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  • Syrian government forces enter Afrin to help Kurds repel Turkish assault

    02/21/2018 8:10:02 PM PST · by Rabin · 11 replies
    ekurd.net ^ | February 21, 2018 | Editorial Staff in Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey
    U.S. has provided Kurdistans’ forces with arms, air support and military advisers… regards the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its powerful military wing YPG/YPJ, as key ally against Islamic State IS and the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria. // snipp // Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Russia had stepped in to block Syrian forces in Afrin, where Ankara is seeking to destroy the Kurdish YPG… Erdogan later said in a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Damascus would face consequences if it struck a deal with the YPG. // snipp // On Sunday, a Kurdish...
  • Trump Admin Announces Largest Oil And Gas Lease Sale In U.S. History

    02/16/2018 8:28:46 PM PST · by Rabin · 28 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | Oct 24, 2017 | Zainab Calcuttawala -Scott Angelle
    The U.S. Department of the Interior will offer offshore Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida for oil and gas exploration and development //snipp// This will be the largest such lease sale in the country's history, it will include almost 77 million acres of federal waters in the Gulf. The lease sale will be live streamed online from New Orleans.
  • Body Piercer Sliced Off Own Finger With Bolt Cutters and Turned it Into a Pendant

    02/16/2018 10:17:55 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    Metro (U.K.) ^ | Thursday 15 Feb 2018 | Georgia Diebelius
    A body piercer who sliced off her own finger because it ‘looks cute’ has turned the severed limb into a pendent. Torz Reynolds decided to cut off her little finger with bolt cutters on Valentine’s Day last year after wanting to do it for a decade. After keeping the stump in the freezer next to a bag of peas for 365 days, Torz decided to mark the occasion by immortalising the frozen finger as a pendant necklace. The 30-year-old body modifier bought a glass vial, filled it with alcohol solution and dunked the detached digit inside attached to a chain...
  • OkCupid’s ‘DTF’ Ad Campaign Draws Criticism

    02/15/2018 4:44:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 14, 2018 | Natalie Musumeci
    A conservative advocacy group is not down with dating website OkCupid’s new “DTF” ad campaign. The group, CitizenGo, has launched a petition calling for officials in Portland, Oregon, to remove the ad campaign which it claims “promotes lesbian sex, prostitution, drug use, and promiscuity, and it will be viewed by millions, including children, in public places.” “The most recent and most offensive ads are popping up in Portland, Oregon,” the group says on the petition. “You can find several different ads posted on or around the TriMet [public transit agency], their metro system, which includes bus lines, light rail, and...
  • Survivors of Female Genital Mutilation Say #MeToo

    02/05/2018 1:58:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    VOA ^ | February 05, 2018
    The #MeToo campaign against sexual abuse should include the stories of survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM), activists said ahead of a global day on Tuesday to raise awareness about the internationally condemned ritual. Leyla Hussein, one of the first FGM survivors to come forward in Britain, urged people to use the #MeToo hashtag when posting about the practice on social media on Feb 6, the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM. “It’s a shame the #MeToo campaign doesn’t include FGM,” said Hussein, founder of the London-based Dahlia Project, which provides counseling for women who have been cut....
  • The Nonbinary Gender Trap

    02/03/2018 11:00:48 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    The New York Review of Books ^ | January 30, 2018 | Robin Dembroff
    Musée Picasso, Paris/Bridgeman Images/Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Pablo Picasso: Maya with a Doll, 1938 As California residents rang in 2018, they joined residents of Oregon and Washington, D.C., in having the option to revise their legal genders from either “male” or “female” to “nonbinary.” California’s enactment of the Gender Recognition Act, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last October and starts to take effect later this year, is but one more sign of a slow but steady sea-change. Washington State has followed suit, and similar third-gender options are under consideration in New...
  • A Joke On Facebook Puts American Expatriate At Odds With Vietnam

