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Today Morning Blog is four years old and I’ve enjoyed bringing the news, opinion pieces and human interest stories from all over the world to you almost every day, so with a heavy heart I have to inform you that I may not be able to bring it to you every day as before.

More than half of the stories I bring here and link to are asking for a subscription fee to be payed monthly, and although that is what I have had to do to keep bringing these daily updates to you, I don’t think that I am able to subscribe to all of them, so unfortunately I don’t know how much longer I can do this on a daily basis. I ask for your understanding on this issue and thank you for reading and commenting all these years. I will try my best to bring you the latest news when I can.

 

 

 

 

Good morning everyone.

I hope that when and if you have the time, MB will be the place where you will come to catch up with the latest international news from around the globe.

Every day I will bring you the latest international news stories, breaking news stories, opinion pieces and human interest stories, hoping that you will find something of interest in each morning’s update.

MB is open to all 24/7, and I’ll have my updates posted by 3 am PST and 6 am EST each morning. You can read or comment at any time during your day or night.

Please drop by anytime, you are always welcome here. Looking forward to meeting you in your mornings, afternoons and evenings. Enjoy.

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Written by Kalima

Long time resident of Tokyo ---"Where is this woman I once knew so well?Memories fading or hurtling by like a howling wind at a speed I can't fathom or define. A star hangs like a teardrop from her eye, quivering but never falling.I search the empty corridors of my soul in hopes of catching just another glimpse of who she once presumed herself to be.Where is this woman who trod with such certainty, where is she now? I mourn her passing as another dawn breaks in my restless heart."

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  1. Kalima says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    Have good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my late afternoon corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Hyogo blocks release of nuke crisis study data

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/15/national/hyogo-blocks-release-of-nuke-crisis-study-data/#.U04h9lyVsfE

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    Ex-PMs to set up anti-nuke forum

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/15/national/ex-pms-to-set-up-anti-nuke-forum/#.U04iJFyVsfE

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    Gov’t official heads to Seoul for ‘comfort women’ talks

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/govt-official-heads-to-seoul-for-comfort-women-talks

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    Japan’s main working population falls below 80 mil.

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140416p2g00m0dm034000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Partial lunar eclipse

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/partial-lunar-eclipse
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    “benefit reforms may be to blame”?
    Oh pleeeease!!
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    The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/churches-unite-to-act-on-food-poverty-600-leaders-from-all-denominations-demand-government-uturn-on-punitive-benefits-sanctions-9263035.html

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    GPs braced for shutdown after ‘toxic mix’ of loss of funds and high demand

    At one of 98 GP surgeries in England under threat of closure there is despair that NHS reforms could kill off good care

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/16/gps-surgeries-shutdown-loss-funds-high-demand-nhs

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    Farage could face investigation into EU expenses

    A former senior Ukip official has filed a formal complaint about Mr Farage to the EU anti-fraud office OLAF

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/10766558/Farage-could-face-investigation-into-EU-expenses.html

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    What the Birmingham schools probe can tell us about bog-standard comps

    Whatever the results of the education department’s investigation, pupils’ education has been disrupted by the academy agenda

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/15/operation-trojan-horse-bog-standard-comprehensives

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    Right Andy, and the moon is made of blue cheese.
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    Hacking trial: Andy Coulson denies role in hacking Milly Dowler’s phone

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/hacking-trial-andy-coulson-denies-role-in-hacking-milly-dowlers-phone-9262513.html

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    Paris police order ‘systematic eviction’ of Roma gypsies

    Row erupts over leaked note ordering police in Paris’ chic sixth arrondissement to ‘systematically evict’ Roma gypsies

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10768643/Paris-police-order-systematic-eviction-of-Roma-gypsies.html

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    Pork is the latest front in Europe’s culture wars

    The far right is fixated on pork and is using it as an excuse to target yet another aspect of Muslim life

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/15/le-pen-pig-whistle-politics

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    This is just too funny. Then again, he should be in jail.
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    Berlusconi to do community service

    Italian ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi must perform community service in a home for the elderly, following his conviction for tax fraud.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-27033315

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    Spain tops list of EU’s 10 worst employment blackspots

    Statistics reveal top five worst hit areas for joblessness are in Spain where almost 6 million people are without a job

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/spain-unemployment-eu-list-worst-hit

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    Ratko Mladic trial blocks move to drop genocide charges

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27032446

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    Ukraine crisis could hit Russian GDP

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-27031630

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    Pro-Russian separatists seize Ukrainian armoured vehicles

    About 100 armed men ride on top of seized vehicles in central Kramatorsk as Ukrainian military helicopters hover above

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/pro-russian-separatists-seize-ukrainian-armoured-vehicles

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    Ukraine crisis: Helicopter gunships take country closer to all-out war

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-obama-calls-on-putin-to-rein-in-armed-prorussian-separatists-9261011.html

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    Boston marks first anniversary of Marathon bombing with day of tributes

    Bells tolled across city at 2.49pm to mark the moment of the first blast, while ceremonies were attended by survivors and victims’ families

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/boston-first-anniversary-marathon-bombing-tributes

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    Very Bad News For Obamacare Opponents In The Government’s Latest Report

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/14/3426408/cbo-obamacare-cheaper/

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    NYPD disbands controversial Muslim surveillance unit

    ‘Dragnet policing’ by demographics unit had damaged police relations with community

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/muslim-surveillance-unit-disbanded-nypd

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    WTF!!
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    Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/15/3426856/prominent-republican-women-need-to-be-paid-less-than-men-so-they-can-find-good-husbands/

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    Speechless!
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    WATCH: Congressman Tells Black Constituent He’s Not Sure The Civil Rights Act Is Constitutional

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/04/15/3426672/ted-yoho-civil-rights-act/

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    Kansas City suspect to be charged with hate crime in Jewish centre shooting

    • Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, charged after three people killed
    • Attention turns to Cross’s affiliation with Ku Klux Klan

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/14/kansas-city-suspect-kkk-hate-crime-jewish-shooting

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    What Plantation Is Jim DeMint Living On?
    by Michael Tomasky

    The Heritage Foundation chief’s ludicrous claim about who ended slavery in America is just his latest effort to destroy the federal government—past or present.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/11/what-plantation-is-jim-demint-living-on.html

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    Five dead after stabbing at house party in Calgary

    Son of local police officer in custody after attack, which local police chief calls worst mass murder in city’s history

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/five-stabbed-death-calgary

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    Syria war: Maaloula’s monastery destroyed after Assad forces drive rebels out

    The Syrian regime shows off its latest conquest – a scarred monastery where the language of Christ is still spoken

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10768900/Syria-war-Maaloulas-monastery-destroyed-after-Assad-forces-drive-rebels-out.html

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    Syria government fighter jet appears to drop bomb

    An amateur video uploaded on a social media website purports to show a government fighter jet dropping a bomb on outskirts of Damascus

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10766708/Syria-government-fighter-jet-appears-to-drop-bomb.html

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    Syria crisis: ‘Torture’ photos shown to UN Security Council

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-27044203

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    Israel accused over new Hebron settlement move

    A new Israeli settlement development in a tense West Bank city has drawn allegations that Benjamin Netnayahu’s government is trying to sink already floundering peace talks

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10765749/Israel-accused-over-new-Hebron-settlement-move.html

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    Boko Haram abduct more than 100 schoolgirls in northeast Nigeria

    Islamic extremists have abducted about 100 female students from a school in northeast Nigeria

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/nigeria/10768032/Boko-Haram-abduct-more-than-100-schoolgirls-in-northeast-Nigeria.html

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    Iran cuts enriched uranium stockpile: report

    Diplomats tell news agency that UN report will say Iran has diluted half of material it held that could be used in bomb.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/04/iran-cuts-enriched-uranium-stockpile-report-201441521491255324.html

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    Iran considers ban on vasectomies in drive to boost birthrate

    Supreme leader sees family planning policy as an imitation of western lifestyle and aims to double Iran’s population

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/iran-ban-vasectomies-birthrate

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    Iraq closes Abu Ghraib prison amid security concerns

    Justice ministry announces ‘precautionary’ closure of prison which became notorious torture centre under Saddam Hussain

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/iraq-closes-abu-ghraib-prison-security-concerns

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    Southern India bus fire kills six in Karnataka

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27045672

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    India court recognises transgender people as third gender

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27031180

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    Afghan minister kidnapped in Kabul

    Gunmen run Ahmad Shah Wahid’s car off the road before dragging him into vehicle and driving off

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/15/afghan-minister-kidnapped-kabul-ahmad-shah-wahid

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    South Korea ferry: Scores missing as ship sinks

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27045512

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    Safety plan after Thai war relic explodes

    New safety measures planned after World War II bomb detonates, killing scrap metal workers in Bangkok.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/asia-pacific/2014/04/deadly-war-relic-explodes-bangkok-20144163538465849.html

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    MH370: submersible begins second mission as 14 planes continue search

    US navy Bluefin craft will hover at a depth of 4,500m to collect data on the seabed where team believes plane crashed

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/mh370-submersible-second-mission
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    The answer to the question “General Benedict Arnold switched allegiance to the British side during which war”?

    American War of Independence

    Today’s question.

    What was the highest income tax rate ever set in the U.S.?

    Hint: It was in 1944/45 during WW2.

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    Who are the 55 bodies buried at the Dozier school?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26980611

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    In Pictures: Palestinians recall Deir Yassin

    Palestinians were met with Israeli indifference during march to commemorate 66th anniversary of Deir Yassin massacre.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/inpictures/2014/04/pictures-palestinians-recall-de-201441485916733186.html

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    A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/history-of-the-first-world-war-in-100-moments/a-history-of-the-first-world-war-in-100-moments-when-the-worlds-biggest-shed-took-over-regents-park-9263002.html

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    The Oldest Hatred, Forever Young by Frank Bruni

    Well beyond Kansas, anti-Semitism persists.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/15/opinion/the-oldest-hatred-forever-young.html

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    A Barca: The Spanish hamlet being given away for free

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27034535

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    :lol:
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    Margaret Thatcher Way? Residents refuse to name road after former Prime Minister

    Barnet council has been asking for volunteers willing to rename their road after Margaret Thatcher for a year, but no one has come forward amid fears for house prices

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/margaret-thatcher/10767197/Margaret-Thatcher-Way-Residents-refuse-to-name-road-after-former-Prime-Minister.html

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    :shock:
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    North Korean officials ‘threaten’ London hairdresser who used shop window picture of Kim Jong-un

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/north-korean-officials-threaten-london-hairdresser-who-used-shop-window-picture-of-kim-jongun-9261770.html

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    Smoking cannabis could change the part of the brain dealing with motivation, according to one new study

    http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/smoking-cannabis-could-change-the-part-of-the-brain-dealing-with-motivation-according-to-one-new-study-9262974.html

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    ‘Blood moon’ lunar eclipse – in pictures

    The moon turns red and orange during a total lunar eclipse due to a perfect alignment of the sun, Earth and the moon, otherwise known as a syzygy

    http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2014/apr/15/blood-moon-lunar-eclipse-in-pictures

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    Pictures of the day: 15 April 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10766840/Pictures-of-the-day-15-April-2014.html

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    Day in pictures: 15 April 2014

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-27032335

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    Photo highlights of the day

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2014/apr/15/photo-highlights-of-the-day

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! I’m sorry I was off the radar there for a bit. This week before Easter is getting complicated. It always seems that family needs and holidays coincide, doesn’t it?

      This Marine Le Pen is a real piece of work, isn’t she? I wonder if her pork-obsession is a relatively recent problem or if she’s always felt that even Jewish kids should be compelled to eat pork when they’re in the French school system. I think it’s the former. It seems as though it’s much more related to the fact that there are Muslim kids there, as nearly as I can tell. Of course, she would never just come out and say that. Do they ever?

      At least it’s encouraging to see that the NYPD is taking a step in the opposite direction and giving up their Muslim surveillance unit. To keep a whole group under scrutiny just for their religious beliefs is not what America should be about.

      On the lighter side of things: Berlusconi doing community service work in a nursing home? Priceless. That court decision was brilliant. Because Berlusconi — even at 77 — feels he’s not old. And he hates being around old people. I wonder if he’ll inflict his cocktail lounge singing routine on them? Good thing those hearing aids have volume controls. If I were there, I’d have that thing set on zero.

      Speaking of annoying people — here we have Phyllis Schlaffly. I think Maggie Thatcher and Ronnie Reagan must have had a love child in their youth and named her Phyllis. Phyllis views marriages as mergers. Her favorite song is: “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

      This Frazier Glenn Cross/Miller is genuinely creepy, isn’t he? As I mentioned on TO/OT, the Southen Poverty Law Center has had its eye on him for quite a while. The group he led had plotted to kill their directer, Morris Dees, some time ago. I was amazed to read in Frank Bruni’s article that when religion is the motivator for a hate crime, in 65% of the cases the religious group targeted is Judaism. (I would have guessed Islam, in America.)

      Michael Tomasky’s article on Jim de Mint Julep’s historical revisionism was just wonderful. Didn’t you love his fictional deity who corrects right wing lies by saying: “No, Asshole. You’re totally wrong. How do I know? Because I’m God.” I really do hope that the GOP stops trying to woo Black voters by calling itself the “Party of Lincoln,” because — according to de Mint — Lincoln didn’t have a damned thing to do with freeing the slaves.

      The article about regular use of cannabis and its effect on motivation was so intriguing because — just from anecdotal observation when I was working in the hospital — that is exactly the correllation that seemed to exist.

      Okay — today’s trivia. I don’t know, but I’m going to guess that on the highest income brackets the tax rate might have gone as high as 90%? Can’t wait to see the answer on this one!

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes, no need to apologise for having a busy life, we all do.

        Marine Le Pen is a flaming racist just like her awful father before her. She thought that because her racist party had gained ground, she could spew her hate again publicly, and it looks as if she miscalculated the number of haters in France. I hope it cost her more than the egg on her face with voters.

        The spying on the Muslim community in NY was atrocious, and should have been stopped many years ago.

        Berlusconi doing community service in care homes is certainly thigh-slapping funny but the punishment really doesn’t fit the crime.

        “I think Maggie Thatcher and Ronnie Reagan must have had a love child in their youth and named her Phyllis”. :lol: I think you are right about her, and the name sounds familiar for saying the most outrageous things.

        Like you, I was surprised about the hate crime percentage, I don’t hear that many involving those of the Jewish faith.

        Loved the article by Tomasky on de Mint tearing him a new one.

        Is there some secret competition in the GOPTP to see who can say the most stupid thing before the Nov elections? They seem to be falling over each other to win the first prize.

        Have been reading a lot about the longterm effects of cannabis use lately as I’m sure you have seen a few of the articles on it that I have linked to here over the months. Yes and as a nurse you would have seen it up close so I trust your judgment.

