will win most of the British votes in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland next May. "Lots of eurosceptic groups with varying shades of euroscepticism will get elected from lots of European countries", said Farage. But Farage's UKIP popularity claims do not match an ICM poll out Tuesday in the Guardian newspaper. ICM says his group polled at only 7 percent - down 5 points compared to last month. Meanwhile, Malmstrom’s concerns on the rise of EU-wide xenophobia come in the context of an informal meeting of EU justice ministers in Vilnius. Ministers at the morning round-table session discussed the European Commission report on immigration and asylum and the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Syria. The commission’s fourth annual report on immigration and asylum, published in June, noted a 10 percent increase in 2012 in the number of asylum applications. The increase is due in part to the Syrian crisis that has seen some 1.8 million seek refuge, mostly in neighboring countries like Turkey. Around 45.000 have attempted to enter the EU. For its part, the European Commission announced it would contribute an additional €400 million in humanitarian aid, on top of the €877 million pledged from member states and the EU budget. "We have from the commission added another €400 million to the neighboring countries who are doing a fantastic job for 1.8 million Syrians who have left the country", said Malmstrom.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Via Theo Spark: Renault Clio 2013 Commercial TV Advert with Drivers Pushing the Va Va Voom Button on a Test Drive with a big surprise in store.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Via The Sun: A 15-year-old girl has died after a shark "bit her in half" while she was swimming in the Indian Ocean. The gruesome attack struck when the French teen was only five meters from the shore in northwest Reunion, a French island near Mauritius and Madagascar. Incredibly, the friend she was with managed to swim to safety to call for help but was too late to save her. Gina Hoarau, the director of public safety in Saint-Paul, said: "Part of her body was carried away by the shark". She added: "The conditions of the attack are surprising. You wouldn't think that a shark would get this close to the shore". French politician Thierry Robert last year described a marine reserve near the bay of Saint-Paul set up six years ago to safeguard coral reefs as a "shark's larder". The girl, who lives in France with her mother, was on holiday visiting her father who works at a yacht club in the area. She was snorkeling in an unsupervized area where bathing is forbidden due to high shark numbers, officials said. It is the second deadly shark attack this year off the French island. And brings the total of shark-related deaths there since 2011 to five. But it is the first time in at least three decades that a swimmer, rather than a surfer, was the victim. Local authorities this month renewed safety warnings following an increase in shark numbers. A spate of shark attacks last year off Reunion island prompted France to hire a team of professional fishermen to kill around 20 of them, but Paris has refused to mount a more widespread cull.
Monday, July 15, 2013
Via The Local: A man found unconscious in a California motel room who left U.S. authorities baffled when he woke up only speaking Swedish, has been identified by a member of a Swedish medieval society as one of their kin. "I first met him when we were both members of a Middle Ages association called the Society of Creative Anachronism in the 1980s", Johan Cassel The Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA) told The Local. Cassel told The Local that the man identified in U.S. and Swedish media reports as Michael Boatwright spent several periods living in Sweden before the two lost contact, adding that Boatwright learnt to speak Swedish fairly well. "He could speak pretty good Swedish, although you could hear that he came from an English-speaking country. He had an accent", Cassel said. The SCA is an international association that brings together people with an interest in the Middle Ages and members typically engage in range of activities, such as jousting. According to Cassel, Boatwright was active in the SCA's Swedish regional chapter, currently known as the Kingdom of Drachenwald. Cassel recalls having met Boatwright while competing in jousting events and reports that the American, who originates from Florida, was a pretty accomplished jouster. "He was pretty good at jousting. One of the better performers", Cassel said. With no insurance, no income, and only $180 in his pocket, the Swedish-speaking 61-year-old man with no memory is proving a headache for hospital staff in Palm Springs where he awoke on July 6th, The Desert Sun newspaper reported last week. Boatwright awoke only able to converse in his adopted tongue and insisting that his name was Johan Ek. While this is a fairly common Swedish name, Cassel told The Local that Boatwright went by the name of Strongbow when he was in the fantasy world of the Middle Ages. "I don't know where he has got that name from, but I do recall that one of his closest friends at the time was a person by the name of Ragnvald Göransson Ek, so it is possible that he got it from there". Boatwright is currently recovering from his ordeal in the Palm Springs hospital and doctors have diagnosed him with transient global amnesia - a condition related to memory loss that is usually triggered by emotional or physical trauma.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Via The Sun: Rihanna placed a friendly hand on party pal Cara Delevingne's bum during a tequila-fueled boat party. The singer was spotted standing with her palm firmly placed on her friend's bikini-clad backside as they laughed and joked with friends on board a luxury yacht. Rihanna, who was wearing a low-cut black swimsuit, which had her initial R emblazoned on the back, and Cara, 20, who wore a black and white two-piece, were snapped as they partied off the coast of Monaco on Friday. They were seen downing shots of what appeared to be tequila. And they also took turns going for a ride on an inflatable rubber ring. Unfortunately for 25-year-old Rihanna, her swimsuit rode up rather a lot as the ring bounced across the sea. And as she was helped back on to the boat she was sporting a Rih-lly painful-looking wedgie...
