Thursday, February 28, 2013
Via Before It's News: One evening this past August, Angela and Steve received a knock on the door. The couple opened it to see two police officers standing outside. "One of them said, 'We have a warrant for y’all’s arrest'. … The next thing I remember is my husband dragging me from the kitchen. I had fainted", Angela recalled, according to Human Rights Watch. Their crime? The couple was unable to afford their $585 rent payment that month. Two weeks after their rent was due, Steve approached their landlord with half of the money for the rent, but she wouldn’t take it. "I’ve never been more than one month late. Then they stick this notice on the door and said get out in 10 days", Steve told Human Rights Watch. After failed negotiations with the landlord and the near impossibility of finding another place in 10 days, the couple ended up with an arrest warrant and had to appear in court. When the court clerk asked Angela for a mug shot, she broke down and screamed: "Steve, are we going to jail? I don’t want to go to jail!" Angela and Steve were lucky the judge was a bit understanding: he dismissed all charges and granted them another week to move out. But not everyone is so lucky when it comes to the state of Arkansas' harsh tenant laws.
Via FOX News: Pope Benedict XVI promised his "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor on Thursday in a poignant and powerful farewell speech to cardinals delivered hours before he becomes the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. In an unexpected address inside the Vatican's frescoed Clementine Hall, the Pope appeared to be trying to defuse concerns about his future role and the possible conflicts arising from the peculiar situation of having both a reigning Pope and a retired one. Benedict also gave a final set of instructions to the "Princes" of the Church who will elect his successor, urging them to be united as they huddle to choose the 266th leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. "May the College of Cardinals work like an orchestra, where diversity -- an expression of the universal Church -- always works toward a higher and harmonious agreement", he said.
Via Disclose.tv: Dr. Maurice Hilleman made astounding revelations in an interview that was cut from The Health Century the admission that Merck drug company vaccines had been injecting dangerous viruses into people worldwide. Bear in mind that Dr. Hilleman was the developer of Mercks vaccine program. He developed over three dozen vaccines, more than any other scientist in history. He was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Science, the Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society. He received a special lifetime achievement award from the World Health Organization. Hilleman was one of the early vaccine pioneers to warn about the possibility that simian viruses might contaminate vaccines. It is possible that vaccines sold by drugmakers like Merck are causing lethal disease.
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: They say any kind of publicity is good publicity, so it kind of shocks the hell out of me that people are saying this sex tape going to ruin the career of the Miss Teen Delaware. First of all, lets be honest, she didn’t have one and wasn’t going to have a successful one anyway - she’s a woman. Secondly, she won an award for being hot and now she’s moving on to the only logical career for women who are hot – getting things shoved into them from behind...
Via American Power: Michelle Malkin writes on her blog: "Hey, who needs Saturday Night Live?! It’s been a while since I was inspired to post a YouTube parody. Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama provided the perfect opportunity". Michelle Malkin is undoubtedly fabulous. But so is Michelle Obama, who is highly appreciated by many women in America. I would not be surprised if Michelle Obama becomes American President in the future.
Via Theo Spark: The Center for Security Policy assembled a formidable group of national security experts to tackle concerns, questions, and controversies surrounding Obama's appointee for CIA Director, counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan. Hosted by the Center's Frank Gaffney, this virtual press conference brings together Steve Emerson (Investigative Project on Terrorism); Zuhdi Jasser (American Islamic Forum for Democracy); Chris Farrell (Judicial Watch); Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, USA-Ret. (Family Research Council, and former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence); Andy McCarthy (former federal prosecutor and author of The Grand Jihad and Spring Fever); and Stephen Coughlin (Center for Security Policy and author of the forthcoming book, Catastrophic Failure).
Via Before It's News: The aircraft carriers USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69), USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75), and USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) are in port at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. US Navy Photo. To have 5 nuclear carriers into harbor for "routine" inspections at the same time must be regarded as a problem...
Via The Swedish Wire: The Australian said Thursday that Foreign Minister Carl Bildt has encouraged the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to do the "decent thing" and confront the sexual assault allegations against him in Sweden. Julian Assange has said he fears that he would be extradited from Sweden to the U.S., something that Carl Bildt rejects. "I think the decent thing for him to do is go and answer those questions from the Swedish prosecutor. I really fail to understand why he doesn't do that ... I don't know how long he wants to be held up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London. It's a rather strange way of spending his life", the Swedish Foreign Minister told the Australian. "I think, as someone pointed out, if the U.S. wanted him they had a better possibility by asking the Brits".
Via abc News:
"Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt. She lusted after their genitals – as large as those of donkeys, and their seminal emission was as strong as that of stallions". ~ Ezekiel 23:19 - 20
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Via abc7news: An 18-year old from Indiana is receiving worldwide attention for his extreme dedication to getting a job to help his family. Jhaqueil Reagan was walking on his way to a job interview last Friday when he crossed paths with restaurant owner Art Bouvier. Bouvier told the teenager he better catch a bus because he had seven miles to his destination, certainly too far to walk through snow and ice. Reagan thanked him but kept walking. Fifteen minutes later, Bouvier came across the young man again. "I said how come you're not on the bus. He said, 'I can't afford the bus until I get a job'. I'm thinking to myself, here's a kid walking almost 10 miles in the ice and slush and the snow for the hope of a job at minimum wage. That's the kind of story my parents used to tell", Bouvier said. Bouvier heard enough. He offered Reagan a job on the spot at the Cajun restaurant he owns in Indianapolis. "I'm lucky I met him", Reagan said. "I'm really lucky I met him. It's overwhelming. I didn't expect all of this or anything. I was just going to a job interview". It turns out Reagan's been caring for his siblings since their mom died two years ago. Reagan says he learned his work ethic from his dad and he hopes to soon be able to get his own apartment close to work.
Via American Power: Witnesses described the moment a shark attacked and killed a man at Muriwai Beach near Auckland, New Zealand. A student said police officers fired 20 shots at the 3.7-4.3 meter long Great White Shark, which has not been retrieved from the sea, Stuff NZ reported. Newstalk ZB reporter Juliette Sivertsen said the attack was very aggressive, with the shark refusing to let go of the man's body until police shot at it.
Via WTOP: After withdrawing meatballs from stores across Europe, home furnishings giant Ikea on Wednesday said it would also pull wiener sausages made by the same supplier after its own tests confirmed "a few indications of horse meat". Ikea said it would withdraw the sausages from stores in France, Britain, Spain, Ireland, and Portugal.
Via Just Jared: Behati Prinsloo hails a cab while out and about in the Soho neighborhood of New York City on Monday (February 25). The next day, the 23-year-old model went on The Couch to chat about her upcoming guest stint on Hawaii Five-0, and Victoria’s Secret new swimsuit line. "It’s a lot of traveling, alone time which no one sees… it’s pretty awesome, fabulous, beautiful life", Behati said about being a super model. "I got there and I was kinda nervous, but it was just a great experience. I had so much fun", Behati said about Hawaii Five-0.