    02/01/2018 1:02:22 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    NPR ^ | February 1, 2018
    Editor's note: This story contains graphic language. A U.S. expatriate living in Vietnam has run afoul of its communist government and could face criminal charges for a joke posted online about a revered national hero. Dan Hauer, who teaches English in Hanoi, is married to a local woman and speaks fluent Vietnamese, reportedly has a large following on social media for his popular language videos and observations about Vietnamese and Western culture. However, a joke he posted about Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, who led Vietnamese communist forces against the French and later Americans, has not gone over well. Giap died...
  • A New Google Doc of Media Men

    01/30/2018 9:48:57 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | JANUARY 29, 2018 | Sarah Miller
    Once the xxxxy media men list was made public, many asked, “Where will we draw the line? Who will be next? Will there be another list??” It appears there is. The mild-mannered men in media list has now been revealed. At first glance, you might wonder, “Do these missteps really rise to the level of civil or criminal offenses?” If that’s your reaction, then you’re missing the point. My intention is merely to begin a conversation about men who wear thin belts and brag about their low-residency MFA programs. From there, the healing can perhaps begin. Mild-Mannered Men in Media...
  • Man Charged With Felony After Calling Toddler 'Sexy' in Redwood City

    01/25/2018 1:31:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Jan 24, 2018
    A man arrested in Redwood City on Monday morning after expressing sexual interest in a toddler pleaded not guilty to felony charges of annoying or molesting a child in San Mateo County Superior Court on Tuesday. David Donald Lewis, 46, was going through garbage cans near the Redwood City Main Library at 1044 Middlefield Road when a man walked by with his 2-year-old daughter around 10:35 a.m. Lewis allegedly asked if he could touch the child, at which time her father called the police. Lewis later told officers that he "thought the little girl was cute and wanted to touch...
  • A shell game with the public - Counter Intelligence is domestic too

    01/23/2018 7:38:29 AM PST · by z3n
    vanity | z3n
    From American Heritage dictionary online: counterintelligence (kounˌtər-ĭn-tĕlˈə-jəns) n. The branch of an intelligence service charged with keeping sensitive information from an enemy, deceiving that enemy, preventing subversion and sabotage, and collecting political and military information. NSA & CIA? Yes. Not vital and essential. FBI & DOJ? Wut? Aren't these concerned with domestic law enforcement? Since 2016 the long list of corruption from the State Department was well known. What was becoming evident in that year was the level of complicity from the DOJ in doing nothing about it. 2017 was the year of learning that the FBI was also complicit...
  • Ohio Youth Basketball Team Removed From League for Offensive Language On Jerseys

    01/17/2018 9:09:01 AM PST · by Mr.Unique · 24 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | January 09, 2018 | KHADRICE ROLLINS
    An Ohio youth basketball team was suspended for the remainder of its season for offensive terms on its jerseys, according to Evan Millward of ABC News 5 Cleveland. The Kings Rec Basketball 7-12 team wore jerseys with the nickname "Wet Dream Team" on the front, and on the back of the jerseys, players had offensive terms such as "Knee Grow" and "Coon". The team was playing its fourth game of the season at West Clermont Middle School when parents of the opposing team noticed what was on the jerseys. A representative from the West Clermont team spoke with officials before...
  • Iranian Oil Tanker Burns For Third Day As Winds, High Waves Lash Rescuers

    01/11/2018 9:09:29 PM PST · by Rabin · 9 replies
    Rigzone ^ | January 09, 2018 | Reuters Staff
    BEIJING, Jan 9 (Reuters) - The Iran's Sanchi’ running 136,000 tonne ultra-light condensate, (in) an off record run, up the west China coast. In dark, rough seas just north of the Yang, Sanchi was rammed by US CF Crystal, carrying grain. Any chances of taming the fire or saving any of the 31 (all Iranian nationals except for two Bangladeshi) tanker crew members, is slim the Ministry of Transport said Tuesday… The flames are forcing South Korean Coast Guard to stay miles from the tanker.
  • Would N.Korean Would N.Korean Olympic Participation Violate Sanctions