Via Disclose.tv: The body of an octopus has been found during a litter pick near the top of England's highest mountain. Dave Ascough, 43, from Stockport, leads mountain walks and found the 20cm (8in) cephalopod mollusc 10m (33ft) from the top of Scafell Pike in Cumbria. He said: "My first reaction was that someone might have carried it up there, but it's quite possible a bird could have brought it up there".
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Via American Power: Maria Sharapova is a woman who knows what she wants, reports Mail Online. And with her highly marketable skills on the tennis court she can afford to have some expensive tastes when it comes to getting a set of wheels. The 26-year-old went public with her love for the Porsche 911 Carrera with a photo shoot in Manhattan Beach, California, on Thursday.
Friday, July 12, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: The Canyons is being promoted as an "erotic thriller", which means it’s going to suck even worse than anyone could have imagined. The movie starring Lindsay Lohan and the dude who backdoored the Teen Mom, is finally premiering in New York in a couple of weeks. Lindsay is getting out of rehab just in time to hit the red carpet of the horrid affair. Even the film director is now openly referring to Lindsay as a "troubled train wreck". Paul Schrader said of Lindsay: Lohan "feels she must be experiencing an emotion in order to play it. This leads to all sorts of emotional turmoil, not to mention on-set delays and melodrama". I assume he means she needed to feel the emotion of "super fucking high" and "wicked drunk and wet in her horny parts" in order to play her role. If Schrader ever visited her off set he’d know this is not really an acting process for Lindsay so much as just a Tuesday.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Via The Sun: This is the moment a teenage beauty queen hailed for being a role model was left in tears after she was barred from attending her own prom for being a truant. Lurelle Bancroft, 16, made it to the top 25 of the Miss Teen Great Britain contest and won the admiration of MP Hazel Blears. She said: "Over the last year I’ve raised money for charity and represented the school as Miss Teen Salford and I’ve given the school a good name". But teachers claim her modeling work and street dancing took its toll on her school work – and barred her from the passing out ball for missing lessons. Staff at Buile Hill Visual Arts College in Salford, Greater Manchester, also said Lurelle had ripped up two written warnings about her behavior. Lurelle turned up at the ball in a white £300 designer dress only to be told she had been excluded from the prom. Teachers watched as she walked away in tears before closing the gate behind her. Lurelle said: "I deserved to be there. I just wanted to be able to celebrate with my friends but the teachers were blocking my way. In the end all I could do was cry my eyes out, I was so distressed".
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Via Glamour: Lady Gaga has shut down her hugely influential Twitter profile ahead of the release of her third studio album. The singer also cleared all the imagery from her account, which is the most followed on the social networking site. However, rumour has it the shut-down could be a temporary one in order to pave the way for a big announcement. Her bio now reads: "This interface has been shutdown temporarily. Please check back for updates". Gaga has been working on ARTPOP over the past year. She first teased an announcement of the record in September last year. But she was forced to push back many of her arrangements - including halting the remainder of her Born This Way Ball world tour - in order to undergo emergency hip surgery.