Via CBS News: Dismembered remains believed to be those of a 45-year-old woman were found wrapped in a trash bag in the Bronx, by a man walking his dog early Tuesday morning. According to CBS New York, police were notified of the possible human remains on East 156th Street and Eagle Avenue in Melrose around 4:30 a.m. Upon arrival, police with cadaver dogs reportedly found body parts inside heavy-duty plastic garbage bags and inside a duffel bag among the pile of trash in at least four different locations. Police say the dog of the man who made the gruesome discovery was attracted to the scent coming from one of the bags, CBS New York reports. When the man opened it, he found the remains and called 911. Responders reportedly found one bag containing a leg and an arm. A portion of a torso with shoulders was found in another. A head was found in a third bag. Police have not released the victim's identity or how she died, but sources told CBS New York investigators were talking to her adult son after he walked into the 40th precinct Tuesday morning to report his mother missing. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death. Police are interviewing witnesses and searching for surveillance video. Some witnesses told police they saw the bags being dropped off sometime overnight by someone in an SUV.
Via American Power: Three topless members of the Femen feminist group attempted to jump on Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as he arrived at a polling station in Milan to vote in the Italian general election on Sunday. The activists, who had the message "Basta Berlusconi" ("Enough with Berlusconi") written on their backs, were quickly held and dragged away by police. The Wall Street Journal reports on the messy Italian election results. The left-wing coalition led by the Democratic Party's Pier Luigi Bersani appears to have gained a razor-thin victory in the lower house of parliament over the center-right coalition headed by Mr. Berlusconi—29.6% to 29.2%.
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: A Russian bus driver dubbed "The Punisher", who was tired of being cut up by sloppy drivers and insurance scammers has hit upon an ingenious solution - he deliberately rams them off the road. I can’t believe we spent decades hating these dudes when they turn out to be just like my favorite Uncle Dom. Crazy motherfuckers who just don’t give a damn. Meteors explode on impact in your backyard. Fuck it, ignore and move on. One hundred straight nights below zero. Fuck it, put on another Members Only jacket and move on. And, now this dude. A Russian bus driver nicknamed "The Punisher". You cut him off in traffic and he will fuck you right up. I love these people.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Via Two Olive Trees: One of God's Two Witnesses - Elijah the Tishbite - says Planet X or Nibiru or The Destroyer will cause a complete eclipse of the Sun, and total darkness shall fall upon the whole Earth for three days. Elijah continues: "When the Lord has set Satan free, He will then come up in the clouds above the Earth and fullfill what is written in I Thessalonians 4:16-18 with the shout of an Archangel, and will call down upon the whole Earth to His very elect". Elijah says he met the four angels af judgment, who are at the four corners of America - which he claims is Babylon the Great - one at San Diego, another at Seattle, one at Miami, and another in Bangor, Maine. Elijah has had visions of the American continent, pushed down under the surface of the sea. So when that happens, Revelation 13:1-18 can begin when Charles, the Prince of Wales, comes up out of the sea in his giant submarine with its altar to Satan in it, according to Elijah. Elijah's idea is that the Two Witnesses will be killed and that the future King Charles of England will be the Antichrist placed upon the throne in the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem. I believe the real scenario will be somewhat different. It would also be wrong to not have a Levitical representation incarnating Egypt on the Temple Mount witnessing about our great God Jesus Christ. God has given us the 50 books which make up the Greek Old Testament, the Septuagint, which is the Bible. Both the New Testament and the Koran is interesting literature of great value. But we must keep to Scripture - the Septuagint - with its commandments and administered by the Levitical Priesthood. Jesus Christ is God incarnate. He read from the Septuagint, but never from the New Testament, which didn't even exist yet.
Via Disclose.tv: A recently discovered comet will make an uncomfortably-close planetary flyby next year - but this time it's not Earth that's in the cosmic crosshairs. According to preliminary orbital prediction models, comet C/2013 A1 will buzz Mars on Oct. 19, 2014. The icy interloper is thought to originate from the Oort Cloud - a hypothetical region surrounding the solar system containing countless billions of cometary nuclei that were outcast from the primordial solar system billions of years ago. We know that the planets have been hit by comets before (re: the massive Comet Shoemaker - Levy 9 that crashed into Jupiter in 1994) and Mars, in particular, will have been hit by comets in the past. It's believed Earth's oceans were created by water delivered by comets - cometary impacts are an inevitable part of living in this cosmic ecosystem. C/2013 A1 was discovered by ace comet-hunter Robert McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in New South Wales, Australia, on Jan. 3. When the discovery was made, astronomers at the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona looked back over their observations to find "prerecovery" images of the comet dating back to Dec. 8, 2012. These observations placed the orbital trajectory of comet C/2013 A1 through Mars orbit on Oct. 19, 2014. Could the Red Planet be in for a potentially huge impact next year? Will Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity be in danger of becoming scrap metal?
Via Theo Spark: Life is Fabulous! Lily Aldridge, Miranda Kerr, and Karlie Kloss introduce the all-new Fabulous by Victoria's Secret bra collection, featuring demi, multi-way, full coverage, and push-up styles.
Via Hollyscoop: The sh*tstorm saga continues… Yeah, we’re talking, of course, about Lindsay Lohan. Here’s the latest on Hollywood's slipperiest starfish. Santa Claus Sheen Strikes Again: If it weren’t for Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan could very well be in jail right now… or in a ditch. The latest in Sheen's campaign for the LiLo charitable trust: he has offered her a role in his new FX series "Anger Management". Apparently she’s going to star as Charlie’s character’s newest trick in the series. Big stretch… Charlie Sheen REALLY Wants to Bang Lindsay: This hasn’t been reported anywhere. But after this new role and the $100K he gifted to her last year, we’re only guessing. Her Lawyer is Still a Hack: Mark Heller, the NY state discount lawyer that Lindz decided to represent her in the ongoing probation violation case, is officially still an idiot. TMZ relays a recent failed attempt at the upper hand when the courtroom Flintstone filed a move to dismiss the case due to the fact that the "Liz & Dick" star wasn’t read her Miranda rights during her PCH car crash. Only problem is legally responding officers weren’t required to do so. Not at all. D’oh! Slapped With Mo’ Taxes: Lindsay was just slapped with another tax bill from the state of California for a whopping $56.717 from 2011 alone, reports TMZ. This is in addition to the $140.203 she still owes the IRS… Her checkbook couldn’t get any sloppier if you squeezed it into the center of a s’more.
Via Before It's News: According to Lyndon LaRouche's LPAC and statements made in this video by Russian President Medvedev, Russia has threatened nuclear war against America if it were to interfere in the sovereignty of Syria, Iran, North Korea, and other sovereign nations. Russia warned in St Petersburg against interference in third-party global conflicts. Medvedev said: "At some moment such actions, which undermine the sovereignty of Syria, Iran, North Korea, can end with a full-fledged regional war, or even, and I don't want to scare anybody, the use of nuclear weapons".