        Ok, now for the trivia answer, don’t want you to have to wait. The answer is 94% on taxable income over $200,000, in 1944 and 1945 during WW2. $200,000 would be about $2.6 million in today’s dollars. You were very close so I’m going to give it to you. Well done kes!

        Have a good day and come back safe and whole.

        Take care. See you soon.

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  2. Kalima says:

    Good Morning Everyone!

    My favourite time of the day is here. Twilight. I love the dawn too, but these bright sunny days play havoc with my vision so I try to keep in the shade.

    Cherry blossom time came and went, and I did manage to see one tree in full bloom from our second floor window.

    Have a good Sunday wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my my darkening corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs
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    Cabinet OKs new energy policy, kills no-nuclear goal

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/11/national/cabinet-oks-new-energy-policy-kills-no-nuclear-goal/

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    Pro-nuclear energy policy angers residents hit by Fukushima disaster

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140412p2a00m0na013000c.html

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    Energy plan looks to the past

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/04/11/editorials/energy-plan-looks-to-the-past/

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    Cherry blossom ‘tunnel’ blooms in evacuated town

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140412p2a00m0na006000c.html

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    Gov’t orders 112,000 chickens culled after bird flu outbreak in Kumamoto

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/govt-orders-112000-chickens-culled-after-bird-flu-outbreak-in-kumamoto

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    If China grabs Senkakus, U.S. military would snatch them back: top marine commander

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/12/world/if-china-grabs-senkakus-u-s-military-would-snatch-them-back-top-marine-commander/

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    The curious tale of the man who slapped Tojo

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2014/04/12/books/the-curious-tale-of-the-man-who-slapped-tojo/

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    PICTURE OF THE DAy

    National:Cherry blossom ‘tunnel’ blooms in evacuated town

    http://mainichi.jp/graph/2014/04/12/20140412p2a00m0na006000c/001.html
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    Cameron accused of using public funds for Tory spin

    Top officials and the election watchdog set to investigate whether David Cameron’s letter to businesses promoting the new employment allowance amounts to taxpayer funded “Tory propaganda”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10762922/Cameron-accused-of-using-public-funds-for-Tory-spin.html

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    The People review – how the working class got screwed

    Selina Todd’s compelling history of the British working class is a tragedy that needed telling

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/13/the-people-review-working-class-got-screwed-todd

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    From food banks to property bubbles – the moral decay that blights Britain

    Social historians will have no difficulty in giving an accurate portrait of the decline of today’s Britain

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/12/moral-decay-blights-britain-food-banks-zero-hours

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    As if teaching wasn’t enough.
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    Teachers ‘denied pay rises for not volunteering to do school clubs’

    Union says heads are basing salaries on willingness to dig the school garden or run activities after lessons

    http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/apr/12/teachers-denied-pay-rises-for-not-volunteering

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    Friends: The One Where Dave Gets Drunk

    Sam and Cam look forward to an upmarket holiday, but Tory strategist Lynton Crosby thinks a package hotel is more voter-friendly

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10761588/Friends-The-One-Where-Dave-Gets-Drunk.html

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    Berlusconi associate Dell’Utri arrested in Lebanon

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27005786

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    Anti-austerity protest in Italy turns violent

    Police fire tear gas and make arrests as protesters clash with police over new prime minister’s labour reforms.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/04/anti-austerity-protest-italy-turns-violent-20144122357869885.html

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    Those pro Russians are trouble makers sent by Putin’s Kremlin, just as they were sent to Kiev when the protests started. Putin is despicable and there has been another chemical attack in Syria. That’s how he takes care of things he vetoes. He does nothing.
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    Ukraine crisis: Pro-Russians step up attacks in the east

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-prorussians-step-up-attacks-in-the-east-9256666.html

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    Ukrainian forces launch ‘anti-terrorist’ operation in Slavyansk

    Pro-Russian activists carrying automatic weapons seized government buildings in the town about 90 miles from the Russian border on Saturday

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10763320/Ukrainian-forces-launch-anti-terrorist-operation-in-Slavyansk.html

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    Barack Obama says voting rights face greatest threat in half a century

    • President addresses racial issues for second time in two days
    • Republicans accused of leading moves to curb voting

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/12/barack-obama-voting-rights-threat-race

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    America stands accused of retreat from its global duties. Nonsense

    Naysayers allege that American influence is waning and cite Barack Obama’s inaction on Syria and Ukraine as proof that its foreign policy has been reduced to watching the ‘bad guys’ do what they like. That is a complete fantasy

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/12/us-foreign-policy-retreatism-obama-accused-weakness

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    Unequal Lot by Frank Bruni

    The 77-cent figure so loosely tossed around misrepresents the pay gap and its roots.

    http://nyti.ms/1jAlltc

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    So according to this nincompoop, if you change your mind about something you are lying. That might be the norm for Repubs, but for the rest of us it;s called examining our conscience.
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    Mike Huckabee Says Obama May Be Lying About His Support For Gay Marriage

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/04/12/3426142/mike-huckabee-says-obama-may-be-lying-about-his-support-for-gay-marriage/

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    :lol: It’s been over for a long time guys.
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    The Right Criticizes Conservative Pundit For Saying Benghazi Is Over

    http://thinkprogress.org/world/2014/04/11/3425935/right-krauthammer-benghazi/

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    The right to bear arms -- even in the supermarket

    The shootings at Sandy Hook school claimed the lives of 20 children and shocked the world. So why do a growing number of Americans want gun controls relaxed? Alex Hannaford meets the fiery ‘Open Carry’ activists

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/10754901/The-right-to-bear-arms-even-in-the-supermarket.html

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    Fire destroys 500 homes in Valparaiso

    Ambulance crews have treated residents for smoke inhalation but so far there have been no deaths

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/chile/10763291/Fire-destroys-500-homes-in-Valparaiso.html

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    Hey Putin!!!
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    Syrian poison gas attack ‘kills two and wounds up to 100′

    Syrian government and opposition forces blame the other for alleged gas attack in village of Kfar Zeita

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/12/syrian-poison-gas-attack-claim

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    Exclusive: Nations fail to honour their financial pledges to Syrian refugees with only a fifth of the $6.5bn requested by the UN being delivered

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/exclusive-nations-fail-to-honour-their-financial-pledges-to-syrian-refugees-with-only-a-fifth-of-the-65bn-requested-by-the-un-being-delivered-9256653.html

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    Egyptian police ‘using rape as a weapon’ against dissident groups

    Claim comes amid widespread anger at crackdown that has seen 16,000 arrested

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/12/egypt-police-rape-dissidents-crackdown-16000-arrested

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    Israel’s seizure of EU-funded aid projects prompts compensation calls

    The demolition of three humanitarian aid shelters near a settlement zone could lead to demands for reimbursement

    http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/apr/12/israel-seizure-eu-aid-projects-compensation-calls

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    Nigerian senator: ’135 civilians killed’ in attacks

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-27006876

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    Iran’s UN ambassador nominee denied entry to US over hostage crisis link

    White House follows through on promise to deny visa to Hamid Abutalebi over his role in the 1979 Iran hostage crisis

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/11/iran-un-ambassador-nominee-denied-entry

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    Indian election: Bomb blasts kill 12 in Chhattisgarh

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27001888

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    With people like this dish rag running for political office, it’s no wonder that India has such a huge problem with justice for women. Hope he chokes on his words.
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    Women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, says senior politician in India’s Socialist Party

    Abu Azmi, the Socialist Party’s Maharashtra unit chief, says that women who have sex before marriage should be hanged, while the Party’s leader says he will scrap a law giving the death penalty to rapists if he’s elected prime minister

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10762531/Women-who-have-sex-before-marriage-should-be-hanged-says-senior-politician-in-Indias-Socialist-Party.html

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    Dozens ‘abducted’ by Pakistan Taliban

    At least 40 tribesmen suspected to be involved in drug trade reportedly kidnapped in Tirah valley.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/04/dozens-abducted-pakistan-taliban-2014412172846565736.html

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    Afghan elections: Violence season comes early

    Despite reports describing Afghanistan’s elections as ‘peaceful’, casualties in the rural areas were widespread.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/afghan-elections-violence-season-comes-early-20144129337929229.html

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    Earthquake hits near Solomon Islands

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-27006985

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    Drinking water in China’s Lanzhou city unsafe to drink, say authorities

    Water in city found to contain levels of benzene, a cancer-inducing chemical, at 20 times above safety levels

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/11/drinking-water-lanzhou-china-unsafe

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    Missing plane MH370: HMS Echo in ‘black box’ search

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-27001998
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    General Benedict Arnold switched allegiance to the British side during which war?

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    The mystery of Lebanon’s missing thousands

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/the-mystery-of-lebanons-missing-thousands-9256668.html

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    Tiananmen 25 years on: the ‘event’ that no one dares remember

    As the rest of the world remembers the Tiananmen Square massacre, China forbids its citizens from mentioning the atrocity

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/10762871/Tiananmen-25-years-on-the-event-that-no-one-dares-remember.html

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    Sue Townsend: how the welfare state left me and my kids scouring the streets for pennies

    The writer, who died on Thursday, created her teen diarist Adrian Mole while she was a struggling single mother of three. In this Observer article from 1989, she described how the state had left her destitute

    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/13/adrian-mole-sue-townsend-welfare

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    Capitalism simply isn’t working and here are the reasons why

    Economist Thomas Piketty’s message is bleak: the gap between rich and poor threatens to destroy us

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/12/capitalism-isnt-working-thomas-piketty

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    The storyteller of Marrakech

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26988777

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    Leaked climate change report: Scientific body warns of ‘devastating rise of 4-5C if we carry on as we are’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/leaked-climate-change-report-scientific-body-warns-of-devastating-rise-of-45c-if-we-carry-on-as-we-are-9256708.html

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    In pictures: Small Town Noir -- 20th century arrests in small town America

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10757144/In-pictures-Small-Town-Noir-20th-century-arrests-in-small-town-America.html

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    Animal photos of the week: 11 April 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/earth/10760394/Animal-photos-of-the-week.html

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    The week in pictures: 11 April 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/10760374/The-week-in-pictures-11-April-2014.html

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    Week in pictures: 5-11 April 2014

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26935631

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    The 20 photographs of the week

    The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

    http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/gallery/2014/apr/12/photographs-oscar-pistorius-brazil-world-cup

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  3. Kalima says:

    Good Morning Everyone.

    A beautiful Spring day in Tokyo today, it was nice to finally be able to open the windows again.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my late afternoon corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Climate that values safety tops: NRA chief

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/08/national/climate-that-values-safety-tops-nra-chief/#.U0Tk0FyVsfE

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    Nuclear emergency evacuation plans lagging in 11 prefectures: survey

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/06/national/nuclear-emergency-evacuation-plans-lagging-in-11-prefectures-survey/

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    Nearly 75% of schools used as tsunami evacuation sites ‘unsafe’

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/06/national/nearly-75-of-schools-used-as-tsunami-evacuation-sites-questioned/

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    Fraudsters took advantage of victims’ goodwill to help Fukushima recovery efforts

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140407p2a00m0na015000c.html

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    Pacifists rally as poll shows Japan is uneasy over Abe’s military aims

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/08/national/pacifists-rally-as-poll-shows-japan-is-uneasy-over-abes-military-aims/#.U0TlW1yVsfE

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Happy birthday Buddha

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/happy-birthday-buddha
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    NHS blunders put millions of records at risk

    NHS chiefs admit major breaches saw security of millions of patient records compromised

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10753001/NHS-blunders-put-millions-of-records-at-risk.html

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    This greedy government should fund them.
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    Need for food banks is caused by welfare cuts, research shows

    Report warns that as social security safety nets become weaker, charity provision could replace state-funded schemes

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/08/food-banks-welfare-cuts-research

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    Windfarms BAD! Dangerous nuclear power plants and digging holes in the earth by fracking, GOOD and VERY “environmentally friendly”. Right!!!
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    Wind turbines are no longer ‘environmentally friendly’, says Tory chairman

    Grant Shapps suggests the Tories will pledge to curb obshore wind powerin their manifesto as he says “giant” turbines are no longer “environmentally friendly”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/10752424/Wind-turbines-are-no-longer-environmentally-friendly-says-Tory-chairman.html

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    Let’s face it, neither MPs nor the press are fit to regulate themselves

    Maria Miller should have been sacked. But the papers now baying for her blood are motivated by their hatred of oversight

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/07/mps-press-regulate-themselves-maria-miller

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    House of Commons’ champagne bill goes up and up despite austerity

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/house-of-commons-champagne-bill-goes-up-and-up-despite-austerity-9247255.html

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    Adore this man
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    Irish president celebrates ‘warm friendship’ in British parliamentary address -- video

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/apr/08/irish-president-michael-higgins-british-parliamentary-address-video

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    Austria poll blow for racism row MEP Andreas Moelzer

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26930289

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    Spain’s parliament rejects Catalan independence bid

    Conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy says independence vote by Catalans is prohibited by the constitution as parliament emphatically votes down bid

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/10753934/Spains-parliament-rejects-Catalan-independence-bid.html

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    Moscow may be planning intervention in eastern Ukraine, US warns

    John Kerry fears potential Crimea-style action after pro-Russian forces cement control of government building in Donetsk

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/08/us-moscow-crimea-style-intervention-eastern-ukraine

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    Ukraine: dangerous games

    If Russia intervenes again in Ukraine, and war is avoided, the world will still become a shrunken, soured place

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/08/ukraine-dangerous-games

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    Ukraine crisis leaves animals in Kharkiv zoo fighting for life

    Ukrainian zoo that survived both World Wars struggling for funds amid political crisis leaving its six thousand animals “on the verge of starvation”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10753924/Ukraine-crisis-leaves-animals-in-Kharkiv-zoo-fighting-for-life.html

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    US marine guard shoots another dead at North Carolina base

    Incident at Camp Lejeune follows deaths of four personnel including the shooter at Fort Hood base in Texas

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/09/us-marine-guard-shoots-another-dead-at-north-carolina-base

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    Bill to restore US unemployment insurance likely to deadlock in Congress

    • House speaker says he may not allow vote on measure
    • Senate passed bill to reinstate benefits to two million people

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/08/unemployment-insurance-bill-deadlock-congress

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    Sliver of Medicare Doctors Get Big Share of Payouts

    The data provides an unprecedented look at the practice of medicine across the country, shedding fresh light on the treatment decisions made every day.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/business/sliver-of-medicare-doctors-get-big-share-of-payouts.html

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    GOP Spokesperson Asked What Republicans Are Willing To Do To Close Gender Pay Gap, Comes Up Empty

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/08/3424220/gop-spokesperson-unable-to-say-how-republicans-would-ensure-pay-equity/

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    Welcome To Shawnee, Oklahoma: The Worst City In America To Be Homeless

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/08/3418314/shawnee-homeless/