    01/07/2018 9:53:53 PM PST · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | January 05, 2018 | Staff
    North Korea takes part in the 2018 Winter Olympics would that technically violate UN Security Council resolutions sanctioning the regime over its nuclear and missile programs? Province Governor Choi Moon-soon met with North Korea's sports chief Mun Ung in China and offered to ferry them to South Korea aboard a cruise ship. The International Olympic Committee has also said it is willing to shoulder their expenses.
  • Brookfield to buy Westinghouse for $4.6 billion

    01/07/2018 7:54:34 PM PST · by Rabin · 19 replies
    world-nuclear-news ^ | 04 January 2018 | Staff
    Brookfield Business Partners, together with institutional partners - collectively known as Brookfield - has agreed to acquire 100% of Westinghouse Electric Company from Toshiba Corporation for total of about $4.6 billion, the companies announced today.
  • Drunk Mandurah Man Boris Pascoe’s Stopover at Dubai Airport Captured in Viral Video (Typical Aussie)

    01/05/2018 12:13:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    The West Australian ^ | 5 January 2018 | Peta Rasdien
    MANDURAH man Boris Pascoe was far from home, drunk and trying to negotiate plane travel and a stopover in a Middle Eastern airport — not usually a recipe for a happy ending. But, lucky for him, he stumbled, quite literally, into the path of ‘wonder woman’ and fellow Aussie Grace Cheatley in November. The hilarious shenanigans that ensued has won the internet in a video that’s gone viral, viewed 7.5 million times on LADbible’s Facebook page, and thrust the pair into the media spotlight. Ms Cheatley started filming Mr Pascoe’s antics when he tried to retrieve his luggage from the...
  • Waltz with Bashir - I Bombed Beirut by Zeev Tene

    Waltz with Bashir - I Bombed Beirut by Zeev Tene
  • U.S. oil production capacity approaches 10 mln barrels per day

    12/30/2017 8:06:05 PM PST · by Rabin · 42 replies
    Brudi Drect ^ | December 31st, 2017 | XINHUA Staff
    The U.S. oil production in October was over 298 million barrels, or 25 million barrels more than that in January. And its production capability was over 9.6 million barrels a day, or 9.2 percent higher than January. "U.S. crude oil production in October rose to the highest in more than 46 years and the production is expected to continue rising in 2018 to past historical level recorded in 1971 which will have significant effects on global energy balance,"
  • Coffee, Tea or Bikini? VietJet Stands by Racy Calendar Amid Criticisms

    12/29/2017 1:45:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    AsiaOne ^ | Dec 29, 2017
    Vietnam's VietJet Aviation said on Thursday (Dec 28) it was standing by a controversial "bikini" calendar, a marketing ploy featuring scantily clad female models that has prompted criticism in conservative South-east Asia and beyond. The annual calendar, which has gone viral online, is part of a broader marketing push by VietJet that has propelled the start-up airline's rapid growth, as it has taken market share from Vietnam Airlines. The publication of the 2018 calendar - which critics say overly sexualises the image of flight attendants and other airline staff - comes as there is a growing debate in the global...
  • Statement from IG Intel & IG DoS, Regarding the Review of Former Secretary Clinton's Emails

    12/24/2017 11:30:53 PM PST · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Yesterday the Inspector Generals of the Intelligence Community and State Dept, (IC IG, McCullogh & IGDoS, Linick) sent a congressional notification to Congressional intelligence oversight committees… Inspectors General,had sampelled 40 out of the 30000 relevant emails, and found 4, (10%) to contain classified (& or) IC-derived information… “these emails contained classified information when they were generated and, according to IC classification officials, that information remains classified today”… “This classified information should never have been transmitted via an unclassified personal system”.
  • The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook

    12/23/2017 8:20:02 PM PST · by Rabin · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | December 15, 2011 | Josh Meyer
    PART I A GLOBAL THREAT EMERGES How Hezbollah turned to trafficking cocaine and laundering money through used cars to finance its expansion.