Via The Swedish Wire: In order to save its own skin, Sweden's Pirate Party has stopped Internet delivery to The Pirate Bay. After an aggressive letter with the threat of legal action from the Rights Alliance (formerly Antipiratbyrån), leaders of the Pirate Party decided to stop Internet delivery to the notorious file-sharing site, newspaper Svenska Dagbladet said Tuesday. "The reason is partly the party's survival, and partly personal pressures on individuals in the party. Civil litigation is all about endurance, which depends on who has the most money. Rights Alliance is backed up by multinational corporations, we are sponsored by youth", party leader Anna Troberg told the daily. Since 2010 the party has acted as ISP for file sharing site. Now Norwegian and Catalan pirate parties will take over as providers, according to the newspaper. There are around 60 pirate parties in the world. The Rights Alliance says that piracy is a growing problem for society and is estimated to cost the EU €50 million every year.
Monday, February 25, 2013
Via Hollyscoop: When Madonna first joined Instagram, we credited her racy selfies to a mid-life crisis. Well, turns out Instagram is not on board with Madonna’s bare skin pics, her cleavage baring shots, and then the shots of just her cleavage. Instagram fired off this letter to the Queen of Pop, writing, "Hello Madonna, it has come to our attention that your account on Instagram has violated our Community Guidelines". Namely, Madonna is in violation of the clause, "Don’t share photos that show nudity or mature content". Did we mention there’s a picture of her underbutt. It’s like underboob, but with butt. Madonna posted the takedown notice on her Instagram and then did not remove the violating photos. I mean, what are they going to do? Shut down her account? She’ll find a way. Madonnagram? Hmm… Most of Madonna’s Instapics are close-ups of her lips, which isn’t against Instagram's rules.
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Hollywood ranks as the third biggest dank-smoking industry in the world, right behind the National Basketball Association and South American Air Traffic Controllers, so it’s no surprise that somewhere around 68.9% of actors and actresses are puffing tough on Trainwreck at any given moment. But Kristen Stewart at the Academy Awards last night, she and that limp and that wicked unexplained arm bruise, she crashed through the "Bridge Out at 420" sign and flew right off the embankment. Kristen Stewart had quite a 2012. She compelled her Snow White director to chow down on her lunch box during union mandated production breaks, busting up his marriage to a hot Euro model, no less, she finally got her top off fully legit in On The Road, and in between giving the finger to paparazzi, broke up with her gay boyfriend who will certainly be missing that middle finger. She’s busy. And super fucking high. Check out Liberty Ross and her amazing legs and nipples. She’s the model whose director husband dove into Kristen’s breach face first and cost himself any shot at ever tweaking those nipples again in bed.
Via The Washington Times: Scientists say they have discovered an entire continent under the Indian Ocean that had detached itself from the then-supercontinent of Rodina and disappeared millions of years ago. The continent was discovered beneath the islands of Reunion and Mauritius, tourist destinations just east of southern Africa, according to Fox News. The continent — a microcontinent, really, called Mauritia — disappeared during the drifting of Madagascar and India, when it subsequently detached from the main continent at the time, called Rodina, according to the report. It’s since been obscured from view by masses of lava, scientists said. Land shifts and continent separations aren’t altogether uncommon. Scientists say they occur when giant bubbles of hot rock spew forth from Earth’s deep recessions — from its mantle — and soften tectonic plates. These plates then shift and break apart at the hot spots, Fox News reports.
Via The Sun: Irina Shayk turned heads at the Oscars in an eye-popping white gown - but the stunning Russian boobed on the red carpet by badly overdoing her eye make-up. Cristiano Ronaldo's missus put her best assets on show as she arrived at the swanky Vanity Fair after-party in a dangerously low-cut dress that barely concealed her cleavage. Slashed from her neck to her navel, only some strategically placed tape stopped her breasts from spilling out as she pouted for photographers. With her award-winning cleavage, the Russian model almost bursted out of her dress. Irina's outfit would have been enough to earn her a place among the evening's best dressed elite - but the lingerie model lost major marks for a botched make-up job. The 27-year-old slapped so much eye shadow around her peepers she looked like she'd come straight from punch-up in a pub. Maybe she needs to take some cosmetic tips from her fella? The Real Madrid striker is a big fan of slap and has even been known to stick some on before big games.
Via Just Jared: Vincent Cassel and his wife Monica Bellucci take in the sights of Ipanema Beach before heading back to their hotel on Thursday (February 21) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 46-year-old actor’s film Trance is set to be released in the U.S. on April 5. A red band trailer for the film just hit the web! James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson also star in the crime thriller about an art auctioneer who has become mixed up with a group of criminal partners and a hypnotherapist in order to recover a lost painting.
Via The Swedish Wire: Bloomberg said household spending is helping Nordic economies weather weak export demand as the euro area suffers through a second year of recession. "Resilient" consumers helped Sweden avoid a recession last year and domestic demand remains the "main growth driver" in Finland, according to a European Union report, the newswire said. "Exports are expected to pick up in the second half of 2013 when growth in Swedish export markets is projected to resume". Sweden’s economy will expand 1.3 percent this year and 2.7 percent in 2014 after growing 1 percent in 2012, according to E.U. forecast.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Via The Sun: Police in Las Vegas allegedly found a 23-year-old woman having sex with a Pit Bull. Kara Vandereyk was found naked in the front yard outside her house by cops responding to a tip-off. A report in the U.S. claims she continued fondling the pooch after officers arrived on the scene and approached her. Police said the woman appeared to be on drugs and could not remember her own name. She informed them she was bipolar. Vandereyk was booked on a charge of open or gross lewdness. The dog was handed over to animal control officers.
Via NBC News: A 32-year-old Brooklyn man is suing his parents, claiming he wasn't loved enough by them and that their neglect has caused him to be homeless and jobless. Bernard Bey filed a self-written lawsuit in Brooklyn court earlier this month, accusing his parents of causing him mental anguish and for making him feel "unloved and beaten by the world". He's spent time in jail and is now homeless, and he believes his parents are at the root of his problems. Bey is asking the court for more than $200.000 in damages. He wants his parents to mortgage their family home and purchase two franchises like Domino's Pizza. "I feel like my parents should want the best for their children and grandchildren so we have something to pass down for generations so we don't have to live like this", he said.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Via BBC News: Six underground storage tanks at a nuclear site in the U.S. state of Washington are leaking, authorities say. Governor Jay Inslee described the situation at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as "disturbing news". But he stressed that there was no current risk to human health. Nearly 200 ageing containers hold millions of liters of radioactive waste left from decades of plutonium production for nuclear weapons. "There is no immediate or near-term health risk associated with these newly discovered leaks, which are more than five miles (8km) from the Columbia River", Mr Inslee said in a statement. "But nonetheless this is disturbing news for all Washingtonians", he added. Last week, a leak was reported in one of the storage tanks. Officials said it was leaking at a rate of up 300 gallons (1.136 liters) per year. They said that tests had not detected higher radiation levels near the tanks. Established as part of the Manhattan Project in 1943, Hanford was home to the world's first full-scale plutonium production facility. It was part of America's bid to build the world's first nuclear weapon during World War II. The site produced the plutonium for the bomb that was dropped on the Japanese city of Nagasaki. Production at Hanford continued until 1989. Under a costly clean-up proposal, the waste will eventually be treated in a special plant. It will then be safely disposed of underground in stainless steel canisters.