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    U.S. PRISONS HOME TO TEN TIMES MORE MENTALLY ILL THAN STATE HOSPITALS

    http://alj.am/1hAvvpi

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    The Gun Report: April 8, 2014

    A day in the life of armed America.

    http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/the-gun-report-april-8-2014/

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    Right, of course internal unrest is Obama’s fault. This man is worse than Chavez in the “screws loose” department.
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    Venezuela protests are sign that US wants our oil, says Nicolás Maduro

    In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, Venezuela’s president claims the Obama administration is fomenting unrest with the aim of provoking a Ukraine-style ‘slow-motion’ coup

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/08/venezuela-protests-sign-us-wants-oil-says-nicolas-maduro

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    Dutch priest murdered in his church in the besieged Syrian city of Homs

    Father Francis Van der Lugt had insisted on remaining in Homs during more than three years of war as he worked to keep international attention on the plight of starving residents

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10751067/Dutch-priest-murdered-in-his-church-in-the-besieged-Syrian-city-of-Homs.html

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    UN: Syria drought to deepen food crisis

    UN says unusual lack of rain during this year’s winter could hit crop production and push millions more into hunger.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/04/un-syria-drought-could-put-millions-at-risk-20144963254624727.html

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    Egypt jails four men for gay acts

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26934432

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    Ebola outbreak ‘most challenging’ as Guinea deaths pass 100

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26941698

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    Iran’s choice for UN ambassador threatens to derail nuclear talks

    Tehran defends nomination as senior US lawmakers accuse Hamid Aboutalebi of involvement in 1979 hostage crisis

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/08/iran-ambassador-nuclear-talks-us-hostage-crisis

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    Unforgivable, the country is sliding backwards. So much for Bush and Cheney’s faux “democracy”.
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    Iraq ready to legalise childhood marriage

    Children under nine years old could be legally married and wives forced to comply with sexual demands under newly tabled legislation described by critics as a setback for women’s rights

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10753645/Iraq-ready-to-legalise-childhood-marriage.html

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    Bomb kills 23 in Pakistan’s capital

    Attack on outskirts of Islamabad is the latest blow to faltering hopes of a deal to end years of bloodshed

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/10753986/Bomb-kills-23-in-Pakistans-capital.html

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    Afghanistan’s voters needed patience more than protection

    When polling day finally dawned in Afghanistan, it was mostly peaceful – even a flawed election is better than none

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/08/afghanistan-voters-polling-day-election

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    Ouch! :shock:
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    North Korean official ‘executed by flamethrower’ in renewed purge of supporters for Kim Jong-un’s dead uncle Jang Song-thaek

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/north-korean-official-executed-by-flamethrower-in-renewed-purge-of-supporters-for-kim-jonguns-dead-uncle-jang-songthaek-9246951.html

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    Philippine top court defies church to back birth control

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26938667

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    MH370 missing plane: two more ‘pings’ detected in search for Malaysia Airlines black box

    Head of Australian agency coordinating the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 says two ‘ping’ signals, consistent with black box locator beacons, have been recorded, one lasting for seven minutes

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10753942/MH370-missing-plane-two-more-pings-detected-in-search-for-Malaysia-Airlines-black-box.html

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    Polls open in Indonesian elections

    Indonesians begin voting for national and regional parliamentary representatives ahead of presidential elections later this year

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/indonesia/10753938/Polls-open-in-Indonesian-elections.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    A decennial event occurs every how many years?

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    The leaps of faith that saved a brave few from Auschwitz’s horrors: New study reveals how hundreds of Jews used desperate means to jump from Nazi trains

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-leaps-of-faith-that-saved-a-brave-few-from-auschwitzs-horrors-new-study-reveals-how-hundreds-of-jews-used-desperate-means-to-jump-from-nazi-trains-9247056.html

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    A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Russia loses an army at the Battle of Tannenberg

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/world-history/history-of-the-first-world-war-in-100-moments/a-history-of-the-first-world-war-in-100-moments-russia-loses-an-army-at-the-battle-of-tannenberg-9247186.html

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    101-year-old bottle message: Baltic find reveals my roots, says granddaughter

    Berlin resident Angela Erdmann speaks of unknown grandfather who threw bottle but died six years before she was born

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/08/101-years-message-bottle-baltic-roots-erdmann

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    Good for him. It’s about time.
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    US soldier and Afghan interpreter campaign for US visas

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26858086

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    In pictures: Delhi’s homeless get voting rights

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26921831

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    Monty Python: 10 best sketches

    From dead parrots to upper class twits: as Monty Python announce plans to reunite, we present their 10 best sketches and quotes

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/comedy/comedy-news/10459538/Monty-Python-reunion-10-best-sketches.html

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    HA! Even his bloody paintings are a big fraud.
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    George Bush’s paintings bear uncanny resemblance … to Google images

    Art critics point out that 30 portraits of world leaders appear to have been based on photos thrown up by search engine

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/09/george-bushs-paintings-bear-uncanny-resemblance-to-google-images

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    Adorable!
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    Baby meerkats in Botswana -- in pictures

    Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas got more help than he bargained for when he went to shoot a young family of meerkats in the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana. The new arrivals used the photographer as a look out post before trying their hand at taking pictures.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2014/apr/08/baby-meerkats-in-botswana-in-pictures

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    Pictures of the day: 8 April 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10751519/Pictures-of-the-day-8-April-2014.html

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    Day in pictures: 8 April 2014

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26935630

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    Photo highlights of the day

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2014/apr/08/photo-highlights-of-the-day

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good night/morning, Kalima! We had one of those “open the windows” spring days here in Ohio, too. One thing about having had an awful winter is that you really appreciate spring when it does finally arrive.

      The Fukushima disaster was bad enough, but having fraudsters and con-artists coming out of the woodwork afterward really adds insult to injury. And it’s almost always the elderly who are hit hardest. The scam described in the article was more than just a cruel play on their good will too. There were elements of menacing behavior as well — scaring these people with phone threats about killing their families. Pretty low. I hope there’s some extended time behind bars for these guys.

      When I see the problems the NHS is having with computer security I can only wonder if their firewall protection was outsourced to the lowest bidder. That would fit with the Tory set of priorities. Profits before patients.

      The article on food banks in Britain contained yet another jaw-dropping quote from the extremely dull-witted Lord Freud. (We all remember that last year he claimed that people used food banks, not because they were unable to afford food, but because people just love free stuff and will flock to wherever it’s being handed out.) Here’s his latest:

      Last month Freud admitted people did not turn up “willingly” at food banks but said it was “very hard to know why” they did go.

      Now, Lord Freud… Think very hard, Your Lordship… You can do it, sir… I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

      Do these folks have to have a certificate that verifies that they’ve had a lobotomy before they become part of the British aristocracy?

      I was stunned to see that Iraq was considering legalizing forced child marriages. I put a petition site on the Twitter feed too, in case Planeteers might want to express their opinions about this as the lawmakers in Iraq are voting. Little girls have died from injuries due to this barbaric practice.

      A sobering description of the Battle of Tannenberg in WWI. The Russians really were hit hard there — 30,000 killed or wounded, 90,000 captured and only 10,000 escaped. What a waste of human lives and talents — on both sides.

      Loved the story of the 101 year-old note in a bottle that actually did make it back to the writer’s granddaughter! At the age of 20 (when he threw the bottle into the Baltic Sea) he had no idea he would ever even have a granddaughter, I’m sure. I liked the granddaughter’s advice to younger kids now, though. “Don’t do it. We have enough bottles in the ocean as it is.” :-)

      Today’s trivia: I’m not sure on this one, but I’m going to guess every 10 years?

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes. Being able to open windows again make me feel like a bear waking up from hibernation to stick my face outside for the first time in many months. Glorious feeling. Now where is my food, I’m ravenous? :)

        The elderly are being targeted almost daily here in Japan, and I can’t help wishing for very severe sentences for the criminals as the victims are robbed of their life savings. 2013 showed a record haul by these shysters.

        The NHS is failing hugely in those hospitals that have already seen privatisation which is not surprising in the least. So far everything that has been contracted out since the Tory takeover, is in a shambles with millions being funnelled in to help to support government failures. The list continues to grow as the government shamefully wastes the taxpayers money while making their lives unbearable.

        “No-brain” Freud should meet “Looking-for-a-brain” Ryan, they have a lot in common. Neither has a clue what they are talking about and just don’t know when to stfu.

        The story out of Iraq just stunned me. Instead of moving forward, they return to the barbaric forced child marriages. We should always thank Bush and Cheney for the chaos they have caused this country.

        About the loss of Russian lives in WW1, it just goes to show that countries fail to learn anything from their mistakes and their history. How amazing was that message in a bottle story? Things like that happen so rarely.

        On the trivia answer, open those windows wide, your tiara is on the way. The answer was 10 years and well done.

        Have a peaceful day today if possible, and take care. See you soon.

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  4. monicaangela says:

    Kalima,

    Thanks again for gathering the latest news from around the world. I truly enjoy this with a cup of coffee on Sunday mornings. Is the answer to the quiz question for this morning Tyrian Purple or Tyrian Red?

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    • Kalima says:

      Hello monicaangela, sorry to have missed you.

      I’m glad to hear that I’m bringing something of interest and that you are enjoying it. I post updates once or twice during the week too in case you ever have the time.

      For the trivia question answer, if I go with your first answer purple, then you are correct, so that’s what I’ll do. Well done. :)

      Look forward to seeing you here again. Take care.

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  5. Kalima says:

    Good Morning Everyone. Welcome to your first Sunday in April.

    I’m typing this in semi darkness as a storm rolls in, and have turned off all the lights.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my dull corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs
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    Fallout from the tax rise may hit in surprising ways

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/05/national/fallout-from-the-tax-rise-may-hit-in-surprising-ways/

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    MSDF vessel to strike new North missiles

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/05/national/msdf-vessel-to-strike-new-north-missiles/

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    U.S. to deploy 2 more destroyers to Japan by 2017

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140406p2g00m0in004000c.html

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    The top overpriced products in Japan

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/the-top-overpriced-products-in-japan

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Full bloom

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/full-bloom-3
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    Michael Gove’s bid to limit fallout from failing free schools – revealed

    Secret document for academies minister Lord Nash outlines strategy to ‘step in fast to cut political damage’

    http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/apr/06/michael-gove-failing-free-schools

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    As politicians spend, we all pay the price

    Britain’s leaders escape any punishment for adding to the nation’s debt -- but different rules apply to ordinary taxpayers

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10746501/As-politicians-spend-we-all-pay-the-price.html

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    Wasting public money is so much fun.
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    Parenting scheme a ‘flop’ -- Labour

    Labour dubs a government parenting class scheme a “flop” after just 4% of eligible parents in the pilot areas sign up to it.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-26875470

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    Margaret Thatcher began Britain’s obsession with property. It’s time to end it

    Right to buy helped to turn the UK into a nation that saw houses as something to make money from, not to live in. Now we are at crisis point – and the government must step in

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/06/margaret-thatcher-britains-obsession-property-right-to-buy

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    France pulls out of Rwanda genocide commemorations

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26904627

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    This racist abomination is gaining votes in France? Be afraid, be very afraid.
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    France’s Le Pen: ban non-pork meals in schools

    Leader of France’s far-Right party says schools should not pander to Jewish and Muslim children by offering non-Pork alternatives for lunch

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/10746273/Frances-Le-Pen-ban-non-pork-meals-in-schools.html

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    Hungary election: PM Viktor Orban tipped to win again

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26908404

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    Is Hungary heading for another Viktatorship?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26871728

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    New Evidence: Russian Spies Backed Kiev’s Killers

    Following on a Daily Beast report, Ukrainian authorities say that Russian advisers and ex-President Yanukovych played a direct role in the slaughter of protesters on February 20.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/03/ukraine-fingers-russian-advisors-and-ex-president-yanukovych-in-february-massacre.html

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    Russian ambassadors: ‘next we’ll take Catalonia, Venice, Scotland and Alaska’

    Unauthenticated, expletive-laden recording of pair joking about which countries to annex after Crimea is leaked online

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/04/russian-ambassadors-catalonia-venice-scotland-alaska-annex-crimea

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    Kiev threatens to sue Moscow over gas price

    Dispute could imperil gas deliveries to Western Europe but Ukraine says it will not siphon other countries’ gas.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/04/kiev-threatens-sue-moscow-over-gas-price-201445104639251409.html

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    US finally regains the jobs lost in the recession

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/feedarticle/11281398

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    Paul Ryan Accidentally Reveals The Truth About The GOP’s Obamacare Replacement

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/04/3423235/paul-ryan-admits-republicans-wont-reinstate-popular-parts-of-obamacare/

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    To Strike at Kochs, Democrats Revive Tactic That Hurt Romney

    Democrats are seeking to make villains of the billionaire brothers, whose political organizations have spent more than $30 million on ads so far to help Republicans win control of the Senate.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/us/politics/to-hit-back-at-kochs-democrats-revive-tactic-that-hurt-romney.html?_r=0

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    New Hampshire opponents of death penalty urge repeal with proposed law

    Law would make state, one of nine where repeal efforts are active, the 19th state to abolish capital punishment

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/05/new-hampshire-death-penalty-proposed-law

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    Caracas chaos: Venezuelan general on the run

    Death in the streets, rationing by fingerprints and a general on the run: how oil-rich Venezuela has descended into chaos

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/venezuela/10746775/Caracas-chaos-Venezuelan-general-on-the-run.html

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    Syria crisis: Clashes in Jordan’s Zaatari camp

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26908587

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    Syrian opposition accuses Assad of new poison attack

    The footage of a man laying on a bed and being treated by medics follows an alleged attack took place in Jobar, Damascus

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10743536/Syrian-opposition-accuses-Assad-of-new-poison-attack.html

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    Syria’s grim milestone: the one millionth refugee

    An 18-year-old called Yahya is refugee number 1,000,000 fleeing from war torn Syria

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10743327/Syrias-grim-milestone-the-one-millionth-refugee.html

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    Tribal clashes kill 23 in Egypt

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26901835

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    ‘We are prisoners here’, say migrants at Israel’s desert detention camp

    Human rights activists say Israel should be ashamed of its treatment of asylum seekers at Holot, a holding facility for ‘infiltrators’ deep in the Negev desert

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10743910/We-are-prisoners-here-say-migrants-at-Israels-desert-detention-camp.html

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    Panic as deadly Ebola virus spreads across West Africa

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/panic-as-deadly-ebola-virus-spreads-across-west-africa-9241155.html

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    Peacekeepers in Central African Republic ‘overwhelmed’ says Ban Ki-moon

    Central African Republic is in a ‘state of anarchy’ according to UN Secretary General, with French and African peacekeeping soldiers in need of further assistance

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/centralafricanrepublic/10747572/Peacekeepers-in-Central-African-Republic-overwhelmed-says-Ban-Ki-moon.html

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    Rahul Gandhi faces poll disaster as India is set for historic vote

    Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi given scent of outright victory by opinion polls on eve of India’s general election

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/05/india-general-election-polls-favour-modi

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    Pakistani couple get death sentences for blasphemy

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26901433

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    Defiant Afghans take to the polls despite Taliban threat

    Afghan voters are at the polls in a landmark election held as US-led forces wind down their long intervention in the country

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10746319/Defiant-Afghans-take-to-the-polls-despite-Taliban-threat.html

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    Dozens missing in Solomon Islands flash floods

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26899336

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    Thailand crisis: ‘Red shirts’ warn of civil war threat

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26904622

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    Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Signals heard in Indian Ocean could be missing aircraft’s black box

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-signals-heard-in-indian-ocean-could-be-missing-aircrafts-black-box-9241172.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    What colour ink was traditionally used by Roman emperors to sign important documents?

