Monday, March 31, 2014

California Is Overdue For A Big Earthquake

Via Inquisitr:

A California earthquake prediction points to an event even more dire than the 5.1 quake that shook Los Angeles on Friday, with seismologists saying a devastating earthquake could be on the way.

There is in fact a 46 percent risk that the "big one" - 7.5 or above - hits in the next 30 years...

Report: Former Romney Backers Pushing Jeb Bush For 2016

Via Newsmax:

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is being encouraged to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in a low-key campaign effort by Mitt Romney's former financial and political backers, The Washington Post reports.

Bush is seen as someone who can best unite the party as a viable alternative to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has stumbled politically over the Bridge-gate affair.

Among those courting Bush are casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who hosted the son and brother of former presidents at a Las Vegas dinner for financial heavyweights where Bush was showered with encouragement to enter the race.

The "vast majority" of Romney's biggest contributors would reportedly support Bush, according to the Post.

Among Bush's selling points is that he is viewed favorably by the party's establishment, and just as importantly, by evangelicals who are an important force in GOP primaries.

He is known as someone who thinks seriously about public policy issues, and has the added advantage of being fluent in Spanish.

Analysts say that to win the presidency, the GOP will need to reach out to Hispanic voters. Moreover, Bush's wife Columba was born in Mexico.

The former governor, meanwhile, has been traveling the country — though not the early primary states — making speeches and campaigning for Republican candidates.

He would consider a run if he could do it "joyfully" and be an uplifting force, he said in January.

His veteran political counselor Sally Bradshaw describes him as "methodical", "thoughtful," and set to make a decision about the presidency by the end of 2014, the Post reported.

Bush has written a book advocating immigration reform, campaigned for common core education standards, embraced the traditional GOP foreign policy agenda, opposed Medicaid expansion, and has told audiences that the nation is experiencing a lack of economic mobility and a crisis of opportunity.

Bush's disadvantages as a candidate, analysts say, include his having been away from the political fray for seven years, leaving him out of practice in adeptly addressing issues that have divided the party.

"It'd be a little odd to nominate someone who was last in office in 2006, who hasn't been politically involved at all, in any significant way, in the Obama years", said Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol.

There is also the matter of "Bush fatigue" – rising above the presidential legacies of his father, George H.W. Bush, and brother, George W. Bush, when 48 percent of all Americans recently polled said they "definitely would not" vote for another Bush to be President, the Post reported.

Swedish Billionaire Looking For New Partner In Putin-Linked Oil Firm Gunvor Group

Via The Swedish Wire:

Torbjörn Törnqvist, the Swedish billionaire who took control of the world’s fourth-largest oil trader last week buying out his Russian co-founder, may soon look for a new partner, Bloomberg said. He says the ownership is too concentrated.

"The company would benefit from a somewhat more diversified shareholding structure", Tornqvist, 60,told the news bureau.

His first priority is attending to client concerns because last week’s deal "is obviously something that needs to be digested" by them.

A move by Torbjorn Tornqvist to sell shares in commodity trading company Gunvor Group -- linked by the U.S. government to Russian President Vladimir Putin -- would open doors to a new round of deal-making in global commodities trading, Bloomberg said.

The company, which was founded in 2000, is the fourth largest crude oil trader in the world after Glencore, Vitol, and Trafigura.

The company was co-founded and controlled by Gennady Timchenko together with Torbjörn Törnqvist; however, due to the United States sanctions Timchenko sold its stake in the company to Törnqvist.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

"Do It For Denmark" Ad Encourages Danes To Have More Sex

Via Do It For Denmark:

In a funny new advertisement, Spies Rejser encourages Danes to have more sex.

The solution to boost Denmark's birth rate is according to the company to travel, to see your partner in the light of a different city and get romantic.

The ad claims that Danes have 46% more sex on vacation and that 10% of all Danish children are conceived on getaways.

Spies Travels now announces a competition where you have to make a baby to win.

"Book your holiday with our ovulation discount. Get it on. And prove you conceived a child to win a three-year supply of baby stuff and a child friendly holiday", it says.

But if you've already had children or can't have children, don't despair, the company says.

"Just remember all the fun is in the participation".

First-Ever Excavation Of Nazi Death Camp Reveals Horrors

Via Disclose.tv:

The first-ever archaeological excavations at the Nazi death camp Treblinka have revealed new mass graves, as well as the first physical evidence that this camp held gas chambers, where thousands of Jews died.

"For me, that was quite shocking", said project leader Caroline Sturdy Colls, a forensic archaeologist who normally works with police to find modern murder victims.

"These artifacts are there, and these human remains are on the surface, and they're not being recorded or recovered".

Of all the atrocities of Hitler's Third Reich, Treblinka is one of the most mind-boggling.

Historians estimate that about 900.000 Jews were murdered at this concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland over a mere 16 months.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Emily Didonato Isn't Wearing Much

Via WWTDD:

If you’ve never dated an Italian girl from New York, I’d highly recommend it.

You’ve never really lived until you’ve had a girl crying while rabbit punching you and telling you she doesn’t trust you while ordering you to shut up so she can orgasm.

It’s an emotional roller coaster. Not necessarily the screaming fun kind where you get back in line the minute you get off.

More the one where you get stuck upside down in the top of the loop and they rush in with cranes to save you before too many more kids plummet fifty feet into the moorings.

I’d probably break my oath never to try that again for Emily Didonato. Her boobs seem pretty stable.

Study: Even A "Small" Nuclear War Would Destroy The World

Via Disclose.tv:

With an estimated 17.000 nuclear weapons in the world, we have the power to exterminate humanity many times over.

But it wouldn't take a full-scale nuclear war to make Earth uninhabitable, reports Live Science.

Even a relatively small regional nuclear war, like a conflict between India and Pakistan, could spark a global environmental catastrophe, says a new study.

"Most people would be surprised to know that even a very small regional nuclear war on the other side of the planet could disrupt global climate for at least a decade and wipe out the ozone layer for a decade", said lead author Michael Mills, an atmospheric scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado.

Researchers developed a computer model of the Earth's atmosphere and ran simulations to find out what would happen if there was a nuclear war with just a fraction of the world's arsenal.

What they saw was the stuff of nightmares:

Firestorms would belch over 5 million tons of ash into the sky.

The ash would absorb the sun's rays, causing deadly cooling on the surface.

Global temperatures would plummet my nearly 3 degrees Farenheit on average, with most of North America experiencing winters that would be colder by 4 to 10 degrees.

Lethal frosts would cover the Earth and reduce the growing seasons bu about a month for several years.

Rainfall and other precipitation would be reduced by about 10 percent, triggering worldwide droughts and leading to wildfires in the Amazon, which would spew more smoke into the atmosphere.

The sky ash would heat the stratosphere and accelerate the chemical reactions that destroy the ozone layer.

The intense ultraviolet radiation that would get through to the surface would be a dramatic threat to human health and damage fragile ecosystems on land and sea.

"All in all, these effects would be very detrimental to food production and to ecosystems", Mills said.

The findings are published in the journal Earth's Future.

Friday, March 28, 2014

"I killed Sweden's Most Famous Celebrity"

Via The Local:

After a 40-centimeter dead rat went all kinds of viral, The Local speaks again to the man behind the catch about fame, ruining a career in Hollywood, and getting accused of animal cruelty.

"The most tragic thing about all this is that I've killed the most famous personality in Sweden", Erik Korsås told The Local on Friday afternoon.

"I feel really awful; this thing could have been a Swedish superstar. It could have had a career in Hollywood".

Trademark humour from the 48-year-old, and it has helped his story about a 40-centimeter dead rat spread across the entire world.

Indeed, ever since The Local was the first to publish the story in English on Wednesday morning, the phones haven't stopped ringing.

The BBC, the Daily Mail, Fox News and many more... all wanting to know more about the Rat from Hell, which is now also known as the Viking Rat, Ratzilla, and the Putin Rat.

In fact, one BBC reported told us that their version of the story had over one million readers.