Via Hollyscoop: On Friday, the Internet lit up when photos of Rita Ora giving mouth-to-mouth to bisexual fashion model Cara Delevingne surfaced. "I miss the wifey....baby come closer!" the photo’s caption read. She also told the UK’s Sun: "She’s officially mine. She’s, like, untouchable. I’ve taken her off the market. We call each other ‘wifey’ … You know what a wifey means? It’s like your other half. Like when you get married, like, that’s your wife!" The fashionista has been the long-running casualty to Internet rumors about her lesbian tendencies. So, we’re taking this "confession" with a grain of salt—or, at least as a light-hearted moment poking fun at off track gossip. Still, for Rob Kardashian, who famously got dumped by Rita, this all surely comes as a major blow to his manhood. He’s doing his best to cover that up, though, tweeting macho messages like "MUMFORD all day during my workouts!" Sure, Rob. Sure…
Via The Swedish Wire: Swedish fashion giant H&M's new garment recycling program has stared; 1,500 fashion collection boxes will be set up worldwide. Shoppers who bring in a bag of old clothes -- from any label, not just H&M -- get a voucher worth 50 kronor ($7.85, £5) off their next purchase of 300 kronor or more. H&M then sends the bags to partner company that makes sure it’s re-worn, made into a new product, or converted into recycled fibers. For the mega-retailer it's a double win: They get people into their stores and boosts its brand with green goodwill. The fast-fashion industry has been criticized for abusing workers rights and degenerating the environment.
Via The Huffington Post: A British cancer patient is suing his hospital after doctors removed the wrong testicle in an operation last June. The Salisbury Journal reports that the 48-year-old man, whose name has not been released, is suing Salisbury District Hospital and the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, as he fears he has become infertile due to the accident. British tabloid Metro noted that, while surgeons realized their mistake and attempted to re-attach the healthy testicle, the surgery did not work. The Daily Mail quoted the man as saying the botched procedure has caused "incredible stress and strain". Metro contacted the Wiltshire Involvement Network, a patient watchdog group, which called the incident "tragic". "With this type of operation men need confidence they can put their trust fully in the hospital", WIN chairman Phil Matthews said, per Metro. Reached by the Salisbury Journal, a hospital spokesperson confirmed the hospital had received notice of the suit. "This is a regrettable incident and the trust once again offers its sincere apologies to the patient", the spokesperson told the Salisbury Journal. "Remedial surgery took place at the time and the patient was informed straight after the completion of surgery of the situation and that additional surgery had taken place to rectify this". While unfortunate, these types of medical accidents are not as rare as you might think. The Associated Press reported that a U.S. Air Force veteran filed a similar suit against the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, after doctors removed his healthy right testicle, instead of his atrophied left one in 2007. Similarly, doctors at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St. Edmunds, England, botched a testicular operation on a man in 2010, which resulted in the patient becoming infertile, according to The Independent.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Via Disclose.tv: What appears to be a fossilized reptilian spine sticking out of the ground has been spotted on Mars by the Mars Curiosity rover. In the latest round of photos published by the space agency to the Internet, one picture caught the attention of the eagle-eyed public dedicated to poring over every pixel downloaded from the rover carefully making its way across the Martian landscape. Peeking out from the rocky, desert soil is a distinctive and familiar looking shape. It resembles the fossilized remains of a lizard-like sea creature with an elongated, twisting spine, much like those of reptilian "dinosaurs" found all over archaeological digs explored on Earth for the last several centuries. Right down to the tail.
Via The Local: India and Saudi Arabia were the Swedish weapons industry's top clients in 2012, a year which nevertheless saw Sweden's arms exports drop 30 percent from the year before. Overall, Sweden sold 9.8 billion kronor ($1.53 billion) worth of arms in 2012, according to a report from the Swedish Agency for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls (Inspektionen för strategiska produkter, ISP), a state body meant to ensure weapons export follows ethical guidelines set by parliament. Aside from India and Saudia Arabia, whose governments bought 1.44 million and 922 million kronor worth of Swedish arms last year respectively, other significant clients were France (899 million), Pakistan (615 million), and Thailand (600 million). Sweden's policy to arm India, Saudi-Arabia, France, Pakistan, and Thailand is of course a correct and great policy. Sweden is traditionally the Israeli war tribe from of old, called Naphthali. It is also in the interests of all Greeks to have a strong orient, and there is also where we find the future of the occident and Europe. We must build up not only Europe, but the whole Arab and oriental world in a centralized elite world of discipline in the model of old Egypt and the Roman Empire. Around 56 percent of Swedish arms exports went to other countries in the E.U., as well as "established partners" such as Canada, South Africa, and the United States. It is good to find that the U.S. is an important buyer of Swedish arms, and necessary, because our Swedish arms are best. Twenty other countries accounted for the rest of Swedish weapons exports. ISP said exports were down from 2011 because Swedish military vendors had wrapped up several large-scale deals, leaving fewer big sales to bump up figures in 2012. "Several of these systems have been delivered and therefore the value of Swedish exports has been reduced", ISP said in a statement. The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (Svenska freds, SPAS) remained critical of the fact that Sweden continues to sell weapons to dictatorships and countries that violate human rights. It also cited revelations from last year that Swedish weapons sold to India had ended up in Burma "in violation of international weapons embargoes and Sweden's own rules on weapons exports". "That should mean that arms exports should be frozen to the country in question", SPAS head Anna Ek said in a statement.
Via Before It's News: These former astronauts articulate their profound experience of traveling to outer space.