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    The 1915 Armenian genocide: Finding a fit testament to a timeless crime

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/the-1915-armenian-genocide-finding-a-fit-testament-to-a-timeless-crime-9241154.html

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    India elections: A better future for Indian children lies under the railway arches

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/india-elections-a-better-future-for-indian-children-lies-under-the-railway-arches-9241153.html

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    The sadness behind the Central African Republic’s mango trees

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26817382

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    The forgotten Irish soldiers who fought for Britain in the first world war

    Ireland was on the cusp of the Easter Rising when thousands of Irish men joined up to serve with the British army in the first world war. They returned to an utterly changed country; they were officially forgotten. This is one man’s story

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/05/irish-soldiers-who-fought-for-britain

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    Anja Niedringhaus 1965 -- 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/10746997/Anja-Niedringhaus-1965-2014.html

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    In pictures: Anja Niedringhaus’ works

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26890982

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    Newsha Tavakolian’s portraits of Iran’s middle-class youth – in pictures

    “When I shot these images, it was a dark time in Iran’s history,” says Newsha Tavakolian. “It was a time of extreme pressure on the public, especially on the youth, who were all struggling under the imposed restrictions.” Curious about the isolated lives of the middle-class youth in Tehran, Tavakolian staged images based on the real stories of her friends and neighbours to depict a society that the photographer believes is often reduced to exaggerated stereotypes in western media, and to give a more accurate portrayal of “normal people” in Iran

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/apr/06/newsha-tavakolian-photographs-iran-middle-class-youth-in-pictures#/?picture=433750799&index=1

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    Hilarious!
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    ‘Get your arse out, mate’: we turn the tables on everyday sexism – video

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/apr/04/everyday-sexism-turn-tables-women-men-video

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    Animal photos of the week: 4 April 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/earth/10744432/Animal-photos-of-the-week.html

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    The week in pictures: 4 April 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/10745078/The-week-in-pictures-4-April-2014.html

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    Week in pictures: 29 March -- 4 April

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26856514

    The 20 photographs of the week

    In this week’s gallery of the best photojournalism from the week, we pay tribute to regular contributor Anja Niedringhaus. The Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer was killed this week covering the presidential election in Afghanistan. She worked in the conflict areas of the Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya from where she always displayed compassionate and courageous photojournalism

    http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/gallery/2014/apr/05/observer-20-photographs-anja-niedringhaus

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good evening/morning, Kalima! Rain is back in our forecast too — for tomorrow. Well, at least we got a brief respite over the weekend. I’ll take it!

      That consumption tax increase in Japan is really something, isn’t it? I knew it had gone up, but I didn’t realize that it had gone from 5% to 8%! Now there’s pressure from the government on businesses to pass on increased costs to customers, and pressure from customers on businesses to do just the opposite, if I’m understanding the article correctly. Some folks are really getting squeezed in the middle, I’m sure. Meanwhile — consumers buy less, and that causes prices to go down — which ironically lowers tax revenue!

      Marine Le Pen is such a witch. Why does it matter to her what Muslim or Jewish kids eat for lunch? So the choice she wants to offer them is: eat pork or eat nothing for school lunches? How compassionate — just like so many on the far right.

      The fact that Farage and this woman and Viktor Orban (of Hungary) are on the ascendancy is really worrisome. They all have these common traits of hyper-nationalism, xenophobia, and hostility toward all things liberal. Is this some sort of fear-reaction to rapidly changing cultural and economic circumstances around the world?

      On a “lighter” (? questionably) note — there’s that phone call, allegedly between two Russian diplomats. I have to admit that the notion of a Russian invasion of “Miamiland” brings some pretty amusing images to mind. Do you suppose that for a few rubles more, they could be induced to take all of Florida, including Rick Scott? My guess is that Florida elections would probably be a lot fairer and more democratic than they are now.

      Interesting article on the Democratic strategy of “villainizing the Koch brothers.” The only trouble is, the Dems don’t really have to do anything. The Kochs villainize themselves. Because they are villains. So it isn’t really a strategy. It’s just telling the truth.

      Such a fascinating story of the Irish Catholic WWI veteran. After all that he went through, when he got back to Ireland he was not welcomed at all. The fact that he had “fought for the British” overshadowed everything. How he would have been able to relate to so many Viet Nam vets if he could have seen into the future. Sadly his life ended the way some of theirs did — in suicide. Probably due to PTSD and the recent loss of his wife. If only we could learn from history…

      Speaking of history: today’s trivia — the color of the ink….hmmmm…I think I’m going to go with purple on this one. Somehow pink just doesn’t seem like a very “imperial” color.

      Oh — almost forgot! A big thank you for the wonderful collection of photos by Anja Niedringhaus. She really was brilliant.

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes. Thanks for popping in on what I know was a busy day for you. Hang in there, your forecast for Thursday is windy but a heady 19C. Yay!!

        The 8% consumption tax is already making itself felt. People we know are giving up buying things they have bought for years instead of paying the extra tax, and I believe that is happening with the majority of people. The few rich won’t even notice the change, but they don’t make a big percentage of consumers here.

        From my own experience, some prices are already coming down on some things, so how will that boost Abe’s economy??

        The European Far Right is a dangerous animal, and I’m hoping they will overstep and go haywire like The Golden Dawn did in Greece. Sooner or later these racist fanatics go too far, that will be the beginning of the end for them. The sooner the better.

        I’m sure the Russians could be persuaded to take Florida, the TP and Rick (crook ) Scott if you throw in free rides in Disney World for life.

        Yes the story of the Irish soldier fighting for Britain was heartbreaking. This hate of people from other countries lasting for generations is nothing new to me either as you know from my childhood. What happened to him was a tragedy. A man made tragedy.

        I was delighted to be able to post links to so many tributes to Anja Niederinghaus. Her wonderful photos showed her strength, her conviction, and her compassion for her subjects. Great work, and a great loss to journalism.

        Your answer to the trivia question is correct. It was indeed the colour purple.

        Take care and a peaceful day to you. See you again soon.

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    Good Morning Everyone.

    Bright and sunny day here in Tokyo today which is good as it turns into rain for tomorrow and Friday.

    Spring is here it seems but with the high windows in our living room you can never tell because you would need a stool to look out of them.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my late afternoon corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Only one-third of nation’s nuclear reactors may be restarted: analysis

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/04/02/national/only-one-third-of-nations-nuclear-reactors-may-be-restarted-analysis/#.UzupJlyVvoA

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    Kyushu Electric becomes 2nd nuclear operator to seek gov’t aid

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/kyushu-electric-becomes-2nd-nuclear-operator-to-seek-govt-aid

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    Some Fukushima residents returning home as gov’t lifts evacuation order

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140401p2a00m0na012000c.html

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    Spring in Japan: beautiful blossoms and hay fever misery

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/spring-in-japan-beautiful-blossoms-and-hay-fever-misery

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    No-go zone

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/no-go-zone
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Privatisation. The Tories “wet dream”.
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    New NHS chief angers unions with praise for private sector innovation

    Unite says Simon Stevens’s comments demonstrate his and government’s shared agenda to draw in private providers

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/01/nhs-chief-simon-stevens-private-innovation

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    LETTERS

    NHS fees plan is a turning point in privatisation

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/01/nhs-fees-plan-turning-point-privatisation

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    The reason being that he wants to build more even uglier and dangerous nuclear reactor plants.
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    David Cameron could make manifesto pledge to get ‘rid’ of wind farms

    A senior source close to the Prime Minister has said the Conservative leader wants to go into the next election pledging to curb the number of wind turbines across the countryside.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/energy/windpower/10737980/David-Cameron-could-make-manifesto-pledge-to-get-rid-of-wind-farms.html

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    Let’s be honest, Nigel is a buffoon about everything. Don’t believe me? Just look at the picture.
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    Nigel Farage is a buffoon for admiring Vladimir Putin

    The Ukip leader -- the Kremlin’s favourite British politician -- is becoming increasingly ridiculous and offensive

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/10737184/Nigel-Farage-is-a-buffoon-for-admiring-Vladimir-Putin.html

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    Italian troops sent into Naples’ ‘Triangle of Death’ to stop mafia wars over illegal waste disposal

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/italian-troops-sent-into-naples-triangle-of-death-to-stop-mafia-wars-over-illegal-waste-disposal-9231115.html

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    Ukraine crisis: Poland asks Nato to station 10,000 troops on its territory

    Nato is divided over demands from Poland and the Baltic states for a permanent deployment of the Alliance’s troops to defend them from Russia

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10737838/Ukraine-crisis-Poland-asks-Nato-to-station-10000-troops-on-its-territory.html

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    Ukraine crisis: No sign Russian troops are withdrawing from border, says Nato chief

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-no-sign-russian-troops-withdrawing-from-border-says-nato-chief-9228411.html

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    Obama touts high healthcare enrolment after deadline

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26839631

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    Yawn!!
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    Paul Ryan’s Budget Makes Wild New Claims About Obamacare

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/01/3421405/paul-ryan-health-care-omg/

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    Mr. Ryan’s Faith-Based Budget

    The budget resolution for 2015 will probably get full support from House Republicans, but voters should look closely at the details.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/02/opinion/mr-ryans-faith-based-budget.html

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    Good Lord, get the straightjacket!!
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    After 7 Million Americans Sign Up For Obamacare, Fox News Insists ‘No One’ Opposed Some Of Its Provisions

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/04/01/3421871/obama-fox/

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    Koch Brothers Quietly Seek To Ban New Mass Transit In Tennessee

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/01/3421088/koch-brothers-tennessee/

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    Who cares about the value of work?
    By E.J. Dionne Jr

    http://m.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ej-dionne-jr-who-cares-about-the-value-of-work/2014/03/30/ffac15ae-b77f-11e3-b84e-897d3d12b816_story.html

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    Outrageous!!! Send him to jail where he belongs.
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    DuPont heir Robert H Richards dodges prison after raping three-year old daughter because he wouldn’t ‘fare well’ in jail

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/dupont-heir-robert-h-richards-dodges-prison-after-raping-threeyear-old-daughter-because-he-wouldnt-fare-well-in-jail-9228217.html

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    Far-Right Texas Terrorist Planned Murder And Robbery Spree in the Name of ‘Liberty’

    Recruiting militants via Facebook is an amateur move, but the arrest of a right-wing extremist is a reminder that most terror plots in the U.S. have nothing to do with al Qaeda.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/01/far-right-texas-terrorist-planned-murder-and-robbery-spree-in-the-name-of-liberty.html

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    About time someone sued this lying creep.
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    Glenn Beck sued by man he wrongly accused of being the ‘money man’ behind the Boston Marathon bombings

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/glenn-beck-sued-by-man-he-wrongly-accused-of-being-the-money-man-behind-the-boston-marathon-bombings-9228079.html

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    Chile earthquake: rush to evacuate coast after tsunami warning -- live

    The powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake has sparked a tsunami warning for Peru and Ecuador and evacuations in Chile. All the latest updates

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/chile/10738402/Chile-earthquake-rush-to-evacuate-coast-after-tsunami-warning-live.html

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    Syria civil war ‘kills over 150,000 people’ in three years

    Syria death toll ‘passes 150,000′ three years after start of devastating conflict – including 8,000 children

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10737682/Syria-civil-war-kills-over-150000-people-in-three-years.html

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    Turkish police use water cannon in Ankara as voters demand recount

    Thousands protest over results of local elections in which Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s AK party kept control of capital and Istanbul

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/01/turkey-water-cannon-protests-ankara-erdogan

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    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s moves to join UN-affiliated international organisations threatens to destroy Middle East peace process

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/palestinian-president-mahmoud-abbass-moves-to-join-unaffiliated-international-organisations-threatens-to-destroy-middle-east-peace-process-9231201.html

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    Huh?? :shock:
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    Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-declares-all-atheists-are-terrorists-in-new-law-to-crack-down-on-political-dissidents-9228389.html

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    Nigeria suicide attack ‘kills 21′ near Maiduguri

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26846272

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    Guinea’s Ebola outbreak: what is the virus and what’s being done?

    Guinea faces an epidemic of a ‘magnitude never before seen’, with nearly 80 deaths so far. So what’s being done to stop its spread?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/01/guinea-ebola-outbreak-whats-being-done-explained

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    Afghanistan election candidates raise fears over widespread fraud

    Concerns there will be a repeat of the cheating that marred the 2009 poll, when more than 1m votes were disqualified

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/01/afghanistan-election-candidates-predict-fraud

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    He starts the aggression and blames everyone else.
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    Kim Jong-un warns of ‘very grave’ situation on Korean peninsula

    Kim blamed Washington and Seoul for the current frictions, saying they had trampled on peace overtures from Pyongyang

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10738406/Kim-Jong-un-warns-of-very-grave-situation-on-Korean-peninsula.html

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    Seoul examines ‘North Korea drone’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26835228

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    MH370: UK submarine joins search for missing plane

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-26845118

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    Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Transcript shows last words from cockpit were not ‘all right, good night’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/missing-malaysia-flight-mh370-last-words-from-cockpit-were-not-all-right-good-night-9227367.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s Question.

    How many years did it take the world’s population to grow from six billion to seven billion people?

    Hint: More than 9 and less than 13.

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    Inside America’s $2bn immigrant detention industry

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26843600

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    The man who went looking for freedom

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26838177

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    Veiled Truths

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/29/opinion/sunday/exposures-veiled-truths-essay.html

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    Stop forcing veg down our throats

    Despite the failure of the five-a-day message, policymakers are determined to pursue an individual remedy for a collective ill

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/02/forcing-veg-throat-five-a-day

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    US student Kwasi Enin is first to successfully apply for places at all eight Ivy League universities

    http://www.independent.co.uk/student/news/student-kwasi-enin-accepted-by-every-single-ivy-league-university-9229963.html

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    Christina Broom, Britain’s first female press photographer

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26837357

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    Pictures of the day: 1 April 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10736051/Pictures-of-the-day-1-April-2014.html

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    Day in pictures: 1 April 2014

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26832647

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    Photo highlights of the day

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2014/apr/01/photo-highlights-of-the-day

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good night/morning, Kalima! Two phone calls after I started to comment on today’s MB, here I am — the only trouble being that “today” is already practically tomorrow! ;-)

      We all saw the Tory plan to privatize the NHS in Britain quite a while ago, from a mile away. In fact, the Tory modus operandi in all these situations is now getting to be painfully familiar and obvious. They choose an institution that has served the public pretty well. Then they cut funding to it. Then they watch as the institution goes into a predictable downward spiral. Next they blame the institution for being a “failure,” and insist that the private sector can do the same job cheaper and more efficiently. And then they privatize it. I suppose that could be called “anti-socialism.” It certainly is anti-social.