More often than not, reporters let their imagination run wild, with one Australian paper trumpeting in its headline that a "Monster rat measuring a meter long" was terrifying the Swedish family.

"I don't know where they got one metre from... I guess things just get bigger as they travel", Korsås said with a hearty laugh.

The 48-year-old himself hasn't got off the phone either, with requests from Chinese newspapers and German TV stations to deal with this afternoon alone.

"It's a bit hard to understand really, there are so many things happening in the world and people want to read about giant rats".

But it's not all good news. Some people have accused the Swede of photoshopping the picture while others claim the Solna resident is guilty of animal cruelty after he posed for a picture with the deceased Ratzilla.

"I'm not a cruel person and that was never my intention. It's typical that people look for different angles on these kinds of things".

And as the weekend approaches, Korsås admitted that he was ready for a rat-free rest.

"And let me tell you, if we should get another rat, I wouldn't tell anyone about it. This is good enough".

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Kardashians Are Pissed About This Stupid Sex Tape Spoof

Via WWTDD:

Joan Rivers enlisted Ray J’s help to make a spoof of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, because it’s not like he has anything better to do than to continue sucking the dust out of the corpse of the one thing that made him famous seven years ago.

But even though it was that sex tape that made the Kardashians stars in the first place, TMZ thinks that all of them are still furious whenever people bring it up, and that’s why Khloe Kardashian backed out on a guest host gig on Joan’s show Fashion Police at the last second.

Khloe must have only agreed to do it because it’s an E! show, because Joan has always loved being a bitch to the Kardashians, so this isn’t anything new.

But she also probably agreed to do it because it’s on TV, and these girls would hump a pack of donkeys in the center of Tijuana if it meant five more minutes of fame.

Welcome To Sweden Gets U.S. Premiere Date

Via The Local:

NBC has announced dates for the U.S. premiere of Welcome to Sweden, a romantic comedy about an American's move to Stockholm.

The second episode, meanwhile, will hit Swedish screens on Friday with a cameo from a Hollywood giant.

Welcome to Sweden will premiere in the US on Thursday July 10th at 9pm, as part of NBC's comedy summer line-up.

The news was well-received by Poehler himself, the younger brother of Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler.

"Obviously it's a dream come true to be on NBC", he told The Local.

"But more than anything, it's further validation that we made a show that people like and are responding to - both in Sweden and the U.S."

The former lawyer told The Local in an interview in December that having the show broadcast in the U.S. could only be a positive sign for Sweden and Swedes in general.

"I think the world is ready to laugh with Sweden", he said.

"I'm hesitant to say I want the world to laugh at Sweden... Sweden is coming out pretty well in this".

"The show is like a postcard of Stockholm at its best. The weather is incredible, the sun is always shining... Sweden has this darker reputation with all the Bergman films... perhaps it's deserved, I'm not sure. But my plan for season two is to have an all­-winter, all-dark season to show the other side of it all".

The first episode of the show was released to popular acclaim in Sweden at 9.30pm on TV4 with 1.7 million viewers.

The second episode (trailer below) will feature a cameo from U.S. mega star Will Ferrell.

The show also features Swedish stars Josephine Bornebusch, Lena Olin, and Claes Månsson.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lady Gaga Is Music

Via WWTDD:

With every new song release from her ARTPOP album, Lady Gaga dons the dental hygienist face guard as the natural reaction of casual radio listeners will be to want to shit in her eyes.

Her latest release is entitled G.U.Y. and I have no fucking clue what it’s about.

I’m going to guess something drawn from the life of a wealthy but misunderstood singing marmoset like creature.

Her opus eleven minute long music video is creating waves because she spent a boatload of money shooting at Hearst Castle, which meant bussing 500 gay backup dancers to the Central California shore location.

I imagine that trip got rowdy.

In the video, Lady Gaga is a naked bird that gets shot by an arrow then gets taken to a palace where a bunch of Bravo! TV personalities distract her so her unbound sexual potency won’t turn all the gay dudes hetero.

Though many of the shnozz bangers still try to mount her. You were born that way, she was born this way, she can’t lower her raw animal sexuality to a simmer.

There’s some more dry humping and simulated masturbation and auto-tuned singing about things that I’m sure make sense to girls who haven’t been out since the first Bush was President.

All in all, I give it two thumbs up. The same thumbs I’m going to use to spread my cheeks and shit in her eyes when she finally ditches that mask.

Sweden Leads EU In Asylum-Seeker Approvals

Via The Local:

Sweden gave protection to 53 percent of people claiming asylum in the country last year, significantly higher than the EU average of 34 percent and the highest per capita of all the EU28 countries, figures released on Monday show.

The country approved 24.015 asylum applications in 2013 and rejected 20.990, according to figures from the EU’s Eurostat agency.

A total of 6.750 people were given refugee status, 16.145 were given subsidiary protection and 1.120 were allowed to stay for humanitarian reasons.

Syrians, stateless persons, and Eritreans made up the highest numbers of asylum-seekers in Sweden, while the broader European picture showed that the largest groups came from Syria, Russia, and Afghanistan.

Across Europe, the number of people seeking asylum jumped from 335.000 in 2012 to 435.000 last year.

Fifty thousand of these came from Syria, although the EU’s 28 countries took just a fraction of the 2.5 million registered refugees fleeing the country’s three-year conflict.

The new figures show that Sweden received 13 percent of the EU’s total asylum applications, behind Germany at the top of the charts with 29 percent and France with 15 percent, and ahead of the UK and Italy on seven and six percent respectively.

Sweden was the country which accepted the most asylum-seekers across Europe in per capita terms, with 5.680 per million population far above the EU28 average of 860 asylum applicants per million inhabitants.

Other high scoring smaller EU countries included Malta, which took (5.300), Austria (2.100), Luxembourg (2.000).

Sunday, March 23, 2014

First Kiss

Twenty strangers were asked to kiss for the first time...

January Jones Wants To Have Sex With Rihanna

Via WWTDD:

Meh. It’s one of those stupid questions that used to be provocative, now every girl in Hollywood has a prepared answer for it.

Which other girl would you like to sleep with?

Everybody used to say Mila Kunis because they could earnestly say how pretty she is, how talented, and how sweet she seems.

But now that she’s Eskimo Sisters with Lindsay Lohan, everybody needs a new fake lipstick lesbian partner.

In an interview with Violet Grey magazine, January Jones chose Rihanna.

"I try to take risks and shock people a little bit. It’s important to provoke some sort of emotion, negative or positive".

By which she means, if I mention a controversial pot smoking black woman, do you promise not to ask me if Claudia Schiffer’s husband is my baby daddy anymore?

12 More Famous Names Revealed From Lindsay Lohan's Alleged Sex List

Via WWTDD:

This is like waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Or the call from your doctor with your lab results.

InTouch magazine is slowly leaking out more names from the Lindsay Lohan sex partner list they purchased last month, trying to get as many bucks from their Lindsay bang list as possible.

New names include Benicio Del Toro, Orlando Bloom, Ashton Kutcher, and a whole bunch of male models and wealthy family scions who have in common cocaine and penetrating Lindsay, in that particular order.

Her famous list is now pushing past B-list and into the space where you need to explain who these people are.

The remaining names are set to come out in just one more edition of InTouch, as the dying print magazine business tries to save itself through raunchy gutter trafficking.

Anticipated last round of names include that cute guy nobody remembers from that CW show in 2007, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, and the dude at the 7-Eleven who knows how Lindsay likes her vodka packed in water bottles.

Thought it’s unclear whether those last two names on her list refer to the same person.

Cleared Serial Killer To Claim Damages

Via The Local:

Sture Bergwall, who was freed this week after over 20 years locked up as Sweden's most prolific serial killer, said on Friday that his lawyer was preparing a claim for damages.

"What happened was lamentable, we're talking about murder verdicts in eight cases, something that should not happen", he told AFP in an email interview, two days after his release, adding that his lawyer had started to work on a claim for damages.

"The Swedish judiciary has been naive ... It's very frightening that I could have been convicted -- and of course it raises the question of how many more innocent people have been convicted".