Via The Local: The current debate in Sweden is much about so called "infidelity checks", the local custom of men inserting their fingers into the genitals of their girlfriends or spouses to check if they have been unfaithful. A man who violated his girlfriend's private parts in an "infidelity check" was convicted of sex crimes by a court in Gothenburg, only four days after another man in Stockholm was cleared of rape charges in a similar case. In a case that wrapped up at Svea Court of Appeals (Svea Hovrätt) in early February, a 28-year-old man who had ripped his girlfriend's trousers and underwear off in a fit of jealousy was cleared of rape. The crime was instead reclassified as "unlawful coercion", which entailed a significant reduction in his sentence. The ruling raised eyebrows in Sweden after the Court of Appeals explained its judgement by saying the attack was "not sexual in nature". Following initial media reports about the Stockholm case, reports emerged that the Court of Appeals in Western Sweden (Göta hovrätt) had also ruled in a similar case. Instead of throwing out the sex crime conviction, judges underscored that the act of inserting fingers into a woman's genitals was in itself a "sexual violation". "It doesn't matter what the purpose was", appeals council Andréa Erliden told the TT news agency. "It relates to the woman's sexuality". The second man, who had forced his girlfriend to take off her underwear to undergo the "infidelity check", was convicted of sexual coercion. In the previous case, that of the 28-year-old man in central Sweden who saw the rape verdict quashed, the defendant had torn his partner's clothes off. Erliden told TT she would welcome a clarification of the legal code.
"The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun". ~ Psalms 58:3, 8
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Via The Sun: Prince Philip told a nurse her country must be "half-empty" because there are so many Filipinos working for the NHS. The Duke of Edinburgh, who is famed for his off-the-cuff remarks, made the hospital worker from the Philippines laugh with his comment during a visit to open a cardiac centre. Reports claim the Duke told an un-named woman: "The Philippines must be half-empty - you’re all here running the NHS". Philip’s remark came during a visit to Luton and Dunstable University Hospital yesterday, where he officially launched the multimillion-pound cardiac center. A spokeswoman for the hospital described the royal visit as a huge boost for staff morale and said the Duke was in a jovial mood, making jokes throughout his tour. Philip had a stent fitted to clear a blockage in a coronary artery in December 2011 and when, during the visit, he was given a gold plated stent, he quipped that he now had a spare. The Duke is well-known for his outspoken comments and famously told British students during a 1986 state visit to China: "If you stay here much longer, you’ll all be slitty-eyed". He also once told a group of deaf youngsters: "Deaf? If you are near there, no wonder you are deaf", referring to a school’s steel band. He also told Susan Edwards, who is blind, uses a wheelchair, and has a guide dog: "Do you know they have eating dogs for the anorexic now?" In 1967 asked if he wanted to visit the Soviet Union, Philip replied: "I would like to, although the bastards murdered half my family". In Kenya he said to a female: "You are a woman, aren’t you?" In Scotland he asked a driving instructor: "How do you keep the natives off the booze long enough to pass the test?" And he asked a British student in Papua New Guinea: "You managed not to get eaten then?" The hospital spokesman said of yesterday’s visit: "Staff greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet the Duke of Edinburgh, and we regard all personal conversations he had with our staff and guests as private and therefore would not comment on them". Buckingham Palace said it did not comment on private conversations.
Via The Local: A Swedish court has ruled that a 28-year-old man who ripped off his girlfriend's trousers and underwear to perform an "infidelity check" is not guilty of rape or any other sex crimes. The man had previously been convicted of rape by a lower court after he tore off his girlfriend's clothes and forced his fingers into her genitals on suspicion that she had been unfaithful, legal trade publication Dagens Juridik reported. The lower court had also convicted the man of several other charges related to repeated assaults and threats directed against his girlfriend in a relationship that had been marked by jealousy and suspicion. But upon reviewing the case, the Svea Court of Appeal threw out the rape conviction, arguing that the man's actions weren't sexual in nature. Both the man and his girlfriend testified that the act was an attempt to ascertain whether or not the woman had engaged in sexual activity with another man. "His action can therefore not be seen as having a sexual character such that it can be regarded as a sexual act according to the criminal code", the court wrote in its ruling. The appeals court instead found the man guilty of unlawful coercion and reduced his jail sentence from two years and eight months to 14 months in prison. The woman's defense attorney slammed the court's ruling for how it might affect similar cases in the future. "There is a risk that a perpetrator may claim an act didn't involve any sexual desire and thus hide behind the argument even if the truth is otherwise", attorney Marianne Jargenius told the Metro newspaper. It remains unclear whether or not the new court ruling will also be appealed.
Via Before It's News: This absolutely amazing story comes to us from the San Diego, California area and brings us the mystery of a huge "pod" of dolphins. Over 100.000 dolphins, by one estimation, were found swimming together in what is being called a "super mega pod" by Captain Joe Dutra of Hornblower Cruises. In fact, Mr. Dutra estimated the trail of dolphins to be 7 miles long and 5 miles wide, the largest group of dolphins he had ever seen together.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Via American Power: As 29 passengers sat aboard a Zurich-bound flight here Monday evening waiting for the last bags to be loaded, gunmen wearing police uniforms raced up to the plane and stole more than 120 packages of diamonds worth at least $50 million, and possibly much more. Some of the eight masked robbers stood in front of the Helvetic Airways jet plane with machine guns, pointing laser sights at the pilots, while others forced ground workers to open the plane's cargo doors, according to Belgian prosecutors and other people familiar with the events. The thieves snatched the parcels of jewels and sped off in minutes without firing a shot, said Belgian prosecutor Ine Van Wymersch. Many travelers on the plane and inside the terminal didn't know what was happening. "It was well-prepared and very professional", she said. The theft rattled Antwerp, a world hub for trading in gems and precious metals. Nearly all of those valuables pass through Brussels Airport. The thieves appeared to have detailed information about both the cargo and operations at the airport, and likely had help from people at the airport, according to an aviation-security specialist knowledgeable about the incident. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, international law-enforcement officials have been concerned about security threats posed by people working inside airports and other sensitive facilities. The brazen heist is Europe's highest-value airport-tarmac holdup in a decade, aviation-security exports said. Authorities on Tuesday didn't detail exactly what was stolen, so estimates of the value of the goods varied. The declared value of the stolen diamonds, a mix of rough and polished stones, was about $50 million, according to a spokeswoman for the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, a coordinator for local diamond traders. The aviation-security specialist knowledgeable about what happened said the jewels could be worth up to $350 million. Ms. Van Wymersch, the prosecutor, declined to place a value on the stolen gems.
Via The Sun: One of my first Twitter followers, who I'm a big fan of - POP superstar Lady Gaga - has checked into hospital to undergo hip surgery. The Poker Face star scrapped the remaining date on her Born This Way Ball tour earlier this month after being diagnosed with synovitis, a severe inflammation of the joints. This week she was seen using a wheelchair - which she had named "Emma" - to take the strain off her legs. And now Lady Gaga is going under the knife in a bid to address the problem. In a post on her Twitter page today, she writes: "Going in for surgery now. "Thank you so much for sending me love and support. I will be dreaming of you". It is thought Gaga will lose millions after canceling the gigs as insurers argue the star's injury was her own fault for working too hard and scheduling too many dates. The Born This Way Ball tour began in Seoul, South Korea on April 27, 2012 and was originally due to end in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on March 20, 2013. It is not yet known if Gaga will find a way to play new shows to make up for those that have been canceled. Let us all pray for Lady Gaga's fast recovery. I want to hear more of Lady Gaga's wonderful music!