      Isn’t it strange that the windmills that have been in Holland for centuries are considered scenic tourist attractions, and yet David Cameron feels obliged to make sure that England doesn’t have any wind power “because it’s so unsightly”? I’m sure it couldn’t possibly have a thing to do with his plans to frack the daylights out of the whole country, as you mentioned… ;-)

      That picture of Nigel Farage looks like a still from a Monty Python episode. He manages to accomplish the feat of looking hateful and idiotic at the same time — not easy. I did disagree with one comment the author made, though. When he mentioned that Farage and his idol Putin “really have very little in common.” He added: “The Russian leader, for all his faults, is intensely serious and is never a buffoon.” I don’t think I would say that. Putin has played the buffoon many times — from posing bare chested on a horse to “discovering” ancient pottery in two feet of water.

      Next thing you know FOX News will be calling Obamacare “FOXCare” or “Murdochcare” or “Kochcare” and claiming that they personally got it up and running over the President’s strident objections.

      The story of the Du Pont heir who received only probation for the rape of his toddler children is just appalling. “He wouldn’t fare well in prison”? And how did his children “fare,” you have to wonder? Why is the U.S. prison system acceptable for minority people, but intolerable for a wealthy white man? This is a story of a corrupt court and a barbaric prison system, and I hope we don’t let the issue just fade away into the mists of the national short attention span.

      I was so heartened to see that Glenn Beck is being sued for defamation of character. And I can’t deny I hope he loses — big time. To the tune of millions of dollars. Since this charlatan lives and dies for money, that will be the only way to get his attention.

      Now today’s trivia: Since I have no idea, I think I’ll stick with odd numbers and guess 11? :-)

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes, you must have a sore ear from all those phone calls you get.

        As soon as Cameron proclaimed that his idol was Thatcher, we knew what we were in for, and he hasn’t disappointed. The bottom is falling out of the U.K. and we are sinking.

        They planned to finish what Thatcher had started with the NHS, destroy it by withholding funds, and give know nothing private companies the chance to finish the job for them.

        No more wind farms because they produce too much power. So what happens to those poor oil corporations and those nuclear energy giants?

        I had to laugh out loud at your Monty Python comparison to Nasty Little Nigel. That ridiculous dopey smile on his face reminds me of a drooling infant who has just dumped a load in his nappy. If he wasn’t such a weirdo leading an even weirder party, I would laugh every time I see him. Yesterday a former leader of Ukip wrote that Farage doesn’t have what it takes to lead a party. We already know that, the man has more than a few screws loose.

        The rich Du Pont heir not going to jail for raping his three year old daughter just shows how justice is not served.

        Glenn Beck having to pay out millions in damages? How absolutely wonderful and fitting. Fingers crossed.

        The trivia answer is actually 12 years, but because we both know just how short one year can be, I’m going to give it to you. :)

        Have a peaceful day and I’ll see you soon.

        Take care.

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    Good Morning Everyone!

    Miserable old rainy day here in Tokyo. The tribes had the right idea and have slept most of the day while I cooked Sunday lunch and cleaned up their messes.

    Have a good Sunday wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my dull, dark afternoon corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs
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    Shimane assembly rejects citizens’ call to phase out nuclear power

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/29/national/shimane-assembly-rejects-citizens-call-to-phase-out-nuclear-power/#.Uze4cVyVsfE

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    Japan Fukushima nuclear worker dies in mudslide

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140329p2g00m0dm025000c.html

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    Thanks, raising the consumption tax just wasn’t enough?
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    Utility rates to reach record highs in May

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/29/national/utility-rates-to-reach-record-highs-in-may/#.UzfeO1yVsfE

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    ‘MacArthur Road’ opens in Tokyo

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/29/national/macarthur-road-opens-in-tokyo/#.Uze34lyVsfE

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    Samurai grooming tips that kept Japan’s warriors looking their bushido best

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/arts-culture/view/samurai-grooming-tips-that-kept-japans-warriors-looking-their-bushido-best

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Early start

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/early-start
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    David Cameron welcomes first gay marriages

    Prime Minister says change to the law on same-sex marriage is in keeping with Britain’s proudest traditions -- but poll suggests it will cost Tories votes

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10730806/David-Cameron-welcomes-first-gay-marriages.html

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    And people who have lived there all their lives for generations have to look at this instead of the beautiful views from their windows. Awful!!
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    Builders ‘churning out same old boxes’, says Kevin McCloud

    Builders are using relaxed planning rules to build “enormous slabs of thousands of box-like” homes in towns and villages as though they were “dropped out of a C130 Hercules”, according to the presenter of television programme Grand Designs

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/greenpolitics/planning/10731464/Builders-churning-out-same-old-boxes-says-Kevin-McCloud.html

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    Good question because mine could go up as high as another 100% more any time the council wants to do it.
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    Why do we pay more council tax than oligarchs in Knightsbridge palaces?

    The unwillingness to charge appropriate amounts of council tax on the properties of the super-wealthy is inexplicable. Some London boroughs could multiply their top rate by more than 100

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/29/why-do-we-pay-more-council-tax-than-knightsbridge-oligarchs

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    Friends: The One With The Rapping Cabinet

    Inspired by Michael Gove’s recent performance, Dave and friends take it in turns to see who’s got the most electorally appealing rhymes

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10730754/Friends-The-One-With-The-Rapping-Cabinet.html

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    A child’s guide to Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen and why they scare me

    Out of Europe: Both Nigel and Marine had good weeks. But are their parties the stuff of nightmare, or will they fade in an economic dawn?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/a-childs-guide-to-nigel-farage-and-marine-le-pen-and-why-they-scare-me-9223571.html

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    French refuse to join backers of EU reform

    France repeats doubts as David Cameron celebrates securing German support for ‘two-speed’ Europe

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10730882/French-refuse-to-join-backers-of-EU-reform.html

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    Are those voters nuts or just racists like the leader?
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    French Front National eyes real power after startling gains in local elections

    The FN already has a new mayor and could end up in control of five towns or cities after a strong showing at the polls, with Marine Le Pen declaring 2014 ‘year zero’ for French politics

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/30/front-national-marine-le-pen-french-local-elections

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    Ukraine crisis: Kerry and Lavrov in push for solution

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26803688

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    Ukraine: Vitali Klitschko pulls out of presidential race

    Opposition politician Vitali Klitschko has thrown his weight behind chocolate magnate Petro Poroshenko, in bid to avoid splitting vote in favour of Yulia Tymoshenko

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10731314/Ukraine-Vitali-Klitschko-pulls-out-of-presidential-race.html

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    12 Times Republicans Claimed Nobody Would Sign Up For Obamacare

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/27/3420096/the-worst-predictions-about-obamacare-these-numbers-are-abysmal/

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    Washington mudslide: America’s under-reported tragedy

    A community has been wiped out and dozens have died, but coverage of the disaster in Washington state has been curiously quiet, reports Raf Sanchez

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10731626/Washington-mudslide-Americas-under-reported-tragedy.html

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    Earthquake shakes Los Angeles suburbs -- video report

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2014/mar/29/earthquake-shakes-los-angeles-suburbs-video

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    New G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States

    Already, nine states, under Republican control, have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/30/us/new-gop-bid-to-limit-voting-in-swing-states.html

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    Florida Botches Lastest Effort To Purge Voter Rolls

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/28/3420293/florida-suspends-another-error-riddled-voter-purge/

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    The Skills Zombie by Paul Krugman

    Another serious-sounding wrong idea.

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/29/the-skills-zombie/

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    Venezuela death toll rises amid new protests

    Two more deaths linked to demonstrations, according to government, taking total during weeks of protests to 39.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2014/03/venezuela-death-toll-rises-amid-new-protests-201432921437393257.html

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    Syria: the jihadi town where ‘brides’ are snatched from schools

    Once liberal bastion Raqqa was over-run by al-Qaeda group before secular rebels launched a fight back

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10731665/Syria-the-jihadi-town-where-brides-are-snatched-from-schools.html

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    Syria: Inside an Al Qaeda prison

    Former prisoner shows The Telegraph around the jihadi-run prison in northern Syria where he was held and tortured

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10701244/Syria-Inside-an-Al-Qaeda-prison.html

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    Soldiers killed by Lebanon car bomb

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26805050

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    Erdogan’s name and face dominate as Turkey heads to the polls

    The prime minister is not even standing in Sunday’s local elections, but in the divided capital the talk is of no one else

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/29/erdogan-dominate-turkey-polls-local-elections

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    Egypt: History repeating itself?

    What attracts Egyptians to military leaders -- even at the expense of democratic freedoms?

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insideegypt/2014/03/egypt-history-repeating-itself-20143291754121250.html

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    Libya poised to retake oil ports from rebels in move that could split country

    Rebels blockading ports in the eastern province of Cyrenaica say they will form a breakaway state if government forces attack

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/28/libya-poised-retake-oil-ports-rebels-split-country

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    UN: Over one million displaced by South Sudan conflict

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26798721

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    The US is paying the cost of supporting the House of Saud as cracks begin to appear

    World View: It has helped to restore authoritarian rule in the Middle East, but the costs are becoming clear

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/the-us-is-paying-the-cost-of-supporting-the-house-of-saud-as-cracks-begin-to-appear-9223659.html

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    Taliban launch attack on Afghanistan’s electoral commission building

    Afghanistan’s electoral commission building has been attacked by suicide bombers, as part of an increasingly violent campaign to thwart the presidential election -- with one week to go until the vote

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/afghanistan/10731195/Taliban-launch-attack-on-Afghanistans-electoral-commission-building.html

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    Malaysia flight MH370: Chinese families ‘seek answers’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26806791

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    My main concern since I read about the spotting of debris was what if this was the missing one mile island of debris from our 2011 triple disaster?
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    Search for missing Malaysia Airlines plane: is this the wreckage of flight MH370?

    Terrorist theories grow as it is confirmed that international security services are involved in the search for missing flight MH370

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10732433/Search-for-missing-Malaysia-Airlines-plane-is-this-the-wreckage-of-flight-MH370.html

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    Burma census bans people registering as Rohingya

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26807239
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    What is the minimum age a person can legally get married in the US state of Oregon?

    HINT: Far too young.

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    African women making progress in battle for equal rights

    Though sexual discrimination remains widespread in Africa, a study of 34 countries reveals growing support for women’s rights

    http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/mar/28/african-women-progress-equality-afrobarometer-report-2014

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    Afghan notebook: A voice silenced

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26754382

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    Antique photographs show the history of race in black and white

    From a white man in ‘blackface’ to a black Union soldier and an am-dram society dressed as a lynch mob, Mirror of Race’s collection reveals a forgotten world of US race relations

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2014/mar/28/antique-photographs-history-race-black-white-us-america

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    Shocking images from America’s race war – in pictures

    A new project uses vintage photography to explore race in US history. From mock lynch mobs to Ku Klux Klan members and people in ‘blackface’, here are some of the most astonishing – and disturbing – images from America in the 1800s

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/mar/28/mirror-race-america-slavery-19th-century-pictures

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    Concern as Brunei brings in system of Islamic law with punishments that include the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/concern-as-brunei-brings-in-system-of-islamic-law-with-punishments-that-include-the-dismemberment-of-limbs-and-stoning-to-death-9223633.html

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    Man Who Raised Money For Organ Donation Dies, Is Rejected As Donor Because He Was Gay

    http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2014/03/28/3420274/gay-organ-donor/

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    Good Lord!! Pun intended.
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    Eight-year-old girl Sunnie Kahle pulled out of a Christian school ‘for being too much like a boy’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/eightyearold-girl-sunnie-kahle-pulled-out-of-a-christian-school-for-being-too-much-like-a-boy-9223166.html

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    Audio Slideshow

    The lost pictures of Lewis, Scotland -- audio slideshow

    A look at the recently rediscovered photograph plates by Norman Morrison that give a unique insight into the lives of Edwardians living in the Hebrides.

    The photographs are reproduced courtesy of Comann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar (The West Side of the Isle of Lewis Historical Society), based in Shawbost’s Old School, and can be seen in the community museum

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/audioslideshow/2014/feb/23/photography-scotland-hebrides

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    Medieval graffiti -- in pictures

    Thousands of examples of medieval graffiti have been found to survive in more than 65% of East Anglia’s old churches – everything from prayers and ships to architectural plans, demons and ritual protection marks

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/mar/29/medieval-graffiti-pictures-lydgate

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    In pictures: ‘More than Meth’- the shocking physical effects of drug abuse

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/howaboutthat/10724652/In-pictures-More-than-Meth-the-shocking-physical-effects-of-drug-abuse.html

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    Animal photos of the week: 28 March 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/earth/10729441/Animal-photos-of-the-week.html

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    The week in pictures: 28 March 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/10729439/The-week-in-pictures-28-March-2014.html

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    Week in pictures: 22-28 March 2014

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26783490

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good night/morning, dear Kalima! I really do share your frustration with the dreaded (and increasingly common) newspaper paywalls. I found that even the venerable Japan Times has joined the Telegraph (and often the Independent) in putting them up when I tried to read articles today. I have to wonder if this will be a good policy for these papers over the long run.

      That was quite an eye-opening article on the council taxes in the UK. Not the fact that they exist — but the fact that the wealthy actually pay LESS in council (property) taxes than the poor. The author noted that the corrupt Ukrainian Akhmetov’s council tax bill totaled 1353 pounds, which is less than what the vast majority of British homeowners pay, if I’m not mistaken.

      The “Child’s Guide to Nigel Forage and Marine le Pen” was witty and really informative. The last paragraph was the best:

      But should we be scared? Yes or No.

      Yes. Imagine a future in which the EU has collapsed. France is run, behind closed doors, by an aggressive nationalist. So, possibly, are other European countries, even Germany. We already have a far-right leader in Europe. Look at the problems that he is causing. His name is Vladimir Putin.

      It was pretty amusing to read about the 12 different times that Obamacare care was pronounced dead by the GOPTP. Especially now that enrollment is climbing up to nearly 7,000,000. (I love typing all those zeroes!)

      A wonderful Krugman article — as always. He nailed it when he said that what the right doesn’t want to recognize is that “terrible problems might have easy answers.” In the case of the U.S. economy that easy answer is to put more spending power in the hands of the American public. Increase the minimum wage, restore food stamp allotments, extend unemployment, etc., etc. Thank you, Mr. Krugman!