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: There are many ways to respond to the sight of a hot stripper at a Southern peep show. Tossing bills their way comes to mind. One thing you should try to avoid is marrying them. I don’t know, sometimes they have histories of mental illness, abuse, kids from previous teen marriages, little warning flags of that sort. Kris Benson was all the shit when he came out of college, the best pitcher in the country, picked first in the MLB draft in 1996. Then he had to go and marry a stripper. Kris chose Anna because I guess her vagina looked amazing when he met her working the pole, and he didn’t think any other woman in the world could produce the same genitalia wow. Not surprisingly, she proved to be a big fucking nut job pain in the ass who fucked with his mind and his public image. Until last night, then she went and broke into his place with a gun and a metal baton and a bullet proof vest demanding money. I’d have to think this came as little surprise to Kris. He’s mostly lucky he’s not dead. All because he married a stripper when he didn’t have to. There’s a lesson in there that not a single man will choose to learn the easy way.
Monday, July 08, 2013
Via WND: A new documentary is the first effort to take an objective look at the prophecies of a 12th century Irish Catholic saint and what they portend for the future of the Church and Pope Francis. According to the Prophecy of the Popes, a time of vast biblical significance is now at hand. "The Last Pope?" includes medieval historians, Vatican-affiliated experts and authors. From Ireland to Italy, "The Last Pope?" tells a riveting story of eschatological intrigue. The film is based on the book, "Petrus Romanus: The Final Pope is Here", by Tom Horn and Cris Putnam. "The Last Pope?" delves deeply into the prophecies of St. Malachy, an Irish saint and archbishop of Armagh who lived from 1094 to 1148. Malachy’s "Prophesies of the Popes" is said to be based on a prophetic vision of the 112 popes following Pope Celestine II, who died in 1144. Malachy’s prophecies, first published in 1595, culminate with the "final pope", "Petrus Romanus", or "Peter the Roman", whose reign ends with the destruction of Rome and the judgment of Christ. A modern version of Malachy’s prophecies was published in 1969 by Archbishop H. E. Cardinale, the Apostolic Nuncio to Belgium and Luxembourg. The film examines Malachy’s prophecies, which are a series of statements that purportedly provide clues as the identity of each of the 112 popes, in a critical light. Some of the statements refer to a particular town, while others make references to the coat of arms representing each pontiff. Skeptics have said the book is nothing more than a collection of phrases similar to the writings of Nostradamus. Putman says people have a right to be skeptical, and if Malachy’s revelations are correct, they should stand up to scrutiny using the scientific method. He goes on to say that they provide a fascinating insight into the history of the popes. "The way the scientific method works is you develop a hypothesis and you don’t try to prove a hypothesis, you try to disprove it", Putnam said. "It’s easy to find some kind of confirming evidence if you go fishing around. In a lot of these prophecies, I think that’s a valid criticism". However, he says one pope in particular stands out in the prophecy surrounding his reign. For Pope Benedict XV, who was pontiff from 1914 to 1922, Malachy’s prophesy says "Religio Depopulata" or "religion depopulated". "Religion depopulated, now that is a bold prediction. With all things being equal, you wouldn’t expect religion to be depopulated", Putnam said. "It might go up and down a little bit, the church might grow it might fall off a bit, but that is a risky position. It is easily falsifiable. If nothing happened during his reign, I would think that this prophecy would’ve been falsified, but what happens during Benedict XV’s reign"? "This was the onset of World War I, which was devastating. In the Soviet Union and Russia, we see the Bolshevik revolution. This is the beginning of militant atheism and the time that 200 million people left the church. Probably more than in any time in history, religion was depopulated, exactly when this prophecy predicted it would hundreds of years before". While the Catholic Church has had more than 400 years to dispute the procedures, a least one pope seemed to take stock in the prophecy. Pastor Angelicus, or the "Angel Pope", was given to describe Pius XII, who was a fierce anti-communist. Pius XII had a documentary made about himself, which he titled "The Angel Pope". "He was intimately involved in this project, and it even said how it exemplifies a day in the life of St. Malachy’s angelic shepherd in the heading", Putnam said. "The Catholic Church has had 400 years to make a statement disputing [Malachy's predictions], but here we have one of their infallible popes who obviously claimed it for himself. That begs an explanation from any