Via Theo Spark: How to chill warm beer in 5 minutes with Stephanie from EyeHandy.
Via The Local: Sweden's New York-based Princess Madeleine is getting ready to send out her wedding invites, but says she will forego the Anglo-Saxon tradition of bridesmaids as she marries her British-American fiancé. The princess, fourth in line to the Swedish throne, will marry financier Christopher O'Neill at the palace church (Slottskyrkan) in Stockholm on June 8th. "There's only four months left!" she exclaimed in a statement on the Royal Court website. "Time flies when you're having fun. We're in the middle of planning". O'Neill, who has dual U.K. and U.S. citizenship, will have a best man at the nuptials, while the Swedish princess will not ask her friends to stand in as bridesmaids (brudtärnor), but instead invite the children of family and friends to accompany her down the aisle (brudnäbbar). "Just like my mum and my sister did, I will have brudnäbbar. It's a wedding tradition that I want to carry forward". She said wedding invites would be put in the post on April 1st, and said she regretted that she could not invite everyone that she would like to. The afternoon ceremony in central Stockholm will be followed by dinner at Drottningholm Castle, just west of the city. "Drottningholm means tremendously much to me as I was born and grew up there".
Via The Swedish Wire: Bloomberg said that Sweden, home to Europe’s safest banks, believes the key to avoiding the next financial crisis is to ignore calls for harmonized capital rules and apply individual regulatory standards to match national risks. "It would be silly, and negative, to have exactly the same rules in all countries", Financial Supervisory Authority Director General Martin Andersson told the news bureau. "While we should have minimum levels in all countries, different nations should be able to go above those minimum levels -- otherwise we delete the experience we have made in the past few years that we sometimes have to do more to remove imbalances in individual countries".
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Via The Swedish Wire: Bloomberg said that Iceland is hinting its currency may be too small to survive in the volatile world left behind by the global financial crisis. "We’ve said that Iceland can live with the krona, but then we have to do this and that", central bank Governor Mar Gudmundsson told the newswire. "And it may well be the case that we don’t like all the things we have to do. Then we have to consider other options. Another option is to join a large currency union". His comments came less than five months after Finance Minister Katrin Juliusdottir said the krona probably will never be restored to a free floating regime. Last year media sources said that Iceland, hard hit by the financial crisis, may drop its Icelandic Krona and instead adopt the Canadian dollar. A group of prominent Icelandic business leaders approached Canadian ambassador to Iceland Alan Bones last year about the idea.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Via American Power: Tanya Rivero reports on the photos that are upsetting many people.
Via Disclose.tv: Pope Benedict, Joseph Ratzinger, has scheduled a meeting with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano for Saturday, February 23 to discuss securing protection and immunity from prosecution from the Italian government, according to Italian media sources. Ratzinger's meeting follows upon the apparent receipt by the Vatican of a diplomatic note from an undisclosed European government on February 4, stating its intention to issue an arrest warrant for Ratzinger, who resigned from his pontificate less than a week later. In response to the February 23 meeting, the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS), through its field Secretary, Rev. Kevin Annett, has written to President Napolitano, asking him to refrain from assisting Ratzinger in evading justice. In the text of the ITCCS letter it says among other things: In response to the documented crimes of child torture, trafficking, and genocide linked to Pope Benedict and Vatican officials, the ITCCS will be sponsoring a series of ongoing protests and occupations of Roman Catholic churches and offices through its affiliates around the world beginning in Easter week, March 24-31, 2013, and continuing indefinitely.
"And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live". ~ Deuteronomy 8:3
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Via The Huffington Post: Big surprise here: Donald Trump has slammed Beyonce's Super Bowl performance last Sunday because of what he called "suggestive" dancing and inappropriate behavior onstage. Appearing on "The Howard Stern Show" on Feb. 6, the 66-year-old real estate mogul said: "When Beyonce was thrusting her hips forward in a very suggestive manner, if someone else would have done that it would have been a national scandal. I thought it was ridiculous ... I thought it was not appropriate", Trump said. Beyonce is doubtless a brilliant dancer.
Via The Swedish Wire: As Europe's leading mining nation, Sweden is set to gain from increasing global demand for ores and metals, says Joseph Michael, head of Metals and Mining at Stockholm Business Region. And that's also good news for the Stockholm region. Sweden has been at the forefront of new environmentally friendly mining concepts, Michael pointed out, including Green Mining and Mining of the Future.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
FHM Model Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed by Oscar Pistorius. Oscar Pistorius, 26, the world's most famous paralympian and the first to compete in the able-bodied Olympics, was arrested for shooting his girlfriend dead at his home in Pretoria, South Africa. It is understood he shot her in the head, chest, and arm after mistaking her for a burglar. The 30-year-old victim is FHM model Reeva Steenkamp, 30, who Oscar Pistorius has been dating since November last year. Miss Steenkamp tweeted excitedly about her plans for Valentine's Day surprise, writing: "What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???"
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: It is an undisputed fact that short girls are better than tall girls and that girls with big tits are better than everything. But Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Genevieve Morton is just as hot as Kate Upton, and has even bigger tits, AND is South African meaning she has that sexy accent, yet somehow isn’t hugely famous.
Via The Swedish Wire: Horse meat was discovered in products that are supposed to be 100 percent beef, sold in Sweden, the United Kingdom, and France. Now the scandal has spread all the way to Hong Kong and lasagne products are being pulled from supermarket shelves, according to media sources and government statements. South China Morning Post said Saturday that ParknShop has taken Findus lasagne off shelves amid fears over horsemeat. Customers who bought product are being told not to eat it. 360g packs of Findus Beef Lasagne were previously sold at ParknShop and its subsidiaries Great and Taste. A spokeswoman for the chain declined to say how many boxes had been imported, sold, or recalled. The lasagne was imported from Britain and made by French food-processing company Comigel in Luxembourg, the newspaper said. Food manufacturer Findus Sweden recalled thousands of packets of frozen "beef lasagne" after tests showed they contained horsemeat. Findus in Sweden had purchased frozen lasagnes from a Comigel factory in Luxembourg. CNN said that high-stakes lawsuits, overlapping investigations and a bitter battle over blame are spreading across Europe in the wake of a scandal that has rocked the meat industry.