      Those photos of the Klan era in the old South are haunting — some of them really disturbing. But the photo of Frederick Douglass was amazing. I know it’s very superficial of me to say it, but — he was an exceptionally handsome man.

      Now the people in the “meth photos”… Well, that’s another story. It’s such a horrible drug. When I was still working at the hospital we would get meth addicts as patients. They really do look like those pictures. And they were so difficult to take care of. Not because they were “bad people,” but because they seemed so tormented and restless. They were so fidgety and distracted that it was difficult to have a sustained conversation with them. Meth is possibly the most destructive drug out there, imho.

      Now — today’s trivia: “I have no idea” is starting to come all too naturally to my typing fingers! :lol: So I’ll guess — 14?

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes, remember if you really want to read something and they block you, let me know and I’ll send it to you.

        The council tax for those rich buggers in London is obscene. I pay that for a small house in the country, so how is this fair when I’m not even living there?

        The article about “Nasty Little Nigel” and that awful woman Le Pen was funny but considering that the story underneath pointed to increasing power to the FR National Front in France, and the nuts who believe the British TP Ukip to be an alternative to vote for next year, it was darned scary too.

        Well the Repubs are amazingly clueless about what the American people want, they are wrong about everything they put their stinking hands on.

        Yes Krugman’s got it right once again and the other side call him a socialist not knowing what it means of course, and just because to them it sound insulting. Idiots!!

        Those “meths photos” were just hard to look at, as were those old photos of America during the early Klan era. Sometimes it seems that the South never grew out of it. Shameful!!

        The trivia answer was actually 17 which I still I believe is still far too young.

        Hope you have some warmer weather coming soon, and that you have a peaceful day today.

        Thanks for stopping by and see you soon.

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    • monicaangela says:

      Good Morning Kalima,

      This is excellent, I could stay here for hours using the information you have posted to help keep myself up to date on issues that are happening around the world. I would truly love a format where discussion on each article you present can be done say right after the article or maybe better said between articles. I love the week in pictures section, excellent. I will continue to follow your blog, I sure hope the payboards improve so that we can be treated to this at least bi-weekly.

      OT/Say hello to Andy for me when you see him, and tell him I look forward to reading his new book.

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello monicaangela, what a treat to find you here. Glad that you found stories of interest and that you enjoyed them.

        We do discuss certain articles here, especially with kes who drops by daily, and if there is something that catches your eye, feel free to give your opinion in your comment. If you check down the page you will see that kes does it most of the time.

        I think I need to explain things about MB. I update now at least three times a week, and it’s always at the top of the thread. Only the actual date on my post does not change until I write a new one because I’ve reached my comment level limit.

        The paywall business will only get worse. At the moment I’m already paying monthly for three. When you have read the monthly limit of 20 articles, they block you from reading more unless you pay their monthly subscription fee, and I am not prepared yet to pay for more. That’s why I can’t do it every day.

        Please drop in whenever you have time and I’ll try my best to post as often as I can. Great to find you here, and even better to know that you share my interest in what is happening around the globe. :)

        I don’t have any direct contact with Andy for some time now, but was glad to hear about his new book.

        Take care and look forward to seeing you here again.

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        • monicaangela says:

          Thanks for responding to my comment Kalima, sorry to hear you are not in direct contact with Andy, I guess I am a little out of the loop regarding his whereabouts myself. Enough said on that subject, tell me, is there a way I can pay for some of the subscriptions for you? I enjoyed being able to find all of that information in one place, and would love to continue to do so. Let me know how I would be able to help you if that is possible. Let me know.

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          • Kalima says:

            Hello monicaangela.

            Firstly thank you for your kind offer but I couldn’t accept it. I’ve been doing MB since November 2009, and consider it my responsibility, so when my few remaining news sources start to block access, and enough people are still reading here, I would be prepared to pay for the subscriptions to keep bringing world news to The Planet. In the meantime, I will carry on doing updates about three times a week.

            Again thank you so much for your generous offer, that was very kind of you.

            Take care and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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  8. Kalima says:

    Good Morning everyone.

    Well I suppose that Spring is here although in my neighbourhood it’s hard to tell because all of the trees I used to love have gone. Gathering from the photo I posted of a cherry tree in bloom in Tokyo, it must be. It used to be so much fun.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my late afternoon corner in Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    142 workers’ radiation exposure higher than reported by TEPCO

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140326p2g00m0dm051000c.html

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    Fukushima fishermen OK water discharge

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/25/national/fukushima-fishermen-ok-water-discharge/

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    Huh? Isn’t that for family members to decide?
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    Government plans to cut number of elderly kept alive on feeding tubes

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/25/national/government-plans-to-cut-number-of-elderly-kept-alive-on-feeding-tubes/#.UzJpFO8azCQ

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    EDITORIAL

    ‘Abenomics’ after the tax hike

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/03/25/editorials/abenomics-after-the-tax-hike/

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    Fukushima nuclear workers’ life gets recorded as manga

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/lifestyle/view/fukushima-nuclear-workers-life-gets-recorded-as-manga

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Spring time

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/spring-time
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Cuts have left 250,000 older people without state care, report says

    Report warns there is no way of assessing the true impact that social care cuts are having on vulnerable older people

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/26/cuts-vulnerable-older-people-without-state-social-care

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    The NHS fraud story would be terrible, if it were true

    The evidence of fraud is weak but the damage is done: the health service is made to look like an impossible dream

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/25/nhs-fraud-story-terrible-if-true

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    Tea Party Mike.
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    Damning Ofsted reports into academy chain schools heap pressure on Michael Gove

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/education/education-news/damning-ofsted-reports-into-academy-chain-schools-heap-pressure-on-michael-gove-9215332.html

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    Sound familiar?
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    Tories make ethnic minority voters feel like they are a mistake, MP says

    Conservative MP Mark Field calls on party to drop migration target and soften rhetoric, as growing numbers of ethnic minority voters shun Tories

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10721797/Tories-make-ethnic-minority-voters-feel-like-they-are-a-mistake-MP-says.html

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    Let me finish his sentence. “Fracking is good for the U.K. and the greedy buggers, but deadly for the public, the water supply, and the environment”.
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    Fracking ‘good for the UK’, says David Cameron

    Prime minister claims that people’s concerns about shale gas will abate once a few wells are up and running

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/26/fracking-good-for-uk-cameron

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    Dutch far-right fall out of favour

    Anti-Moroccan comments made by Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders spark defections, outrage and mass protests.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/03/dutch-far-right-geert-wilders-anti-moroccan-2014324104527777302.html

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    They should have their licence for running a zoo revoked.
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    Copenhagen Zoo that killed Marius the giraffe puts down four healthy lions

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/copenhagen-zoo-kills-four-lions-despite-outcry-over-death-of-marius-the-giraffe-9215375.html

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    Right! If you are anti-Putin you must be insane. :shock:
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    Russian protester’s sentence of indefinite psychiatric treatment upheld

    Mikhail Kosenko was convicted in October on charges of rioting and assaulting a police officer at anti-Putin protest in 2012

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/sentence-indefinite-psychiatric-treatment-protester-mikhail-kosenko

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    Russian-majority areas watch Moscow’s post-Crimea moves

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26713975

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    Ukraine’s defence chief resigns as troops leave Crimea

    Country’s defence minister says ‘I will not cling to my post’ after coming under criticism for failing to order Ukrainian forces to withdraw

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10722676/Ukraines-defence-chief-resigns-as-troops-leave-Crimea.html

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    Barack Obama: Russia is a regional power showing weakness over Ukraine

    President rejects claims Russia is a principal foe, saying actions in Ukraine an expression of vulnerability rather than strength

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/barack-obama-russia-regional-power-ukraine-weakness

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    US mudslide: death toll rises to 24

    Rescue teams recover two bodies and locate another eight in the debris

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10723202/US-mudslide-death-toll-rises-to-24.html

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    BP refinery leaks oil into Lake Michigan near Chicago

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-26744117

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    Koch Brothers Invade Tiny Iron County, Wisconsin

    A mining town of 6,000 people isn’t too small for billionaires to mess with to get their way. Inside the race bringing in big money.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/25/koch-brothers-invade-tiny-iron-county-wisconsin.html

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    There are no words.
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    The US state that’s decided it’s alright to bring your gun to church

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/the-us-state-thats-decided-its-alright-to-bring-your-gun-to-church-9215376.html

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    Kansas can strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding, court rules

    Federal appeals court has ruled that state can strip Planned Parenthood clinics of federal family planning money

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/kansas-planned-parenthood-federal-funding-court

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    Don’t Believe the Rand Paul Hipster Hype
    by Michael Tomasky

    The likely GOP presidential candidate has anti-surveillance state libertarianism in common with Millennials. But that’s about all.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/24/rand-paul-for-hipsters.html

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    What America Isn’t, Or Anyway Wasn’t by Paul Krugman

    Guess who pioneered “confiscatory” taxation?

    http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/25/what-america-isnt-or-anyway-wasnt/

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    Read This One Document To Understand What The Christian Right Hopes To Gain From Hobby Lobby

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/24/3416549/hobby-lobby-they-have-a-plan/

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    PHOTOS: Thousands Brave The Snow To Protest Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court Case

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/25/3418582/photos-obamacare-hobby-lobby-scotus-protests/

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    Is it possible he has even more screws loose than Chavez?
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    Venezuela President Maduro arrests ‘three plotting generals’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-26739767

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    Bashar al-Assad’s home village under threat from Syrian opposition forces

    Second sustained attack mounted on area around Qardaha, as government troops protect Syrian leader’s ancestral village.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/bashar-al-assad-home-village-syrian-opposition-attack

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    Mass Egypt death sentences ‘breach international law’

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26726901

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    Egyptian policeman’s wife casts doubt on death sentences handed out to 529

    Magda Abbas says she believes only two may be responsible for the murder of her husband

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/egypt-lawyers-boycott-mass-trial

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    What state??
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    Plan to transfer Arab-Israelis to new Palestinian state seeks legal approval

    Israel’s hardline foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman who suggested the controversial idea is seeking secret legal advice

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/transfer-arab-israeli-citizens-palestinian-state

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    Qatar report into migrant death toll due

    European parliament delegation told to expect significant changes to labour laws in wake of international criticism

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/qatar-migrant-death-toll-report

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    Kenya orders all refugees back into camps

    Move is a bid by government to stop attacks in retaliation for the presence of Kenyan troops in neighbouring Somalia.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/03/kenya-confines-all-refugees-two-camps-2014325211245266713.html

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    India’s Congress party set to unveil election manifesto

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26743975

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    Indian engineer dies in honour killing

    Software engineer murdered by parents after marrying lower caste man

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/10722153/Indian-engineer-dies-in-honour-killing.html

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    Taliban launch series of deadly attacks in runup to Afghanistan elections

    Dozens killed and many more injured as election commission office and bank targeted in bloody day of violence

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/25/taliban-launch-deadly-attacks-runup-afghanistan-elections

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    Afghanistan abandoned without hope as international aid for the war-ravaged nation plunges by 40 per cent

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/afghanistan-abandoned-without-hope-as-international-aid-for-the-warravaged-nation-plunges-by-40-per-cent-9215256.html

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    Chinese protest leader seeks asylum in US, say reports

    Zhuang Liehong led 2011 popular uprising over local leadership’s land deals in Wukan, Guangdong province

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/26/chinese-wukan-protest-zhuang-liehong-asylum-us

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    North Korea test-fires ballistic missiles as Barack Obama holds Japan-South Korea summit

    Over the past four weeks, North Korea has conducted multiple launches of short-range Scud missiles and rockets to coincide with the annual joint military drills South Korea is conducting with the United States

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10723187/North-Korea-test-fires-ballistic-missiles-as-Barack-Obama-holds-Japan-South-Korea-summit.html

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    Missing plane search for 122 objects

    A further 122 objects potentially from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been identified by a satellite, a Malaysian minister says.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26748146

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    Missing Malaysian Flight MH370 Q&A: Has Malaysia been keeping information secret? Will they ever stop looking? And are the pilots involved or not?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/your-flight-mh370-questions-answered-has-malaysia-been-keeping-information-secret-9214930.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    In cooking, what is the term for plunging vegetables into boiling water for a short time, and then plunging them into cold water until they are cold?

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    By the Italian Down syndrome advocacy group Coor Down.

    DEAR FUTURE MOM | March 21 -- World Down Syndrome Day | #DearFutureMom

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ju-q4OnBtNU

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    Mental health and race – the blight of dual discrimination

    Black and minority ethnic people living with mental illness face a double dose of prejudice, says a new report from the anti-stigma organisation Time to Change

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/26/black-minority-ethnic-mental-health-dual-discrimination

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    Mix master: Yotam Ottolenghi’s recipes with spice blends

    Homemade spice blends always beat bought ones. They’re also incredibly easy to make, and take next to no time, too

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/21/spice-mix-recipes-yotam-ottolenghi

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    Up close and personal: Frida Kahlo’s photo album

    Dinner parties at Frida and Diego’s, rigging up a contraption so she can paint in bed after an accident, recuperating at home with her tiny dog … here are the most personal moments of Frida Kahlo’s extraordinary life, taken by her father and her friends

    http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2014/mar/26/frida-kahlo-personal-photo-album

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    Pictures of the day: 25 March 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10720839/Pictures-of-the-day-25-March-2014.html

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    Day in pictures: 25 March 2014

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26730066

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    Photo highlights of the day

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2014/mar/25/photo-highlights-of-the-day

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    • kesmarn says:

      Dear Kalima, it’s late here and I haven’t had a chance to read all of MB yet, but I never know when my frennie is going to pop in to steal a trivia tiara! Well, I simply cannot have that happening when I’m pretty sure I know the answer. For a change!

      I’m going to go with “blanching” for the process of scalding, then chilling a food item.

      OK, frennie AB! Tell me watcha think! :lol:

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    • Nirek says:

      Kalima, I’ll pick one story to give my opinion on. “Fracking” in the UK or any other place is NOT good. The chemicals they put into the ground are bad for the groundwater. Here in the States it is polluting our groundwater and many of us are fighting “fracking”!

      Peace.

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    Families told missing plane lost

    Malaysian Airlines says it now has to assume “beyond any reasonable doubt” that missing flight MH370 has been lost and there are no survivors.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26716572

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    Missing plane: China spots ‘objects’

    A Chinese plane spots possible debris as more nations join the search for the missing Malaysian plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26678492

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    LIVE: Hunt for flight MH370

    Latest updates from the multinational search in the southern Indian Ocean for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-26711298

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    Good morning everyone and welcome to another Sunday.