scholar who wants to dismiss it". Malachy’s prophecies appear to even have an eerie prediction regarding John Paul I, who was only pope for just more than a month. Describing John Paul I, Malachy says he is "of the half moon". Interestingly, John Paul I ascended to the papacy on the day of the half moon. "What makes it even more chilling is he only lived for one lunar cycle; he died after 33 days", Putnam said. Following the death of John Paul I, evidence suggested that the pontiff may have been poisoned. The details are covered in the book "Murder in the Vatican" by Avro Manhattan. Regardless of the cause of his demise, a statement made by John Paul I seems to indicate he had some knowledge of his impending death. Cardinal Luciani, patriarch of Venice, was asked in Latin, "Do you accept your election as Supreme Pontiff, which has been canonically carried out?" His reply was unexpected as he said, "May God forgive you for what you have done in my regard". In just more than a month, he was dead, supposedly dying in his sleep. While Malachy’s prophecies have been around for centuries, Pope Francis is the final pope mentioned by the archbishop. If his prophecies are correct, Francis could be the last pope before the return of Jesus Christ. Dr. George Grant, a historian and former pastor who has written more than 60 books, says regardless of whether there is any validity to the prophecies, sooner or later Pope Francis and the Vatican will have to deal with issue. "It doesn’t matter whether or not it’s true; it matters whether people think it’s true and that they act in light of it", Grant said. "Francis and the Vatican will have to deal with this in some way, and in dealing with it they are in a sense giving credence to it. Do I think we need to pay attention to it? Absolutely".
Sunday, July 07, 2013
Via Disclose.tv: Alien aficionados and students of UFO history are in Roswell this weekend for a conference on outer space visitors and the conspiracies to cover up their Earthly landings. The Roswell Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1bcaCkY) that UFO fans are attending the 3-day gathering that begins Friday at the Roswell Antique Mall. U.S. Army UFO crash retrieval expert Clifford Stone is among the speakers scheduled to give presentations. Stone says he has documents that have never been seen by the public. Also slated to speak is Donald Burleson, the director of the Mutual UFO Network in New Mexico. Burleson is scheduled to talk about a skull from 1930 that shows multiple physical abnormalities.
Saturday, July 06, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: I don’t know much about Rita Ora. I know that like most young British pop music stars listening to her music will cause blood to flow from your ears and your testicles to shrink to the size of raisins. Just that word of caution if you happen to like the way you’re hanging currently. Still, she does know how to sit on a chair like nobody’s business. I guess we can call it even.
Friday, July 05, 2013
Via Disclose.tv: This is the Black Knight, an object of unknown origin that has been circling the Earth for as long as we know. In fact we knew about it even before we ourselves had space travel. In 1899 Nicola Tesla picked up a repeating radio signal that he believed was coming from outside of the Earth. Following the instructions left by Tesla a group of amateur HAM radio operators were able to receive this same signal in the mid-1920s. In 1928 Norwegian scientists experimenting with short wave transmissions into space began picking up Long Delay Echoes (LDEs). To this day LDE’s are still not understood fully. Finally, on February 11, 1960, the US Navy detected what was described as a "satellite" of unknown origin; a dark, tumbling object just beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. It wasn't American, and it wasn't the Soviets' either. The final piece of proof came in 1998, when astronauts aboard the International Space Station on flight STS-88 took numerous photographs of what they called "a black knight". Today we have no more information than we did in 1899 as to the origins or purpose of this object.
Thursday, July 04, 2013
Via Israel Hayom: Archaeologists have discovered holes carved into the ground in Shiloh which could have held the beams of The Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting, which, according to the Bible, housed the Ark of the Covenant. Because the Tent of Meeting and Ark of the Covenant were portable, archaeologists are considering the possibility that the Tent of Meeting stood there. The Tent of Meeting served as a place of prayer and sacrifice.
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Paris is known for two things. Haute couture and people who are total dicks. The two join forces a few times a year for Fashion Week. When the entire world of largely unproductive, but wealthy annoying people descend upon the City of Light to be extra wealthy and annoying. On the positive side, lots of the women don’t wear any underwear.