Via Before It's News: One day after the catastrophic event in Russia, Cuba get's hit by a meteor. Russians living near the Ural Mountains were in for a terrifying surprise yesterday evening, when a meteor zoomed through the sky and exploded overhead, causing windows to break and many hundreds to be injured (last count, 1.200). So far, 270 buildings are damaged. Fortunately the vast majority of injuries appear to be non life-threatening. The meteor that streaked across the skies over Russia in a blinding fireball on Friday struck Earth's atmosphere with a force about 30 times greater than the Hiroshima bomb, Nasa scientists have said. Apparently, another potential meteor crash may have happened in Cuba today. Related? In a Cuba update report released this morning by Rodas, town in the province of Cienfuegos, witnesses described a very bright light of large size, comparable to that of a bus, before exploding in the sky.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Via Disclose.tv: The leader of Russia’s Liberal Democratic Party and vice speaker of the State Duma Vladimir Zhirinovsky accused on Friday the United States of testing new weapons over Russia immediately after reports of a meteorite explosion appeared. People in the Urals in Russia have seen burning objects raining down from the sky after a meteorite exploded above the Earth. "There have been no meteorites. It was a new American weapons test", Zhirinovsky said.
Via The Sun: Bruce Willis continued his run of weird behavior by spitting out a glass of water in front of shocked host Kate Garraway this morning. Daybreak host Kate was asking the actor about his daughters when he started gushing about how his favorite job is making his youngest, Mabel, laugh. Kate innocently asked to hear his best jokes and was gobsmacked as Bruce demonstrated one by gulping down a glass of water and spitting it out onto the posh carpet. The pair were seated in a luxury hotel for the pre-recorded interview, but the plush surroundings did nothing to deter the comedian from dribbling all over the decor...
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: The New Zealand Herald reports Ke$ha said fans will see her drinking her own pee in the forthcoming documentary about her life. Ke$ha said, "I was told drinking my own pee was good, I was trying to be healthy ... Somebody tried to take my pee away from me and I said, 'That is mine!' So I snatched it up and took a chug and it was really gross so I don't do it anymore". Oh, so she only drank her urine because someone tried to take it from her. Ok. See, now that I’ve heard the whole story in context it makes more sense...
Via The Swedish Wire: Swedish defense company Saab said Friday it has signed a deal to sell new Gripen E figter jets for 2.5 billion kronor ($396 million) to the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration, FMV. Total value under a new agreement could amount to 47.2 billion kronor ($7.5 billion), a statement said. The first of the 60 Gripen E jets - modified jets of the existing Gripen C model - are due to be delivered in 2018. The agreement was signed after a go-ahead from the Swedish parliament. The agreement includes development and modification of Gripen E for Sweden during the period 2013-2026 and a possible order for new production of Gripen E from Switzerland. FMV has placed an initial development order of SEK 2.5 billion for operations during 2013-2014. The total value of possible orders under the agreement, including from Switzerland, would amount to 47.2 billion Swedish crowns, Saab said in a statement.
"Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth". ~ Genesis 8:17
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Via FHM: Behind the sexy scenes on Michelle Keegan FHM Cover Shoot. Michelle is seen in her pants and a white vest top, with her lovely, long legs looking greased up and pretty great...
Via Theo Spark: BumBuddyBum!... ;-)
Via The Local: Finding romance abroad can be hard, something many single expats in Sweden know first hand. Different customs, different styles... not to mention different languages can all contribute to making it hard to hook up with that special someone. While Valentine's Day has been widely celebrated in the U.S. and the U.K. since the mid-1800s, it was only in the 1960s when Swedes began to catch on to the commercial aspects of the holiday inspired by early Christian saints and cemented into the cultural conscience by Chaucer's love birds. According to a 2012 survey, roughly half of Swedes celebrated Valentine's Day in 2012, with flowers being the most common gift given by lovebirds to show how much they care. According to industry estimates, about 4 million roses are reportedly sold in Sweden on Valentine's Day. Of course, Valentine's Day has been known to put many singles ill at ease, while others look at it as an opportunity to make a move on a day when romance is in the air. The Local has been in touch with single expats in both camps for a fun-loving look at how Swedish men and Swedish women can make (or break) one's dreams of Valentine's Day romance.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Via The Local: The Swedish foreign ministry will extend its reach into social media, with Foreign Minister Carl Bildt saying all embassies will soon have Twitter and Facebook accounts to ease "the consular challenges" posed by traveling Swedes. "We must be at the absolute cutting edge in digital diplomacy efforts", Bildt said in his Wednesday address to the Swedish Riksdag. He promised that all Swedish embassies would be tweeting and sharing information on Facebook by the end of February. Bildt noted that Swedes traveling abroad were growing ever more frequent. Since 2009, trips abroad had increased by 25 percent - hitting a total in 2012 of 15 million visits to other countries. He said a digital presence would allow the foreign ministry to master "new tools to meet the growing consular challenge". Sweden previously established an embassy in the virtual world Second Life, a move that garnered headlines across the world. Bildt often addresses the role of the internet. In 2013, Sweden will for the second year in a row host a global conference on freedom of expression online, he noted. "Sweden is a leader in the fight for all people’s rights and opportunities to communicate freely and securely on the internet", he claimed. Bildt is of course right concerning this issue. We Nordics have the God given power to defend and protect the freedom of expression. Of course we must do just that by promoting a correct way of life through a shrewd cyber strategy.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Olivia Wilde is in the new Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, dressed as… I have no idea, some old timey Hollywood dancer I guess. Or Vegas maybe. I don’t really care to be honest, I just wanted a reason to put up that .gif. Her breasts are so much bouncier than I imagined, and I assure you, I have imagined how bouncy they may be. A lot. Probably a week or so if you added it all up.
Via American Power and The New York Times: Rachel Hope is 5-foot-9 and likes yoga, dance, and martial arts. A real estate developer and freelance writer in Los Angeles, Ms. Hope, 41, is seeking a man who lives near her, is healthy and fit, and "has his financial stuff together", she said. Parker Williams, the 42-year-old founder of QTheory, a charity auction company also in Los Angeles, would seem like a good candidate. A 6-foot-2 former model who loves animals, Mr. Williams is athletic, easygoing, compassionate, and organized. Neither Ms. Hope nor Mr. Williams is interested in a romantic liaison. But they both want a child, and they’re in serious discussions about having, and raising, one together. Never mind that Mr. Williams is gay and that the two did not know of each other’s existence until last October, when they met on Modamily.com, a Web site for people looking to share parenting arrangements. Mr. Williams and Ms. Hope are among a new breed of online daters, looking not for love but rather a partner with whom to build a decidedly non-nuclear family. But Elizabeth Marquardt, director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values, a nonpartisan advocacy group in New York, vehemently disagrees. "It’s a terrible idea, deliberately consigning a child to be raised in two different worlds, with parents who did not even attempt to form a loving bond with one another", she wrote in an e-mail. "As children of divorce will tell you, it’s very difficult to grow up in two different worlds, with your parents each pursuing separate love lives that can be increasingly complex over the course of a childhood".