    A warm and lazy Sunday here and the tribes slept away most of it while I was awake and busy. :(

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my late afternoon corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs
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    Last evacuation shelter cleaned

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/21/national/last-evacuation-shelter-cleaned/

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    Consumers cheated out of ¥6 trillion in 2013, agency reports

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/22/national/consumers-cheated-out-of-6-trillion-in-2013-agency-reports/#.Uy58rlyVsfE

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    Japan to provide 100 billion yen in assistance to Ukraine

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140322p2g00m0in033000c.html

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    No laughing matter

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/anti-abe
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    Schools to shut as teachers prepare for national strike action

    Members of the National Union of Teachers will take part in a one day strike next week in a move that threatens to close or partially shut thousands of state schools

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10714291/Schools-to-shut-as-teachers-prepare-for-national-strike-action.html

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    Tories can’t do the maths, they never could.
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    Tory failure to tackle financial squeeze on families is pushing up welfare costs

    Rachel Reeves: while the Conservatives claim they are on top of welfare spending, in fact it is continuing to rise

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/23/tory-failure-financial-squeeze-welfare-costs

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    Sir Peter Tapsell: ‘My biggest mistake in politics was to listen to Mrs Thatcher’

    Politicians like Sir Peter Tapsell are a dying breed. As he stands down, Britain’s longest-serving MP tells Peter Oborne how the Tories lost their way

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/10714396/Sir-Peter-Tapsell-My-biggest-mistake-in-politics-was-to-listen-to-Mrs-Thatcher.html

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    Friends: The One With the Forty Percenters

    George introduces Lynton to his friend Phyllis

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10715800/Friends-The-One-With-the-Forty-Percenters.html

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    Europe scrambles to break gas dependence on Russia, offers Ukraine military tie

    South Stream pipeline intended to link the EU to Russia through the Black Sea by 2018 is now “dead”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/10715577/Europe-scrambles-to-break-gas-dependence-on-Russia-offers-Ukraine-military-tie.html

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    Spanish riot police arrest 12 in clashes with anti-austerity protesters

    Tens of thousands ‘marching for dignity’ in Madrid against Mariano Rajoy’s tax increases and budget cuts

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/22/spain-austerity-march-riot-police-clash

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    Golden Dawn: courage of two women stems the rise of Greece’s neo-Nazis

    Under armed guard, the judges investigating the far-right party’s criminal activities have brought it down: but it is far from out

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/golden-dawn-women-greece-neo-nazis

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    Ukraine crisis: Shots fired as Crimean base stormed by Russian armour

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-crisis-shots-fired-as-crimean-base-stormed-by-russian-armour-9209819.html

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    Barack Obama set for Europe trip dominated by Crimea crisis

    Mr Obama has called a G7 summit in The Hague to deepen his effort to isolate Russia and present it with “costs” over its incursion into the Ukrainian region

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/barackobama/10717052/Barack-Obama-set-for-Europe-trip-dominated-by-Crimea-crisis.html

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    Three killed by a landslide in US state of Washington

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26703994

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    Democrats Plan Ads in Challenge to Koch Brothers

    The Senate Majority PAC is buying $3 million in ads in five states in an attempt to counter the big spending of two powerful Republican donors.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/22/us/politics/democrats-plan-big-ad-campaign-in-challenge-to-koch-brothers.html

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    Black Preschoolers Face An Epidemic Of Suspensions

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/21/3417424/black-preschooler-suspension/

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    The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism

    In an often-overlooked period of President Obama’s life, he had a small office in a South Side parish and became steeped in the social justice wing of the Catholic Church.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/23/us/the-catholic-roots-of-obamas-activism.html

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    Three more killed in Venezuela protests

    Shootings in Caracas, Valencia and San Cristobal amid clashes between demonstrators, security forces and armed gangs

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/three-more-killed-in-venezuela-protests

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    How Bashar al-Assad created the feared shabiha militia: an insider speaks

    Former member of Syrian ruling family’s inner circle gives first direct account of how shabiha paramilitaries were ordered to kill and torture opponents of the regime

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10716289/How-Bashar-al-Assad-created-the-feared-shabiha-militia-an-insider-speaks.html

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    ‘My childhood friend now revels in the sound of his victims’ bones cracking’

    When Salwa Amor first heard the rumours her friend had become part of Syria’s feared shabiha militia, she didn’t believe them. Then the stories began to come out.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10716325/My-childhood-friend-now-revels-in-the-sound-of-his-victims-bones-cracking.html

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    Turkey downs Syrian military jet

    Turkey shoots down a Syrian military jet it says violated its airspace, but Damascus condemns what it calls “blatant aggression”.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26706417

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    Erdogan’s shabby attempts to stifle his critics are doomed

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attempted ban on Twitter was a foolish mis-step

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/23/turkey-twitter-erdogan-ban-a-blunder

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    Egypt’s spring 2014: is the counter-revolution now complete?

    The joy of the January revolution of 2011 has given way to the return of a form of authoritarian rule. How much power does the country’s new strongman, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, intend to wield?

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/23/egypt-spring-2014-counter-revolution

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    Al-Jazeera journalist jailed in Egypt loses full use of arm

    Mohamed Fahmy, one of four imprisoned journalists, reveals injury has worsened after being denied treatment since arrest

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/22/al-jazeera-journalist-arm-egypt-mohamed-fahmy-hospital

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    Israeli forces kill four Palestinians in West Bank shootout

    Fugitive Hamas fighter among the dead after raid on Jenin house amid growing tensions over faltering peace talks

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/22/israeli-kill-palestinians-west-bank-hamas-jenin

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    Bloodbath in prospect in the Central African Republic

    More UN peace-keeping troops are needed urgently to prevent the country descending into all-out war between Christians and Muslims

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/centralafricanrepublic/10711775/Bloodbath-in-prospect-in-the-Central-African-Republic.html

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    Eight pregnant women arrested in Nigerian ‘baby factory’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/eight-pregnant-women-arrested-in-nigerian-baby-factory-9210265.html

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    Afghan hotel attackers were searched twice

    Video from Kabul’s Serena hotel shows men passing through metal detector before going on to kill nine with hidden guns.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/03/afghan-hotel-attackers-were-searched-twice-201432222243178978.html

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    Al-Qai’da aid project shows the way in Afghanistan

    World View: Corruption has blighted the torrent of dollars poured into the country by America since 2001

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/alqaida-aid-project-shows-the-way-in-afghanistan-9210168.html

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    Australia plane crash: Skydivers killed in Queensland

    http://www.bbc.com/news/26695850

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    Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: China reports new image of debris in the Indian Ocean

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-china-checks-possible-plane-debris-in-southern-corridor-9209619.html

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    North Korea test fires 16 missiles for second day running

    About 70 short-range rockets have been fired into the sea this month, including 30 on Saturday

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/10717051/North-Korea-test-fires-16-missiles-for-second-day-running.html

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    MH370: Investigators focus probe on ‘deliberate act’ by pilots

    Inquiries are becoming increasingly centred on the two pilots of the missing Malaysia Airlines flight

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10716630/MH370-Investigators-focus-probe-on-deliberate-act-by-pilots.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    Today’s question.

    What makes Mexican jumping beans jump?

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    George Stinney was executed at 14. Can his family now clear his name?

    Accused of killing two white girls in South Carolina, George Stinney Jr was tried and electrocuted in just 83 days. As a judge ponders whether to quash the verdict, Karen McVeigh speaks to the families involved

    http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2014/mar/22/george-stinney-execution-verdict-innocent

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    Message for my daughter

    In Argentina, one woman works to revive the history of the Mapuche people in a society that has eroded their identity.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/viewfinder/latinamerica2014/2014/03/message-my-daughter-20143189262834132.html

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    Chicago heroin addict’s descent into hell

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26658558

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    What medieval Europe did with its teenagers

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26289459

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    Global warming to hit Asia hardest, warns new report on climate change

    Flooding, famine and rising sea levels will put hundreds of millions at risk in one of the world’s most vulnerable regions

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/mar/22/global-warming-hit-asia-hardest

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    Exclusive: Renewable energy from rivers and lakes could replace gas in homes

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/exclusive-renewable-energy-from-rivers-and-lakes-could-replace-gas-in-homes-9210277.html

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    AUDIO SLIDESHOW

    Underwater archaeology: Digging gold cufflinks from the watery depths

    Scotland’s west coast -- with its islands and inlets -- has hidden secrets. Beneath the crashing waves lie shipwrecks, where final voyages ended on jagged rocks. More than 40 years ago, Colin Martin -- a pioneer of underwater archaeology -- started to look for these lost vessels.

    Now, after numerous expeditions and discoveries, he has given his collection of images to the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Here, with Colin, explore some of the wrecks he tracked down -- and see what he found hidden there.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26545418

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    Our 10 best chickpea recipes

    Chickpeas have been used for millennia across the Med and Middle East. The little garbanzo bean is packed with protein and as happy at the snack table as it is in a stew. It’s even a magic cake ingredient…

    http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/22/chickpea-recipes-10-best

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    Animal photos of the week: 21 March 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/earth/10714154/Animal-photos-of-the-week.html

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    In pictures: The finalists in the Velux Lovers of Light photographic competition

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/10714385/In-pictures-The-finalists-in-the-Velux-Lovers-of-Light-photographic-competition.html

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    The week in pictures: 21 March 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/10714142/The-week-in-pictures-21-March-2014.html

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    Week in pictures: 15-21 March 2014

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26680336

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    The 20 photographs of the week

    The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

    http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/gallery/2014/mar/22/observer-20-photographs-mo-farah-oscar-pistorius

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good night/morning, Kalima! Peace descends on the kes house now after the The Fave has left. (She had stayed with me on a day off from the 7th grade.) So now I can finally turn to yesterday’s MB and enjoy a good read.

      It seems only yesterday that aid money was flooding into Japan after the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami. Now Japan is the donor state for aid that’s headed to the Ukraine. That’s a real tribute to Japan’s character, and Lord knows that the people in the Ukraine have a real need for the money.

      The most incredible thing about the impending teacher’s strike in the U.K. is that the powers-that-be seem to think that the missing teachers can easily be replaced — with scout leaders and sports coaches! This seems to confirm the common misconception that teachers basically function as babysitters while parents are at work. In short — that they can be replaced by almost anybody. All I can say is: I think I can see why those teachers are striking.

      Peter Tapsell is a man I’d never heard of before, but his story is fascinating. When he said that the biggest mistake he ever made was listening to Maggie Thatcher, he won my heart. Sadly, he’s not the only person who made that mistake. But at least he admitted it! It’s too bad he’s retiring. Britain really needs compassionate people in government, especially now. But I suppose that now that he’s in his 80s, he’s entitled.

      Unfortunately the death toll in that Washington State mudslide is now up to 14, and it looks as though it may go even higher. A real tragedy there.

      The Democratic party really does need to shine a light on the Koch brothers’ political meddling. I saw an article recently that stated that the combined donations of the top 10 unions in America did not even amount to half of what the Kochs themselves contributed to the 2012 election. That’s a lot of clout. Too much for two guys.

      The article on the Catholic influences in President Obama’s youth and early political career reminded me of the Catholic Church of a few decades ago. The Church in which the civil rights movement, the anti-war movement and social justice issues were a major focus. The Church I fell in love with, and the one Francis seems to be trying to revive. This Thursday the President and Francis will meet. I imagine it will feel “like old times,” even though it’s the first time.

      I’ve heard so many parents comment on how their teens behave so much better when they’re in other parents’ households. Apparently that goes waaay back — to the days of the medieval apprentice system. The article states that kids as young as seven were sent away from home, though. That might just be a little bit extreme.

      Today’s trivia: If my memory is correct (and these days that is a big “if”) I think that there’s some little worm-like creature in Mexican jumping beans that gives them that disco appearance? Looking forward to the answer on this one! :-)

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes, hope your feet were up for the rest of the evening?

        Well I would like to know where Abe thinks he will find the money for that aid, and the economy hasn’t exactly blossomed under his hawkish leadership, but wait, maybe it’s from the extra consumption tax on everything we will be paying from the 1st of April on groceries and luxury good alike. Don’t forget how expensive everything is already over here.

        I don’t blame those teachers either. What with that idiot Gove hiring people without qualifications to teach and then reading last week about the drastic increase in students leaving school early without basic skills or education. Having TP Gove trying to change History lessons by cutting out any reference to black people who achieved so much and contributed so much for the country. The Education Secretary pushing for more religious based charter schools while ignoring the needs of the poor, well, I would be going on strike too after being treated like replaceable garbage.

        Absolutely awful what happened in Washington State after there had been so many warnings about this possibility. Those poor people and their families. Tragic .

        I didn’t know that the President had worked so closely with the Catholic Church, but then remembering his work in the beginning it all made sense. Yes kes, the good old days, and can we have them back please?

        Down with the Kochs, no one should have that much buying power with the government and shaping the level of democracy of any country.

        Well done kes. The answer was; tiny moth larvae inside them. Jumping bean moths lay their eggs in the flowers of a desert shrub called “Sebastiana pavoniana”. When the eggs hatch, the larvae eat their way into the seedpods. When the larvae moves around in the beans spilled on the ground, they cause the beans to jump. Here is your tiara. :)

        Wishing you a quiet and pleasant Tuesday. Take care and see you soon.

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  11. Kalima says:

    Good Morning everyone.

    Something came up and I won’t be doing the updates today, but I did promise AB that I would provide the answer to the last trivia question about the number of digits in the serial numbers on all U.S. paper currency now in circulation, so here it is. Eight. :)

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my cool evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.

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    • AlphaBitch says:

      That’s what I guessed! I used the OTHER language (Davi, as in Davy Crockett) (eleventeen), which means “eight” when translated into English! Wow. How lucky can I be???

      Just kidding. I had no freakin’ clue. Hope whatever came up goes back down and had no bad side effects. Love you, Ms. K. -AB

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  12. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    In a bit of a rush to get this posted so a quick hello and goodbye today.