Sture Bergwall, 64 -- who used the alias Thomas Quick during the 1990s when he confessed to cannibalism and more than 30 murders -- was convicted to life imprisonment for eight of them and held at a psychiatric ward in Säter in north central Sweden since 1991.

He was later cleared of all the murders due to lack of evidence, amid revelations that he had been heavily medicated at the time of the confessions and had made them in return for more drugs and in order to seek attention.

As a free man he said he would spend his time walking in the countryside and writing a new book -- a follow up to his 2009 book "Thomas Quick is Dead", a phrase he has often used to describe the point where he dropped the pretence of being a psychotic killer.

That point came in 2008 in a Swedish TV documentary in which he withdrew his confessions.

By then he had earned an international reputation as Sweden's Hannibal Lecter.

"As Thomas Quick the comparison is maybe true but Thomas Quick is dead and there ends all similarities", he told AFP.

The court ruling that freed Bergwall said he still suffered from the same "personality disorder" and needs psychiatric treatment as an outpatient, which he contests.

"The chief medical officer and the whole forensic psychiatry unit is fighting for its reputation. They could hold me locked up year after year and now they don't hesitate to keep to a false diagnosis that others have completely rejected", he wrote.

"It's shameful and a part of this legal and healthcare scandal".

But some analysts suggest that a claim for damages may be far from straightforward given that Bergwall contributed to putting himself behind bars by confessing to crimes he did not commit.

His convictions have been dubbed Sweden's greatest miscarriage of justice in recent times because of the swiftness with which he was found guilty of the eight murders, which occurred between 1976 and 1988.

A number of high-ranking opposition politicians and legal experts have called for an independent commission to examine how Swedish courts could have convicted him despite the lack of evidence.

Justice Minister Beatrice Ask announced an inquiry in 2013.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Helps Volvo Return To Profit

Via The Swedish Wire:

Reuters said Geely-owned carmaker Volvo Car Group returned to a solid profit in 2013 as firming sales, above all in China, and a firm lid on costs helped it overcome a weak start to last year and turn its back on a dismal 2012.

"This strong turnaround from the first half of 2013 is further tangible proof of Volvo Car Group's progress in implementing its transformation plan", the company said.

Volvo Cars has had a strong start of this year in Sweden, with four models on the top-ten list of best -selling cars, the company said in a February sales update.

For February, retail sales were up 8.6 per cent to 4,148 cars, boosted by the "Made by Sweden" campaign.

Sales of the XC carlines have grown by more than 50 per cent since the advertising campaign starring Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the footballer, started running, it said.

The Gothenburg-based company said 2013 operating earnings rose to 1.92 billion Swedish crowns ($301.9 million) from 66 million in 2012, a year in which one-off gains from the sale of technology to its parent helped keep the carmaker in the black.

Friday, March 21, 2014

China, India Back President Putin In Crimean Reunification With Russia

Via The Voice Of Russia:

Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the support China showed during the UN Security Council meeting as the council sought to declare the Crimean referendum illegal.

"We are grateful to all those who understood our actions in Crimea", Putin said.

"We are grateful to the people of China, whose leadership sees the situation in Crimea in all its historical and political integrity. We highly appreciate India’s restraint and objectivity".

There are indeed a vast number of nations that are "supportive" of Russia's actions.

Rape, Pillage & Plunder: The USA Is Going Under – Steve Quayle On The Crimea Crisis And How It Affects Us

Via Before It's News:

Steve Quayle breaks down the crisis in the Crimea and Ukraine and quickly points out that the USA has lost all respect around the world.

With American leadership being so completely exposed as inept and the legitimate Ukrainian government being replaced by a banker, the crisis in the Ukraine will affect every American as the timeline to the U.S. dollar becoming totally irrelevant speeds up due to this manufactured crisis.

Swedish Store "Sorry" For Dousing Beggar

Via The Local:

A Swedish supermarket has issued an apology to a woman who was asking for money outside one of its stores, after a passerby reported that the woman was doused with water by the window-cleaning store manager.

A Swedish passer-by witnessed the event and quickly wrote about his shock and outrage on social media. The post soon made the rounds online.

The supermarket chain Hemköp on Friday said it had apologized in person to the woman in question.

"Hemköp in all ways wants to express regret that Vanessa Ileva was doused with water in connection to the store manager at Stigbergstorget washing the windows without paying due attention", a statement read.

Head of communications for the entire chain, which has 180 stores across Sweden, told The Local she made sure to have a translator with her so that she and Ileva would be able to communicate as well as possible.

"She was very grateful that I was there and that we apologized, but I also wanted to hear how she had experienced the event", Maria Nobel told The Local on Friday.

Ileva, 28, who worked in Spain before travelling to Sweden, yelped and started crying after the dousing, drawing attention from nearby florist Lillian Pekkari who walked over to comfort her. But the store manager showed up again, Pekkari told the Metro newspaper.

"He came out again with a new bucket of water that he threw at the next window pane just as aggressively", she said.

When news broke of the dousing last week, several hundred people assembled outside the Hemköp store demanding an answer. The store manager was threatened and has since gone on sick leave, Sveriges Radio reported.

Spokeswoman Maria Nobel declined to comment on how the furore had affected the store staff.

"It's of course been stressful, but out of respect for them I don't want to comment further", she said.

The story hit a raw nerve with Swedes, many of whom have mixed feelings about the surge of people asking for money on street corners.

Nobel added no further explanation to the conclusion of the internal review that the store manager had not shown "due consideration", but she said that Hemköp understood why the incident had sparked such attention.

"Maybe because it's a hot topic. We understand fully why it caused such commotion", she said. "It was serious what happened and we take it seriously".

Also on Friday, the Metro newspaper reported that an Instagram account had been set up to photograph and register beggars in Stockholm, with the aim to highlight what "politicians don't give a s*** about". And on Thursday, the Expressen newspaper also reported that a small Ica store in Fornåsa had put up a sign discouraging its shoppers to give money.

"Please! Don't give the beggars anything", the post read.

Local resident Sanna Käck at first didn't believe the news and headed off to the store to check that the reporter hadn't been fooled by a photo montage. Surely a company wouldn't tell its customers what to do, she thought.

"I couldn't believe it when I saw it (the sign) with my own eyes", Käck reported back to Expressen.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ukraine Abandons Its Military Bases In Crimea

Via RT:

Ukraine is preparing to pull its remaining military personnel and their families from the breakaway region of Crimea, effectively conceding defeat after Russia said it would annex the strategic peninsula.

The Russian flag was raised in the Ukrainian naval headquarters in Crimea's Sevastopol port after a tense but peaceful takeover.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry has published a reciprocal sanctions list of U.S. citizens, consisting of 10 names, including: House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, Senator J. McCain; and advisers to President Obama D. Pfeiffer and C. Atkinson.

The move comes in response to U.S. sanctions imposed against Russian officials after the March-16 referendum in Crimea, which Washington considered "illegitimate".

The Ministry reiterates that Russia has "repeatedly" stressed using sanctions is a "double-edged thing" and it will have a "boomerang" effect against the U.S. itself.

Mick Jagger Statement On L'Wren Scott's Death

Via Rolling Stone:

Scott met Jagger at a photo shoot in 2001 after she had established herself as an in-demand stylist, working for the likes of Madonna, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

Six years later, they moved in together in a house in London, though their respective schedules often kept them apart.

They were together for 10 years. He's crushed.

Katie And Steph Modeling TeenyB Bikinis

Via Theo Spark:

Join Katie Juergens and Steph Petrey along in their journey in sunny Florida as they model brazilian cut bikinis in the newest colors and prints from TeenyB Bikini Couture's Spring 2014 collection.

Miley’s Basically Fingering Herself For Fans Now

Via WWTDD:

Hey everyone, look at Miley Cyrus being nonchalant and edgy again!

She wants everyone to see this bruise on her ass, but people are going to lose their shit, y’all, when they realize that her finger is touching her cooch.