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Jourdan Dunn is a 22-year old British runway model who was supposed to be appearing at yesterday’s Dior couture show in Paris, but two things got in her way of that happening – her big, ol’ boobies. Except, at 32A, her breasts aren’t exactly crushing any beer cans, yet they were still big enough to get her booted from fashion show’s lineup. Dunn Tweeted about her cancellation, proclaiming her sarcastic love of the industry that gives her money to walk in a straight line and look like someone just kicked her cat. But she also admitted that this was a nice change from when she’s normally fired for being black, to which guys everywhere replied, "Can’t we just keep this about your tits?"
Monday, July 01, 2013
Via The Huffington Post: A Bible with an inscription from Albert Einstein has sold for $68.500 at an auction in New York City. The Bible was part of a fine books and manuscripts auction at Bonhams. The German-born physicist and his wife signed it in 1932 and gifted it to an American friend named Harriett Hamilton. The auction house says Einstein writes in the German inscription the Bible "is a great source of wisdom and consolation and should be read frequently". The Bible's final price far exceeds its pre-sale estimate of between $1.500 and $2.500. The final price includes the auction house's commission. The auction house hasn't said who bought the Bible. Einstein formulated the theory of relativity and won a Nobel Prize in physics. He died in 1955.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
Via Disclose.tv The Russian navy has declassified its records of encounters with unidentified objects technologically surpassing anything humanity ever built, reports Svobodnaya Pressa news website. The records dating back to soviet times were compiled by a special navy group collecting reports of unexplained incidents delivered by submarines and military ships. The group was headed by deputy Navy commander Admiral Nikolay Smirnov, and the documents reveal numerous cases of possible UFO encounters, the website says. Vladimir Azhazha, former navy officer and a famous Russian UFO researcher, says the materials are of great value. "Fifty percent of UFO encounters are connected with oceans. Fifteen more – with lakes. So UFOs tend to stick to the water", he said. On one occasion a nuclear submarine, which was on a combat mission in the Pacific Ocean, detected six unknown objects. After the crew failed to leave behind their pursuers by maneuvering, the captain ordered to surface. The objects followed suit, took to the air, and flew away. Many mysterious events happened in the region of Bermuda Triangle, recalls retired submarine commander Rear Admiral Yury Beketov. Instruments malfunctioned with no apparent reason or detected strong interference. The former navy officer says this could be deliberate disruption by UFOs. "On several occasions the instruments gave reading of material objects moving at incredible speed. Calculations showed speeds of about 230 knots, or 400 kph. Speeding so fast is a challenge even on the surface. But water resistance is much higher. It was like the objects defied the laws of physics. There’s only one explanation: the creatures who built them far surpass us in development", Beketov said. Navy intelligence veteran, Captain 1st rank Igor Barklay comments: "Ocean UFOs often show up wherever our or NATO’s fleets concentrate. Near Bahamas, Bermudas, Puerto Rico. They are most often seen in the deepest part of the Atlantic Ocean, in the southern part of the Bermuda Triangle, and also in the Caribbean Sea". Another place where people often report UFO encounters is Russia’s Lake Baikal, the deepest fresh water body in the world. Fishermen tell of powerful lights coming from the deep and objects flying up from the water. In one case in 1982 a group of military divers training at Baikal spotted a group of humanoid creatures dressed in silvery suits. The encounter happened at a depth of 50 meters, and the divers tried to catch the strangers. Three of the seven men died, while four others were severely injured. "I think about underwater bases and say: why not? Nothing should be discarded", says Vladimir Azhazha. "Skepticism is the easiest way: believe nothing, do nothing. People rarely visit great depths. So it’s very important to analyze what they encounter there". Meanwhile Russian Navy officials have denied the collection of UFO-related encounters exists. A source in the Navy’s service staff said the story may have its roots in the reports of vessel commanders, which describe locating objects of unclear but Earthly origin. "An illusion of a UFO encounter can result from large fish shoals, floating garbage, or natural phenomena", ITAR-TASS news agency cites the source.