Via The Swedish Wire: Bloomberg said fund manager Standard Life Investments plans to buy commercial real estate in Stockholm after calling the Swedish capital one of Europe’s most attractive markets. Standard Life Investments, the manager of 205 billion euros of assets, may spend at least 100 million euros to double its holdings in Sweden, Mark Meiklejon, a real estate investment director, told the newswire. "For international companies wanting to locate to the Scandinavian region, Stockholm is probably the top pick", he said. "It’s a very transparent market; it’s liquid and pretty large; there is fiscal independence and a strong banking system".
Via The Local: An estimated 18.000 students worldwide are taking university lessons in Swedish in the hope of broadening their job horizons to include the Nordic nation. While it may be common for people around the world to be learning Spanish or English, the latest trend to start spreading around the globe is learning Swedish. The biggest interest stems from Germany, where 7.500 people study the language. "There are more people who study Swedish in Germany than people studying German in Sweden", Monika Wirkkala, department head at the Swedish Institute (SI), told the TT news agency. One student, Danny Marr, chose Swedish as her main language in her Scandinavian Relations course at Humboldt University in Berlin, and isn't having any troubles either. "Your grammar is so easy", she trumpeted.
Via Disclose.tv: Pope Benedict XVI's resignation came like a bolt from the blue overnight. A sign from God? Lighting strikes the basilica of St. Peter's dome during a storm that struck Rome on the same day Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation...
Via Mail Online and American Power: British bookmakers Paddy Power and Ladbrokes have already drawn up a list of contenders to replace Pope Benedict XVI, and topping both lists is Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana. For more than 800 hundreds years scholars have pointed to the dark augury having to do with "the last Pope". The prophecy, taken from St. Malachy's "Prophecy of the Popes", is among a list of verses predicting each of the Roman Catholic popes from Pope Celestine II to the final pope, "Peter the Roman", whose reign would end in the destruction of Rome. First published in 1595, the prophecies were attributed to St. Malachy by a Benedictine historian named Arnold de Wyon, who recorded them in his book, Lignum Vitae. Tradition holds that Malachy had been called to Rome by Pope Innocent II, and while there, he experienced the vision of the future popes, including the last one, which he wrote down in a series of cryptic phrases. According to the prophecy, the next pope (following Benedict XVI) is to be the final pontiff, Petrus Romanus or Peter the Roman. The idea by some Catholics that the next pope on St. Malachy's list heralds the beginning of "great apostasy" followed by "great tribulation" sets the stage for the imminent unfolding of apocalyptic events, something many non-Catholics would agree with. This would give rise to a false prophet, who according to the book of Revelation leads the world's religious communities into embracing a political leader known as Antichrist.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Via Esquire: For the first time, the Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden tells his story — speaking not just about the raid and the three shots that changed history, but about the personal aftermath for himself and his family. And the startling failure of the United States government to help its most experienced and skilled warriors carry on with their lives. The life of Osama bin Laden ended with three shots to the center of his forehead. Bin Laden was the man CIA director Leon Panetta called "the most infamous terrorist in our time". The Shooter was the "number two" behind the raid's point man going up the stairs to bin Laden's third-floor residence, and was the one who rolled through the bedroom door solo and confronted the surprisingly tall terrorist pushing his youngest wife, Amal, in front of him through the pitch-black room. The Shooter had to raise his gun higher than he expected. What is hard to understand is that a man with hundreds of successful war missions, one of the most decorated combat veterans of our age, who capped his career by terminating bin Laden, has no landing pad in civilian life. The U.S. government put a $25 million bounty on bin Laden that no one is likely to collect. Certainly not the SEALs who went on the mission nor the support and intelligence experts who helped make it all possible. Technology is the key to success in this case more than people, Washington officials have said. The Shooter doesn't care about that. "I'm not religious, but I always felt I was put on the earth to do something specific. After that mission, I knew what it was". "No one who fights for this country overseas should ever have to fight for a job", Barack Obama said last Veterans' Day, "or a roof over their head, or the care that they have earned when they come home". But the Shooter will discover soon enough that when he leaves after sixteen years in the Navy, his body filled with scar tissue, arthritis, tendonitis, eye damage, and blown disks, here is what he gets from his employer and a grateful nation: Nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family.
Via What Would Tyler Durden Do?: Award shows are all dumb because taste is subjective but the Grammy Awards are extra dumb because they’ve given Taylor Swift 7 of the fucking things. So all we can really hope for is that Katy Perry wears something that shows off her tits (she did!) and that Lindsay Lohan does something embarrassing (she did not). But that’s only because she wasn’t there. At this point there could be a Lindsay Lohan Awards with a Best Lindsay Lohan category and she wouldn’t even be invited to that.
Via Entrevue: A few days ago Serbia's Prime Minister Ivica Dačić was midway through a discussion about Balkan politics when a young female journalist, wearing a particularly short mini dress, uncrossed her legs to reveal she wasn't wearing any underwear. The Serbian Prime Minister stumbled over his words and couldn't resist giving a fleeting glance...
Via BBC News: Pope Benedict XVI is to resign at the end of this month in an unexpected development, saying he is too old to continue at the age of 85. He became Pope in 2005 following John Paul II's death. Resignations from the papacy are not unknown, but this is the first in the modern era, which has been marked by pontiffs dying while in office. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is quoted as saying he is "greatly shaken by this unexpected news". The BBC's Alan Johnston in Rome says the news has come "out of the blue", and that there was no speculation whatsoever about the move in recent days. A Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said that even the Pope's closest aides did not know what he was planning to do and were left "incredulous". He added that the decision showed "great courage" and "determination". The Vatican says it expects a new Pope to be elected before the end of March, ahead of Easter, the most important festival in the Christian calendar. The brother of the German-born Pope said the pontiff had been advised by his doctor not to take any more transatlantic trips and had been considering stepping down for months. Talking from his home in Regensburg in Germany, Georg Ratzinger said his brother was having increasing difficulty walking and that his resignation was part of a "natural process". He added: "His age is weighing on him. At this age my brother wants more rest". At 78, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was one of the oldest new popes in history when elected. He took the helm as one of the fiercest storms the Catholic Church has faced in decades - the scandal of child sex abuse by priests - was breaking. In a statement, the pontiff said: "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry". "I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering". "However, in today's world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to steer the boat of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognise my incapacity to adequately fulfil the ministry entrusted to me". "For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is". A German government spokesman said he was "moved and touched" by the surprise resignation of the pontiff. "The German government has the highest respect for the Holy Father, for what he has done, for his contributions over the course of his life to the Catholic Church". "He has left a very personal signature as a thinker at the head of the Church, and also as a shepherd". The circle is about to close. The Priesthood belongs to the Levitical Priests. The original Bible is the Septuagint - the Hebrew scriptures translated into Greek - and not what the Masoretes half a milennia later changed. The New Testament is a very important document as it gives witness to God being born as man, according to God's promise, and in the person of Jesus Christ. The New Testament is however incorrect on much and also very contradictory and will therefore never be regarded as anything else than an important comment to the Septuagint Bible and to the faith.