"Haha, good job on touchin’ yer honey pot", Billy Ray probably told her as he took the picture and saved it to his special file, while Trish and the rest of the Cyrus clan covered their eyeballs with stacks of cash and pretended like none of this was happening.

Maybe next week Miley can post a video of her pointing to a mosquito bite that’s been bothering her, and only the really perceptive fans will be able to tell that she has her other fist completely inside of herself.

Ikea Founder Moves Back To Sweden After 40 Years

Via The Local:

Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of Ikea, has moved back home to Sweden after four decades abroad. The elderly Swede plans to spend his days with family, but also to keep working.

A little known fact about Ikea and Kamprad's hometown is that the word Ikea is an acronym for Ingvar Kamprad Elmtaryd Agunnaryd, the later two words referring to the farm on which Kamprad was raised and the name of his hometown in southern Sweden.

Kamprad, 87, left Sweden in 1973 for Denmark. Three years later, he moved to Switzerland where he has lived ever since.

Now the brains behind the furniture mammoth has come home, reported the Smålandsposten newspaper, a move he has planned since at least mid-last year when he announced his intentions and assured that they were not tax-related.

"Ingvar wants to be closer to his family and friends in Älmhult", the family's spokesman Per Heggenes told the paper on Thursday. "Above all, he has a special interest in Ikea's product development, work that is carried out in Älmhult".

Heggenes added that since Kamprad's wife died in 2011, there was less and less reason for him to stay in Switzerland. Heart and back problems for the 87-year-old have prevented an earlier move, Heggenes told the paper.

Retirement is nowhere in sight for Kamprad, with the Swede planning to carry on as long as there is work to do.

"He'll always do it. I'm convinced about that", Heggenes told the paper.

Kamprad was long ranked among the richest people in the world, with Forbes reporting that he was the 11th richest in 2010. This year, he ranked 367th with an estimated fortune of $4.1 billion.

Kamprad announced in June that he was stepping down as chairman and handing over the reins to his son Matthias.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Evidence Of Young Universe's Growth Spurt Is Discovered

Via Los Angeles Times:

Researchers focusing on gravitational waves find the first direct evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation, a faster-than-light expansion just after the big bang.

Scientists staring at the faint afterglow from the universe's birth 13.8 billion years ago have discovered the first direct evidence for the theory of cosmic inflation — the mysterious and violent expansion after the big bang.

The findings, made using radio telescopes at the South Pole, support the idea that our known cosmos make up just a tiny fragment in a much larger, unknown frontier that extends far beyond the reaches of light.

During this period of inflation, which happened just a fraction of a second after the big bang, the universe ballooned from smaller than an atom to 100 trillion trillion times its original size, at a rate faster than the speed of light.

The Duke Porn Star Was On The View

Via WWTDD:

The Duke porn star known as Belle Knox, whose secret career was outed by a really unimaginative frat boy at her school, appeared on The View yesterday to talk about why, among other things, she got into porn in the first place.

Much to the surprise of people who think that all female porn stars were molested and abandoned as children, Belle Knox is just yet another girl who really likes having sex, and when she realized that she could pay for a great college education by taking a few shots to the throat on the side, she took advantage of it.

Honestly, the only drawback of this whole thing, aside from anonymous internet people calling her a whore, which is basically a badge of honor these days, is that she had to listen to Jenny McCarthy talk.

Nobody should have to suffer that kind of unimaginable and unfair horror.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: Is There A Bermuda Triangle Connection?

Via Disclose.tv:

As officials from several countries, and dozens of planes and boats, scour the South China Sea and the Bay of Bengal for the mysteriously missing China-bound Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 with 239 people aboard, some people are wondering if there might be some connection to the Bermuda Triangle.

Monday, March 17, 2014

L'Wren Scott Dead - Designer Found Hanging In Apparent Suicide

Via Just Jared:

L’Wren Scott was found dead, hanging in her apartment, on Monday morning (March 17), according to the New York Daily News.

The 49-year-old fashion designer was found by her assistant at around 10am this morning in New York City, the police said.

The police do not suspect foul play, but the Medical Examiner’s Office will determine a cause of death.

L’Wren, who started her career as a model and then a very influential celebrity stylist, has been in a long-term relationship with rocker Mick Jagger since 2001.

We send out our thoughts and condolences to all of L’Wren‘s loved ones during this incredibly difficult time.

Scientists Warn That Huge Asteroid Could Strike Earth On March 21st

Via Disclose.tv:

Scientists were today warning of a possible asteroid collision with the Earth.

An asteroid around two-thirds of a mile wide (1.2km) could hit the earth on March 21, 2014 and has been classified as "an event meriting careful monitoring" by astronomers.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Starting Today, Jealous Lovers Can Buy NSA-Like Monitoring Powers

Via Forbes:

Imagine this happy occasion. On his girlfriend’s birthday a man announces he has a special gift.

She unwraps the box to find a sleek new Android phone. She throws her arms around him and lands a warm kiss for his kindness.

Unbeknownst to the woman however, from that moment on the phone records everything that happens on the device and sends the details to a remote website.

Every call is recorded, every keystroke logged, every email seen, every SMS chat or photograph monitored.

Whenever the boyfriend wants, he logs online and reviews the trove of information.

This is not some dystopian nightmare.

It’s possible right now using commercially available software from mSpy, which cheerily advises potential buyers: "And they won’t find out".

Starting today, the company is also selling phones preloaded with the software, making it simple for users without any tech savvy to start surveillance right out of the box.

The phone package is available with the HTC One, Nexus 5, Samsung Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s, at varying cost; for example, the Samsung Galaxy S4 costs $300; the subscription for the preloaded software costs another $199 for a year.

I tried a test version of the iPhone. Although it took some time for some of the data to arrive to the website, it had uncannily accurate location data, and was able to pinpoint my movements to exact buildings on a university campus.

Kelly Brook "Audition"

Via American Power:

Kelly launches her new perfume 'Audition' the sexy, timeless scent from Kelly Brook.

Spritzing the new scent seductively on her décolletage, the 34-year-old can be seen looking into a mirror surrounded by lights while dressed in a racy white bodice and matching robe.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Michelle Lewin Has One Swell Behind

Via WWTDD:

I feel like this Venezuelan fitness instructor would make a good wife.

Especially if you were wagoning out to settle the West.

She’s strong and firm and has a solid breeding ass.

I don’t know what a breeding ass is really, but I’d have to believe that hers falls into the solid category.

That might seem objectifying, but I think it’s truly a compliment for a woman working out her ass in a public space in tight shorts with lots of grunts.

She’s also from South America, so if she went missing after an unwitnessed cougar attack, there probably wouldn’t be an investigation.

I’m not saying she would go missing, I’m just saying I’d subtly bring that kind of thing up when she was yelling at me for being lazy and soft.

Google Wants E-Mail Scanning Information Blocked

Via Bloomberg:

Google, the world’s largest Internet-search provider, is seeking to black out portions of a transcript from a public court hearing that includes information on how it mines data from personal e-mails.

Google, fighting a lawsuit claiming its interception of e-mails amounts to illegal wiretapping, asked U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh in a filing yesterday to redact "confidential" information from the transcript, without being more specific.

Friday, March 14, 2014

"Love Hormone" May Treat Anorexia

Via Disclose.tv:

A hormone released during childbirth and sex could be used as a treatment for the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, scientists suggest.

Small studies by UK and Korean scientists indicated patients were less likely to fixate on food and body image after a dose of oxytocin.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Very Cool Way To Separate Egg Yolk

Via Theo Spark:

Reuse plastic bottle to separate egg white from yolk, faster, easier, and cleaner.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Don Ho’s Daughter Working For The Water People

Via WWTDD:

Leaving no rock unturned, the foreign pod people supervising the extinction of the human race by way of their fruity packaged water got Don Ho’s daughter in her underwear at the beach.

It’s a sign of something particularly heinous.

Or it’s possible Kea Ho was just drunk and accidentally walked onto the photo set.

It’s not easy being Do Ho’s daughter.

First, you have to remind everybody who the hell Don Ho is.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Swedish Radio Reporter Shot Dead In Kabul

Via The Local:

Swedish reporter Nils Horner was killed in Kabul on Tuesday.

The journalist was reportedly shot in the back of the head while carrying out street interviews.

Reports came through early on Tuesday that a foreign national had been killed in the Afghan capital near a restaurant where 21 people, including 13 foreigners, were murdered in January.

Horner was reportedly a dual national of Sweden and the UK.

"This is one of the worst days in the history of Sveriges Radio", said SR's CEO Cilla Benkö.

"Nils was one of our absolute best and most experienced correspondents and what has happened to him today is horrible. We're doing our best to gather all the details".

A doctor at Kabul's emergency hospital said Horner was dead on arrival.

Horner's last story was broadcast on Monday, in which his signature gravelly voice informed radio listeners about Afghan women's fears about the resurgent influence of the Taliban.

Monday, March 10, 2014

3 Signs Mark Zuckerberg Is Crazy

Via msn:

There is a fine line between genius and insanity.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of social network superstar Facebook (FB +3.14%), is dangerously flirting with the latter.

I suppose you don't get to be one of richest men on the planet without being a little bit wacko.

Now, the psychological profile of Zuckerberg has gotten a bit more complicated with the over-the-top acquisition of message firm WhatsApp for $19 billion. With a "B".

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Did That Just Happen? How Your Brain Alters Mental Timelines

Via Disclose.tv:

It sounds like a scene from a detective novel: The witness sees a body falling from the window, and then hears a loud noise that sounds like the body hitting the ground.

But what if the noise actually came before the fall?

Navigating through our memories of past events seems to be easy task, but we don't always get it right.

We might remember things that didn't happen, and we can also get the time wrong.

We may remember incidents as happening closer together or farther apart than they actually did, or even completely mess up the order of events.

Emotional Discussion With Miles O'Brien After Loss Of His Arm

Via American Power:

Miles O'Brien has traveled the world for the NewsHour, including for a series of reports from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

After finishing his reporting there, an injury during another stop in the Philippines became life-threatening and Miles' left arm was amputated.

He joins Judy Woodruff to talk about what happened.

Victoria Silvstedt Is Ready To Feed

Via WWTDD:

Looks like Victoria Silvstedt finally got her commercial vending license to legally trade on the beach in Miami.

Victoria finds rich men on the beach like a senior with a metal detector finds lost crappy time pieces.

She has one petite billionaire now, but those pussy-purchasing older hobbits tend not to last too long before jealous kid legal wrangling causes them to cut off your Diner’s Club card.

Victoria’s tits fire off a resounding claxon blare as she approaches men in her net worth target range.

It’s a really neat trick, especially around the holidays.

Malaysia Launches Terror Probe Over Vanished Plane

Via France 24:

Malaysia launched a terror probe on Sunday into the disappearance of a passenger jet, investigating passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones.

The United States sent the FBI to investigate after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, carrying 239 people, vanished from the radar early Saturday somewhere at sea between Malaysia and Vietnam, but stressed there was no evidence of terrorism yet.

Malaysian authorities also expanded their search for wreckage to the country's west coast, asking neighboring Indonesia for help.

Searches so far had concentrated on waters to the country's east, in the South China Sea.

A total of 40 ships and 22 aircraft from an array of countries including China and the U.S. are now involved in the hunt across the two areas, officials said.

"There is a distinct possibility the airplane did a turn-back, deviating from the course", said Malaysia's air force chief, General Rodzali Daud, citing radar data.

But Malaysia Airlines (MAS) chief executive Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said the Boeing 777's systems would have set off alarm bells.

"When there is an air turn-back the pilot would be unable to proceed as planned", he said, adding authorities were "quite puzzled" over the situation.

Flight MH370 had relayed no distress signal, indications of rough weather, or other signs of trouble. Both Malaysia's national carrier and the Boeing 777-200 model used on the route are known for their solid safety records.

After it emerged that two people boarded the flight with stolen European passports, Malaysia's transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said he was looking at four suspect passengers in all.

He declined to offer details, saying authorities were examining "the entire manifest", but confirmed the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was dispatching personnel to Malaysia.

"At the same time our own intelligence has been activated, and of course, the counter-terrorism units... from all the relevant countries have been informed", Hishammuddin said, refusing also to rule out the possibility of a hijack.

A Malaysian civil aviation official said authorities still so far believe only two passengers had used stolen passports and were examining CCTV footage of them.

Two European names -- reported as Christian Kozel, an Austrian, and Luigi Maraldi of Italy -- were listed on the passenger manifest but neither man boarded the plane, officials said.

Both had their passports stolen in Thailand over the past two years.

The disclosure came after it emerged that two people boarded the missing flight, MH370 from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with stolen European passports.

The flight, which went missing about an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur, bound for Beijing, carried 227 passengers and 12 crew members.

If the worst is confirmed, it would be just the second fatal crash in the nearly 20-year history of the popular Boeing plane.

A 777-200 operated by South Korea's Asiana Airlines skidded off the runway after hitting a sea wall in San Francisco last year, killing three people.

1500m Women Final - Abeba Aregawi Wins Gold - Sopot 2014

Via The Local:

Ethiopian-born Swede Abeba Aregawi won women's 1500m gold at the World Indoor Athletics Championships at Sopot on Saturday but her win was overshadowed as she asked for privacy following media reports about her marriage.

Aregawi, 23, who moved to Sweden in 2009 and took Swedish citizenship in June 2012 but was not cleared to run by the IAAF until December of that year, clocked 4min 00.61sec.

Ethiopian Axumawit Embaye took silver in 4:07.12, with Canada's Nicole Sifuentes claiming bronze (4:07.61) after initial third-place finisher Rababe Arafi of Morocco was disqualified for stepping inside the kerb.

Aregawi was a the strong favorite going into the race in Poland and won by a comfortable margin of 6.51 seconds ahead of Sifuentes.

The athlete's preparations for the race meeting in Sopot was overshadowed by media stories about her personal life regarding her marriage.

Swedish daily Expressen reported that Aregawi has been divorced from her husband Henok Weldegebriel since May 17th 2013.

The couple had launched a firm defense of their relationship last year denying that it was a sham in order to secure citizenship.

"I don't know where these rumors come from. People are trying to make her feel bad. We have been married since 2008 and nobody paid to bring her to Sweden", husband Henok Weldegebriel said in an extensive interview with Dagens Nyheter in September 2013.

However, the report by Expressen revealed a document from the Swedish Tax Office (Skatteverket) that Aregawi's marital status was listed as divorced and had been so since May 17th last year.

Aregawi maintained to Aftonbladet, following the article in Expressen, that she and Henok are still married.

After her win Aregawi was quizzed by journalists if the media reports had affected her preparations.

"I don't want to talk about my private life here even though there was some talk. My focus was on my work and on my results so I don't really care to discuss my private life", Aregawi said via an interpreter.

Aregawi is regarded as one of the world's best runners in her field and won a gold medal at the Moscow World Championships in 2013.

Her won on that occasion was also overshadowed as he refused to take part in the rainbow protest due to her religious beliefs.

She became a Swedish citizen in 2012 and is currently studying the language. Aregawi told Dagens Nyheter in September 2013 that she was keen to set the record straight after she was criticized for not participating in the rainbow protest.

"I respect all people and that all of us are equal. Sweden is a free country where everyone has the right to do what they want", she said.

Abeba Aregawi is the best!

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Piers Morgan Interviews Porn Actress And Duke Student "Belle Knox"

Via American Power:

Piers Morgan talks to porn actress and Duke student "Belle Knox" about her career, empowerment, and society's scorn.

The Duke University student and porn star known as Belle Knox opened up in a candid interview with Piers Morgan Thursday night, saying she has no regrets about getting to porn and telling him proudly, "I’m not being exploited, I love what I’m doing, and I’m safe".

3D-Printed "Electronic Glove" Could Help Keep Your Heart Beating For Ever

Via Disclose.tv:

Scientists have created a revolutionary new electronic membrane that could replace pacemakers, fitting over a heart to keep it beating regularly over an indefinite period of time.

The device uses a "spider-web-like network of sensors and electrodes” to continuously monitor the heart’s electrical activity and could, in the future, deliver electrical shocks to maintain a healthy heart-rate.

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Washington University in St. Louis used computer modelling technology and a 3D-printer to create a prototype membrane and fit it to a rabbit’s heart, keeping the organ operating perfectly “outside of the body in a nutrient and oxygen-rich solution".

The use of high-resolution imaging technology means that unlike current pacemaker and implantable defibrillator technology, the thin, elastic membrane will be custom-made to fit "snugly" over the real heart.

"When it senses such a catastrophic event as a heart attack or arrhythmia, it can also apply a high definition therapy", said biomedical engineer Igor Efimov of Washington University, who helped design and test the device.

"It can apply stimuli, electrical stimuli, from different locations on the device in an optimal fashion to stop this arrhythmia and prevent sudden cardiac death", Efimov told local radio station KWMU-1.

Alleged Bitcoin Founder Denies Founding Bitcoin

Via KFI:

Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto has denied he is the creator of bitcoin.

Newsweek published a 4.500-word cover story claiming Nakamoto is the person who wrote the computer code underpinnings of bitcoin, but in an exclusive two-hour interview with The Associated Press.

But Nakamoto denied he had anything to do with the digital currency.

Nakamoto, 64, said he had never heard of bitcoin until his son told him he had been contacted by a Newsweek reporter three weeks ago.

He acknowledged that many of the details in Newsweek's report are correct, including that he once worked for a defense contractor, and that his given name at birth was Satoshi.

But he strongly disputed the magazine's assertion that he is "the face behind bitcoin".

"I got nothing to do with it", he said, repeatedly.

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Katy Perry Got Too Much Miley Tongue

Via WWTDD:

Katy Perry knows this cheeky sexualized pop star act is just a bit.

Miley Cyrus believes she’s the tip of the spear of a female sexual revolution like every teen girl does when she moves out of her parents house and starts to get laid.

Katy Perry says when she moved in for the staged peck with Miley in concert, the rabid platypus started shoving her tongue down Katy’s throat like she was her biker lady on a conjugal.

Katy pulled away in bacteriological horror:

"God knows where that tongue has been. We don’t know, that tongue is so infamous".

Excellent point, Katy.

Though we’re pretty sure it hasn’t been enveloping the dick of one of the most prodigious pussy slayers in Hollywood like yours has.

So quit being such a priss and accept Miley’s tongue down your throat and her finger up your twat if she’s choosing to bless you today with feeling like a real woman.

You’re her bitch now. That’s Tennessee law. The next time, she won’t be asking for your opinion.

Asteroid Came Close Today And Missed, But There's Another One Tonight...

Via Disclose.tv:

This afternoon asteroid 2014 DX110 zoomed by the Earth at a distance closer than the moon.

NASA said: As happens about 20 times a year with current detection capabilities, a known asteroid will safely pass Earth Wednesday closer than the distance from Earth to the moon.

About 20 million space rocks the size of the Chelyabinsk one may be zipping around the solar system, instead of 3 million, NASA scientist Paul Chodas said at a news conference.

There's nowhere for us to go just yet, so perhaps we should take more seriously the efforts to guard our rock in space.

Shocking Find! We Are In The Second Exodus!

Via Before It's News:

Biblical Discovery: Sonar imaging reveals natural phenomena created by God Himself. Subsequently, before the prophets wrote it on paper, God wrote it in the earth!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. ~ James 1:17

For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. ~ Malachi 3:6

Then Moses answered and said, "But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, 'The Lord has not appeared to you' ".

So the Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand?"

He said, "A rod".

And He said, "Cast it on the ground". So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it.

Then the Lord said to Moses, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail" (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand),

"that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you".

Sweden 3rd Best In Rule Of Law Index

Via The Swedish Wire:

Sweden is the third best country in the world in overall rule of law performance, according to the World Justice Project’s WJP Rule of Law Index 2014.

Denmark came in at number one.

"Effective rule of law helps reduce corruption, alleviate poverty, improve public health and education, and protect people from injustices and dangers large and small", said William H. Neukom, WJP Founder and CEO.

"Wherever we come from, the rule of law can always be strengthened".

According to the report, "Sweden is ranked in the 3rd position worldwide and places in the top 5 in six dimensions and in the top 10 in the other two, with a performance similar to that of last year. Government accountability is strong (ranking 3rd overall), corruption is minimal (ranking 4th overall), and fundamental rights are strongly protected (ranking 1st overall). In addition, the country’s administrative agencies and courts are rated among the most effective and transparent in the world. Notwithstanding these strengths, some concerns remain with regard to police discrimination against foreigners and ethnic minorities, perceived delays in court processes, and difficulties in bringing criminal offenders to justice".

The Index relies on over 100.000 household and expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in everyday life around the world.

Performance is assessed through 44 indicators organized around 8 themes: constraints on government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.

More than 500 variables are computed to produce these indicators for every country.

Denmark (Western Europe and North America), Uruguay (Latin America and the Caribbean), Botswana (Sub-Saharan Africa), New Zealand (East Asia and Pacific), Georgia (Eastern Europe and Central Asia), Sri Lanka (South Asia), and the United Arab Emirates (Middle East and North Africa) led in their respective regions.

The World Justice Project (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the globe.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Sweden Stands Out In Domestic Violence Study

Via The Local:

A new EU review of violence against women has revealed that one in three European women has been assaulted, and one in twenty has been raped, with the Scandinavian countries at the top of the league tables.

A new EU review of violence against women has revealed that one in three European women has been assaulted, and one in twenty has been raped, with the Scandinavian countries at the top of the league tables.

In the Scandinavian countries, in contrast, around half of the women reported physical or sexual violence, which researchers at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights said could have several explanations.

Researcher Joanna Goodey told the TT news agency that the proportion of women working outside the home, the country's alcohol culture, as well as whether women report incidents or not could all impact on the figures.

"In some countries it can be less acceptable to talk about these things", Goodey said.

Agency head Morten Kjaerum said that the more gender equal countries had seen rapid changes in the relationship between men and women.

"There is a certain stress level created when gender roles change and old patterns are challenged", Kjaerum said. "I think that's a factor we should also consider".

Across the union, the report found that 22 percent of women surveyed said they had been assaulted by a partner, but 67 percent said they did not report the incident to the police.

"What emerges is a picture of extensive abuse that affects many women’s lives, but is systematically under-reported to the authorities", Kjaerum noted in the summary of the report, which was written after interviews with 42.000 women across the union.

In Sweden, 81 percent of women said they had been harassed at some point after the age of 15 - compared to the EU average of 55 percent.

After Sweden, which had the highest rate, Denmark, France, the Netherland, and Finland all saw rates above 70 percent.

The EU member state with the lowest rate - 24 percent - was Bulgaria.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Boeing: Anti-Gravity Propulsion Comes "Out Of The Closet"

Via Disclose.tv:

Boeing, the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer, has admitted it is working on experimental anti-gravity projects that could overturn a century of conventional aerospace propulsion technology if the science underpinning them can be engineered into hardware.

As part of the effort, which is being run out of Boeing’s Phantom Works advanced research and development facility in Seattle, the company is trying to solicit the services of a Russian scientist who claims he has developed anti-gravity devices in Russia and Finland.

The approach, however, has been thwarted by Russian officials.

The Boeing drive to develop a collaborative relationship with the scientist in question, Dr Evgeny Podkletnov, has its own internal project name: ‘GRASP’ — Gravity Research for Advanced Space Propulsion.

A GRASP briefing document obtained by JDW sets out what Boeing believes to be at stake. "If gravity modification is real", it says, "it will alter the entire aerospace business".

It is also apparent that Podkletnov’s work could be engineered into a radical new weapon.

Although he was vilified by traditionalists who claimed that gravity-shielding was impossible under the known laws of physics, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) attempted to replicate his work in the mid-1990s.

Because NASA lacked Podkletnov’s unique formula for the work, the attempt failed.

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will shortly conduct a second set of experiments using apparatus built to Podkletnov’s specifications.

Boeing recently approached Podkletnov directly, but promptly fell foul of Russian technology transfer controls (Moscow wants to stem the exodus of Russian high technology to the West).

Old Russian Proverb: “In A World Of Sheep, The Wolf Is King”

Via The Balfour Post:

There’s an old Jewish saying: "A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you’re in deep trouble".

President Barack Obama and his foreign policy advisers would have profited if they had been aware of this.

Obama said there will be a price to be paid for Russian military intervention in Ukraine.

It was not clear what that "cost" would be, nor who would be responsible for it.

The U.S., said the president, will stand by the international community in affirming that there will be costs for the intervention.

On the world stage, Putin has moved from being a junior partner with the U.S. in 2000 to one of near equality, in spite of the differences in economic resources, military strength, and population of the two countries.

Speaking fluent German and almost fluent English, Putin hosted the talks devoted to Syria at the G-20 summit at St. Petersburg in September 2013.

Russia could reduce to zero its economic dependency on the United States if Washington agreed sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday, warning that the American financial system faced a "crash" if this happened.

"We would find a way not just to reduce our dependency on the United States to zero but to emerge from those sanctions with great benefits for ourselves", said Kremlin economic aide Sergei Glazyev.

He told the RIA Novosti news agency Russia could stop using dollars for international transactions and create its own payment system using its "wonderful trade and economic relations with our partners in the East and South".

Russian firms and banks would also not return loans from American financial institutions, he said.

"An attempt to announce sanctions would end in a crash for the financial system of the United States, which would cause the end of the domination of the United States in the global financial system", he added.

He said that economic sanctions imposed by the European Union would be a "catastrophe" for Europe, saying that Russia could halt gas supplies "which would be beneficial for the Americans" and give the Russian economy a useful "impulse".

Sweden's FM: Pressure On Putin Will Bear Fruit

Via The Swedish Wire:

European Union foreign ministers brandished the threat of sanctions on Russia for seizing swathes of Ukraine’s territory, Bloomberg said, while giving the Kremlin a chance to pull back its troops and seek a negotiated settlement.

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said that the gradual ratcheting-up of pressure on Russia will bear fruit.

"Things add up", he said. "Every single measure in itself might look weak. But add things up and it changes things rather fundamentally".

Russia will not go to war with the people of Ukraine, but will use its troops to protect citizens, if radicals with clout in Kiev now try to use violence against Ukrainian civilians, particularly ethnic Russians, Putin told the media, according to RT.

Putin, who was given a mandate by the Russian senate to use military force to protect civilians in Ukraine, said there is no need for such an action yet.

"If we see this lawlessness starting in eastern regions, if the people ask us for help – in addition to a plea from a legitimate president, which we already have – then we reserve the right to use all the means we possess to protect those citizens. And we consider it quite legitimate", he said.

Sweden Sends Jets To Baltic After Russian Move

Via The Local:

The Swedish Armed Forces sent extra air defence to the island of Gotland on Tuesday in response to a large-scale Russian training exercise being carried out in the Baltic Sea.

"Due to the increased air operations in the area, and especially as a result of the Russian training exercise going on, we've decided to base parts of our regular incident response team on Gotland", Göran Mårtensson at the Armed Forces (Försvarsmaktens) said in a statement.

"By doing this we're increasing our capacity to monitor the skies, which is completely normal during major training exercises."

The Russian news agency Itar-Tass reported on Monday that 3.500 servicemen of the Russian Baltic Fleet were engaged in a "combat readiness" test operation outside Kaliningrad, a Russian Baltic seaport that has been an isolated enclave since the Soviet Union's collapse.

Swedish defence experts said at the time that there was "nothing new" in the announcement.

When pressed by the TT news agency, the Armed Forces' spokesman Philip Simon said that the threat level posed by Russia against Sweden remained unchanged. While he stayed tight-lipped about what kind of military might was sent to Gotland, Simon said that there was "a number of Gripen jets".

Military strategist Stefan Ring said it was natural for the Armed Forces to send aircraft to the island, which is around 250 kilometers south of Stockholm.

"This isn't the first time planes have been to Gotland and it's one of the bases the military has at its disposal for military preparedness", he told TT. "Considering what's been happening in Ukraine, I'd say it would be verging on a dereliction of duty if the planes weren't there now".

Armed Forces spokesman Göran Mårtensson added that they were continually and carefully monitoring the situation in Ukraine, where troops in Russian military gear have surrounded military bases in the southern region Crimea.

Monday, March 03, 2014

Kepler Space Telescope Finds Billions Of Earth Like Planets Near Earth

Via Disclose.tv:

A recent study soon to be published in The Astrophysical Journal, based upon analysis of data taken from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, has found that our Milky Way Galaxy could be host to over 4 billion Earth like planets.

Kepler is a space observatory launched by NASA to discover Earth like planets that are orbiting other stars.

Scientists studied the tremendous amount of red dwarf stars in our galaxy and determined that 6 percent of the 75 billion of them would have Earth like planets, that’s about 4.5 billion Earths.

2014 Dakar Rally Winner: Nani Roma And MINI ALL4Racing - Jay Leno's Garage

Via Theo Spark:

Winner of 2014's Dakar Rally Nani Roma gives Jay a lesson in desert driving in the car that took him across the finish line of the toughest rally on earth!

Obama: We're Building Iron Man

Via CNET:

At a White House press conference, President Obama revealed a "secret project we've been working on for some time".

Obama then uttered these words: "Basically, I'm here to announce that we're building Iron Man".

President Obama revealed details of this secret project and promised to "blast off" himself...

Entire Ukrainian Navy Resigns - And Ukrainian Model Is An Alien!

Via Before It's News:

The entire Navy of the Ukraine has resigned to support their Russian counterparts.

The Ukrainian model Valeria Lukyanova has been popular throughout the internet for sometime because of her Barbie like appearance.

And she uses colored contact lenses and lots of makeup to achieve her Barbie like appearance.

Now Valeria is sharing to the public that she is an alien and that she doesn’t consume food or water.

Apparently she lives only of light and air...

Swedish PM: Russian Worries "Understandable"

Via The Local:

Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt came under fire after he said on Sunday that Russia's involvement in Crimea was "somewhat understandable".

Reinfeldt was talking to reporters on Sunday afternoon after an event at the Royal Palace.

When asked about the conflict in Ukraine, where Russian soldiers have moved in to Crimea and Ukrainian forces are mobilizing, he said Russia's actions were "understandable".

"It's somewhat understandable that Russia is acting on concerns about the Russian minority of Crimea and eastern Ukraine, but not in the way they're doing it. There are of course methods for talking to the Ukrainian government and calm down the situation in that way", he told reporters.

It is refreshing that the Swedish government now finally recognizes the atrocities committed against the Russian population in Ukraine.

Russia’s decision to allow troops to be sent to Ukraine is meant to deter radicals from using violence in the country and to facilitate reconciliation, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Lavrov dismissed the interpretation of the move by Western powers as an act of aggression on the part of Moscow and called on the West to stop using human rights as a pretext for pursuing geopolitical goals.

"I reiterate, we are talking about protecting our citizens and compatriots, about protecting the most fundamental human right – the right to live and nothing more", Lavrov said.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

NWO Website Declares: "The New Society Is Almost Here"

Via Disclose.tv:

The preparation for a disaster imminent! A major disaster will befall us, followed by Martial Law, a false peace, and a New World Order.

Do you think an economic collapse is not coming, and soon? Think again! The New World Order elitists tell you straight up.

They are preparing us for what is ahead, with their goal "supposedly" being peace; and not just any peace, but a global, NWO type of peace in which everyone is controlled, including media!

We are on the precipice of mass, global disaster in order that the New World Order will be put in place, and the Antichrist will be ushered in.

Putin Tells Obama Russia Will Act In Case Of Ukraine Violence

Via RIA Novosti:

Russian leader Vladimir Putin told U.S. President Barack Obama in a telephone conversation Sunday that Moscow reserved the right to protect its own interests and those of Russian speakers in the event of violence breaking out in eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

The Kremlin press service said Putin responded to Obama’s expression of concern over possible Russian plans to deploy troops in Ukraine by drawing attention "to the provocative, criminal acts of ultranationalist elements being effectively encouraged by authorities in Kiev".

Putin said that there was a real threat to the life of many Russians on Ukraine’s territory, the press service said.

Russia’s upper house of parliament voted Saturday to approve military action on Ukraine, citing the same motivations as those mentioned by Putin.

There is already a substantial Russian military presence in southern Ukraine, courtesy of the leased Black Sea Fleet naval base in the Crimean Peninsula.

Large movements of Russian troops have been reported around the peninsula, which is in defiance of express instructions from Ukrainian authorities this week for Russian soldiers to remain confined to their quarters.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Investment Arm Of ANC Sells Hitachi Stake

Via Drum:

The investment wing of the ANC has sold its 25 percent stake in Hitachi Power Africa, which has controversially benefited from stated-funded contracts.

The shares in the Japanese firm’s African subsidiary were sold to Hitachi Power Europe for an undisclosed amount.

"All parties have agreed strict confidentiality about the terms and conditions of the contract", Hitachi Power Africa said in a statement announcing the deal.

Florida Man Dies From Brown Recluse Spider Bite

Via ABC News:

A 62-year-old Florida man has died after receiving a bite from a rare and poisonous brown recluse spider, according to the Polk County Health Department.

Ron Reese was renovating an old home in Mulberry, Fla. when the spider bit him — but did not see a doctor because he thought it would heal on its own, his father, Bill Reese, 89, told ABC’s Tampa Bay affiliate WFTS.

"It bit him right on the back of his neck and rotted out to the vertebrae", Bill Reese told WFTS. "He wasn’t afraid of anything. He thought he was invincible. But he wasn’t".

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The bite eventually paralyzed half of Ron Reese’s body, his father said.

"I thank the Lord every day that he’s out of his misery", he told WFTS.

Residents have been reminded to seek medical attention as soon as they’ve been bitten by a spider, said Polk County Health Department spokesman Scott Calibri.

“Typically, spider bites are non-lethal, but it really is case by case", he said. "This is the first fatality to my knowledge but there are a couple of cases a year of folks who get bitten by spiders and need to get medical treatment".

Kepler Telescope Bags Huge Haul Of Planets

Via Disclose.tv:

The science team sifting data from the US space agency's (Nasa) Kepler telescope says it has identified 715 new planets beyond our Solar System.

This is a huge new haul.

In the nearly two decades since the first so-called exoplanet was discovered, researchers had claimed the detection of just over 1.000 new worlds.

Kepler's latest bounty are all in multi-planet systems; they orbit only 305 stars.

The vast majority, 95%, are smaller than our Neptune, which is four times the radius of the Earth.

Four of the new planets are less than 2.5 times the radius of Earth, and they orbit their host suns in the "habitable zone" - the region around a star where water can keep a liquid state.

Whether that is the case on these planets cannot be known for sure - Kepler's targets are hundreds of light-years in the distance, and this is too far away for very detailed investigation.

The Kepler space telescope was launched in 2009 on a $600m (£360m) mission to assess the likely population of Earth-sized planets in our Milky Way Galaxy.

Faulty pointing mechanisms eventually blunted its abilities last year, but not before it had identified thousands of possible, or "candidate", worlds in a patch of sky in the constellations Cygnus and Lyra.

It did this by looking for transits - the periodic dips in light that occur when planets move across the faces of stars.

Before Wednesday, the Kepler spacecraft had confirmed the existence of 246 exoplanets. It has now pushed this number up to 961. That is more than half of all the discoveries made in the field over the past 20 years.

"This is the largest windfall of planets that's ever been announced at one time", said Douglas Hudgins from Nasa's astrophysics division.

"Second, these results establish that planetary systems with multiple planets around one star, like our own Solar System, are in fact common".

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Gunmen From Kiev Attempted To Seize Crimea's Interior Ministry Overnight - Russia

Via RT:

Unknown armed men from Kiev have tried to seize the Crimean Interior Ministry overnight, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It's as Crimea's PM urges Russia to help cope with the crisis, ensuring "peace and calm" in the region.

"Thanks to the decisive action of self-defense squads, the attempt to seize the building of the Interior Ministry was derailed. This attempt confirms the intention of prominent political circles in Kiev to destabilize the situation on the peninsula", the statement added.

"We believe it is extremely irresponsible to further pressure the already tense situation in the Crimea", the ministry stated stressing its concerns over the latest developments in the region.

Crimea's Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov asked Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to "help ensure peace and calm on the territory of the autonomous region". The request, the premier said, was due to "the understanding of the responsibility for the life and safety of the residents".

A source in the Kremlin administration replied, "Russia won’t ignore that address", Russian news agencies reported.

Later in the day, both chambers of the Russian parliament asked Putin to take measures to ensure stability in Crimea.

"The Duma Council adopted an appeal to the president of Russia, in which parliamentarians are calling on the president to take measures to stabilize the situation in Crimea and use all available means to protect the people of Crimea from tyranny and violence", said Lower House speaker Sergey Naryshkin.

The State Duma also said that currently it is impossible to conduct legitimate and democratic elections in Ukraine due to actions of "radical forces".

The Upper Chamber of the Russian Parliament admitted a limited number of Russian troops could be brought to Crimea to ensure safety, speaker Valentina Matvienko said.

"It’s possible in this situation, complying with a request by the Crimean government, even to bring a limited contingent of our troops to ensure the safety of the Back Sea Fleet and the Russian citizens living on the Crimea territory. The decision is for the president, the chief military commander, to make of course. But today, taking the situation into account, even that variant can’t be excluded. We need to protect the people", Matvienko said.

Mt. Gox Goes Bankrupt After Losing $425 Million In Bitcoins

Via The Huffington Post:

The Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange in Tokyo filed for bankruptcy protection Friday and its chief executive said 850,000 bitcoins, worth several hundred million dollars, are unaccounted for.

The exchange's CEO Mark Karpeles appeared before Japanese TV news cameras, bowing deeply.

He said a weakness in the exchange's systems was behind a massive loss of the virtual currency involving 750.000 bitcoins from users and 100.000 of the company's own bitcoins.

That would amount to about $425 million at recent prices.

Some countries have reacted sternly to bitcoin's emergence, but many people remain fans of its potential.

Vietnam's government said Thursday that trading in bitcoin and other electronic currencies is illegal, and warned its citizens not to use or invest in them.

Late last year, China banned its banks and payment systems from handling bitcoin, although people still use them online.

Thailand earlier put a blanket prohibition on using bitcoins, and Russia has effectively banned them.

There was still considerable appetite for bitcoin in China, where it has become attractive as an investment since tightly-regulated state banks offer very low interest rates on deposits.

Even some with money tied up in Mt. Gox were undaunted.

Huang Zhaobin, a 21-year-old student in Chengdu, said he had lost 50.000 to 60.000 yuan ($8.125 to $9.750) from the Mt. Gox closure.

"Actually this money itself is the benefit from bitcoin investment", said Huang, who plowed 10.000 yuan into bitcoins about three months ago.

"If it is legal, I will continue to invest for sure as it is the trend in the world".

In Singapore, Tembusu Terminals, a joint venture specializing in crypto-currencies, announced Friday its first bitcoin ATM in the city-state and plans for many more.

In Hong Kong, a group opened what it said was the world's first bitcoin retail store.

Yang Weizhou, analyst at Mizuho Securities Co. in Tokyo, said laws to regulate virtual currencies may have to be created by countries including Japan.

She said lawsuits from those who lost money were likely, and any court rulings would chart unexplored territory and help define the reach of virtual money.

The trend toward such technology for peer-to-peer payments wouldn't replace traditional money but was here to stay because of its convenience, she said.

"It is undeniable", she said. "One must separate the Mt. Gox problem from the overall concept".