    Have a good day wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my evening corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.
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    A few stories and opinions from around the globe.
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    Tepco halts ALPS water cleanup system at Fukushima nuke plant

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/18/national/tepco-halts-alps-water-cleanup-system-at-fukushima-nuke-plant/

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    Freighter collision near Tokyo leaves one dead, eight missing

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/18/national/nine-chinese-missing-after-cargo-ships-collide-at-entrance-to-tokyo-bay/

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    Japanese group leader seeks return of all abductees from N. Korea

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140318p2g00m0dm053000c.html

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    Yokota’s parents, child meet
    Abductee’s 26-year-old daughter sees family for first time in Mongolia

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/16/national/parents-of-abductee-megumi-yokota-meet-granddaughter-for-first-time/

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Wedding walk

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/wedding-walk
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    INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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    Living standards have fallen across the board since 2010, says report
    Households at top and bottom of the income scale worst affected, according to data from Institute for Fiscal Studies

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/mar/18/household-income-fall-general-election

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    The budget: look out for even more of George Osborne’s sham pledges

    The chancellor likes to appear committed to shrinking the deficit with cuts – but it’s a fraud, just as his budget will be

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/18/budget-more-osborne-sham-pledges

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    Dying forced to wait eight weeks instead of eight days for help amid ‘dire’ benefits overhaul – MPs

    MPs criticise ‘dire situation’ as terminally ill forced to negotiate call centres and endure long waits as disability benefits are replaced with new system

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10703960/Dying-forced-to-wait-eight-weeks-instead-of-eight-days-for-help-amid-dire-benefits-overhaul-MPs.html

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    Hacking trial: Andy Coulson ‘knew of special project to monitor royal aides,’ Clive Goodman tells Old Bailey

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/hacking-trial-andy-coulson-knew-of-special-project-to-monitor-royal-aides-clive-goodman-tells-old-bailey-9200571.html

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    Italian high court confirms Silvio Berlusconi’s ban from public office

    former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s hopes of running in May’s European Parliament elections dashed after two-year ban over tax fraud upheld by highest Italian appeals court

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/silvio-berlusconi/10707181/Italian-high-court-confirms-Silvio-Berlusconis-ban-from-public-office.html

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    Seven Syrian migrants drown off Greek coast

    Four-year-old girl among the dead after fibreglass boat took on water as it approached island of Lesbos

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/18/syrian-migrants-drown-greece

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    Ukraine crisis: Russia warns West over Crimea sanctions

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26641217

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    Why Putin Did It
    by Christopher DickeyMar 18

    The Russian president’s speech about annexing Crimea is really about winning back the pride lost when the Berlin Wall fell.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/03/18/why-putin-did-it.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=cheatsheet_afternoon&cid=newsletter%3Bemail%3Bcheatsheet_afternoon&utm_term=Cheat%20Sheet

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    Ukraine navy’s Black Sea HQ stormed by pro-Russian troops
    Russian flag flies above Sevastopol after Putin hails Crimea annexation and Ukraine accuses Moscow of war crime

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/19/ukraine-navy-black-sea-hq-crimea-pro-russian-troops

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    Crimea crisis: Fears of war grow after Ukrainian officer is killed at military base in Simferopol

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/crimea-crisis-fears-of-war-grow-after-ukrainian-officer-is-killed-at-military-base-in-simferopol-9200203.html

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    Barack Obama awards Medal of Honor to 24 veterans denied by discrimination

    At the end of congressionally mandated review to ensure eligible recipients were not denied by prejudice, 24 servicemen awarded US’s highest military honour, 21 of them posthumously

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/10707187/Barack-Obama-awards-Medal-of-Honor-to-24-veterans-denied-by-discrimination.html

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    Parts Of The GOP’s Obamacare Alternative Just Rip Off Obamacare

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/17/3410851/the-gops-obamacare-alternative-sounds-a-lot-like-obamacare/

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    US closes Syrian embassy and orders diplomatic staff back to Damascus

    • Washington embassy and two honorary consulates close
    • Embassy announced last week it would end all services

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/18/syrian-embassy-closes-diplomatic-staff

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    Fourteen men arrested for operating child-abuse site through Tor

    Secret members-only child abuse website involved 251 children, mostly boys, in the US and five other countries

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/18/fourteen-arrested-operating-child-porn-site-tor

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    Budding Liberal Protest Movements Begin to Take Root in South

    More than a dozen members of Moral Monday Georgia, a liberal activist group that has held weekly protests at the Capitol since January, were arrested.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/19/us/protest-disrupts-georgia-senate-session-on-bill-to-block-medicaid-expansion.html

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    A Campaign Inquiry in Utah Is the Watchdogs’ Worst Case

    Documents show that a former Utah attorney general sought to transform his office into a defender of payday loan companies that had helped bankroll his election.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/us/politics/a-campaign-inquiry-in-utah-is-the-watchdogs-worst-case.html

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    The Gun Report: March 18, 2014

    A day in the life of armed America.

    http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/the-gun-report-march-17-2014/

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    Canadian soldiers return home from Afghanistan

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26634629

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    Syria conflict: UN reports mass executions by ISIS

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26626363

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    Qatar pays Syrian rebels £40m ransom to free nuns -- or did it? It depends what rumours you believe

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/qatar-pays-syrian-rebels-40m-ransom-to-free-nuns--or-did-it-it-depends-what-rumours-you-believe-9200527.html

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    Lebanon protests flare over Syria spillover

    Demonstrators clash with the army and block roads to protest siege on Syria border town.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/03/lebanon-protests-flare-over-syria-spillover-201431905851686693.html

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    Egypt police convicted over detainee tear-gas deaths

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26626367

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    Egypt demolishes homes along Gaza border

    Army destroys homes along the border with Gaza strip to create security buffer zone.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2014/03/egypt-demolishes-homes-along-gaza-border-20143193374695805.html

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    Cairo University chief blames woman’s dress for sexual harassment

    Stance of Dr Gaber Nasser toward campus incident that was filmed by bystanders sparks fury among women’s rights activists

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/18/cairo-university-blames-sexual-harassment-victim

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    Israel bombs Syrian posts in response to Golan attack in its troops

    Syrian military headquarters, training facility and artillery batteries targeted by Israel, in retaliation for roadside bombing in the Golan Heights, according to Israeli military

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10707188/Israel-bombs-Syrian-posts-in-response-to-Golan-attack-in-its-troops.html

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    How very encouraging and it’s no secret why?
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    Israel’s defence minister: ‘there’ll be no peace agreement in my lifetime’

    Moshe Ya’alon, the hardline Israeli defence minister, says there will be no peace agreement with the Palestinians in his lifetime

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/10701410/Israels-defence-minister-therell-be-no-peace-agreement-in-my-lifetime.html

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    Remember how they forced her to confess on national tv?
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    Iranian woman spared stoning for adultery

    A sentence of death by stoning handed down against an Iranian woman convicted of adultery in 2006 will not be carried out

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/10706707/Iranian-woman-spared-stoning-for-adultery.html

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    Australia imposes sanctions on Russia after it ‘steals’ Crimea from Ukraine

    Julie Bishop disputes legitimacy of referendum and condemns the use of violence against citizens

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/19/australia-imposes-sanctions-on-russia-after-it-steals-crimea-from-ukraine

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    MH370: China says no evidence its nationals caused disappearance
    Beijing says search extended to Chinese mainland as part of huge effort stretching north and south of equator

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/17/mh370-missing-plane-co-pilot-verbal-communication

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    China: Two dead in Xinjiang violence

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-26641546

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    Protesters occupy Taiwan parliament over China trade deal

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26641525

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    MH370: Maldives Islanders claim to have spotted ‘low flying jet’

    Missing Malaysia Airlines plane may have been spotted over the Maldive Islands, it has emerged

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10706853/MH370-Maldives-Islanders-claim-to-have-spotted-low-flying-jet.html

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    Missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: Hunt for missing jet hampered by lack of international cooperation

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-relatives-of-chinese-passengers-threaten-hunger-strike-9198826.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    The answer to the last question were indeed Virginia and Kentucky, so well done to AB and her shiny tiara. :)

    Today’s question.

    How many digits are there in the serial numbers on all U.S. currency now in circulation? An easy one today.

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    How Minor Offenses Keep Young Women Of Color Out Of A Job

    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/17/3412181/how-minor-offenses-keep-young-women-of-color-out-of-a-job/

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    The vanishing sea tribe

    Thailand’s Moken tribe foresaw and survived the 2004 tsunami, but are the traditions that saved them being abandoned?

    http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/101east/2014/03/vanishing-sea-tribe-201431191014701721.html

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    A Blunder From Beginning to End

    How the Union lost the ill-fated Red River Campaign.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/18/a-blunder-from-beginning-to-end/

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    Do 85 rich people have same wealth as half the world?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26613682

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    Ancient skeleton is the earliest case of cancer yet detected

    http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-26627941

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    In pictures: 2014 Sony World Photography Awards winners

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturepicturegalleries/10703184/In-pictures-2014-Sony-World-Photography-Awards-winners.html

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    ‘Mischievous Pets’ photography competition

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/pets/10705581/Mischievous-Pets-photography-competition.html?frame=2855425

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    Pictures of the day: 18 March 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/picturesoftheday/10704756/Pictures-of-the-day-18-March-2014.html

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    Day in pictures: 18 March 2014

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26628449

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    Photo highlights of the day

    The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world

    http://www.theguardian.com/news/gallery/2014/mar/18/photo-highlights-of-the-day

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    • AlphaBitch says:

      Hmmmm….trivia while the steak cooks….

      It’s HARD if you don’t cheat and look! I have no idea without taking a sneak peek and count, and I do NOT cheat.

      So I’ll guess eleventeen. Beat that Frennie! Now I’m off to polish the most recent tiara, which is full of pink diamonds. -- AB

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      • Kalima says:

        I commend you on your honesty in not peeping.

        Did you bring all those tiaras with you when you moved, because I have so many things still missing after our move back here last August. You just never know when those wrist supporters, back corsets and tiaras might come in handy. Odd socks are now being worn as mismatched pairs. Makes the neighbours stare but who cares?

        Be back with the answer tomorrow morning. Take care and hope to see you soon.

        Hugs in MB mugs.

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  13. Fergie1 says:

    Thank you so much for your beautiful wishes for St. Patrick’s day. Very special. Go raibh míle maith agat.

    Brilliant article on Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia by Timothy Egan.
    What a complete prat Ryan is. I’m sure that his Irish ancestors would be mightily ashamed that he is any relative of theirs. When the Irish had to leave their country to survive they were known as the hardest working, most dependable workers you could employ. Hardly as an example of dependency! Grrrrr, Ryan makes my blood boil.

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    • Kalima says:

      My pleasure Fergie, and a “1000 good things for you” too. :)

      When it comes to people like Ryan, I feel quiet sick. The whole package turns my stomach. He has no integrity, compassion or sense of duty to the American people, and should spend his days strapped into a confession box to atone for his sins against the very people Jesus told us to help. Disgusting excuse for a human being.

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  14. Kalima says:

    Good morning everyone.

    It was 17C here today and the tribes were overjoyed.

    Have a good Sunday wherever you may be. Take care, be safe, stay warm and comfy or cool and dry.

    Sayonara from my cooling down corner of Tokyo. Mata ne.

    To all of our Irish friends celebrating St. Patricks”s Day on Monday. Beannacht Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

    “May the Irish hills caress you;
    may her lakes and rivers bless you;
    may the luck of the Irish enfold you;
    may the blessings of Saint Patrick, behold you”.

    “Go muirní cnoic na hÉireann thú.
    Go mbeannaí a lochanna agus a haibhneacha thú.
    Go dtimpeallaí an ádh Eireannach thú.
    Go bhféacha tú beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Phádraig”.

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    Sunday’s Bits & Bobs
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    Over 5,000 rally in Tokyo against nuclear reactor restarts

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/15/national/over-5000-rally-in-tokyo-against-nuclear-reactor-restarts/

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    Disaster supplies on shaky ground

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/03/15/editorials/disaster-supplies-on-shaky-ground/

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    The Fukushima tragedy justifies nuclear skepticism

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2014/03/15/commentary/the-fukushima-tragedy-justifies-nuclear-skepticism/

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    Helped by many, evacuee from Fukushima aspires to become a nurse to give back

    http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20140316p2a00m0na001000c.html

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    Panasonic to give employees sent to China ‘pollution pay’

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/business/view/panasonic-to-give-employees-sent-to-china-pollution-pay

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    PICTURE OF THE DAY

    Searching for Malaysia Airlines MH370

    http://www.japantoday.com/category/picture-of-the-day/view/searching-for-malaysia-airlines-mh370
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    “Green crap” George? Profits before a healthy planet? How very clueless Tory of you.
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    The Budget: George Osborne to put growth ahead of ‘green crap’

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/the-budget-george-osborne-to-put-growth-ahead-of-green-crap-9194826.html

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    Inequality ‘costs Britain £39bn a year’

    Thinktank puts a figure on the annual cost of the gap between rich and poor and calls for politicians to act

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/mar/16/inequality-costs-uk-billions

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    New claims of patients ‘locked up’ at NHS hospital

    Claims that patients at Dudley hospitals are being restrained against their will resurface after second manager forced out

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/10700256/New-claims-of-patients-locked-up-at-NHS-hospital.html

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    This is perverse.
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    Now Co-op pays official £2,000 a day to examine why it is in debt

    Revelation over Sir Christopher Kelly’s pay raises fresh concern in cash crisis

    http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/mar/16/christopher-kelly-co-op-group-pay

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    Friends: The One with The Other Woman

    Dave’s advisers suggest that a well-chosen affair could do wonders for his electoral prospects

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10699571/Friends-The-One-with-The-Other-Woman.html

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    Ruling Progressive Party tipped to win Serbia elections

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26598829

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    Crimea referendum: polls open -- live
    LIVE

    Voting has begun in the Crimean referendum to decide if the region leaves the Ukraine to become part of Russia. The referendum has already been dismissed as illegitimate by president Obama

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/16/crimea-referendum-polls-open-live

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    Ukraine’s president fears Russia could invade after Crimea referendum

    Acting leader claims Kremlin is behind turmoil in eastern Ukraine and there is ‘real danger’ Moscow could seize more territor

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/15/ukraine-russia-invade-crimea-referendum

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    Russian troops ‘in mainland Ukraine’ ahead of Crimea vote

    Russia “invades” gas facility on Ukraine mainland as Crimea tense ahead of referendum vote

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/ukraine/10700496/Russian-troops-in-mainland-Ukraine-ahead-of-Crimea-vote.html

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    Outside Political Groups Are Spending Record Amounts Of Money To Deny Poor People Health Care

    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2014/03/14/3406241/outside-political-groups-obamacare-ads/

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    Industry Behind Anti-Wage-Hike Letter

    The Obama administration’s proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would prompt price increases or force layoffs, a restaurant association said.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/us/industry-tied-to-letter-against-new-wage.html

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    Paul Ryan’s Irish Amnesia

    Talking the familiar, heartless language of hunger economics.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/16/opinion/sunday/paul-ryans-irish-amnesia.html

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    PHOTOS: Thousands Turn Up For California’s Largest-Ever Rally To Ban Fracking

    http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/03/15/3410011/dont-frack-ca/

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    Violent protests in Venezuela claim three more lives

    A University student and National Guard captain among three more people shot dead during ongoing violent protests in the central Venezuelan city of Valencia, with several more injured

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/venezuela/10694155/Violent-protests-in-Venezuela-claim-three-more-lives.html

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    Syria conflict anniversary: Aleppo a ghost town as regime blasts ancient city to oblivion

    Hundreds of crude barrel bombs have laid waste to large tracts of Aleppo, killing thousands. Richard Spencer meets survivors

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10699171/Syria-conflict-anniversary-Aleppo-a-ghost-town-as-regime-blasts-ancient-city-to-oblivion.html

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    Syria conflict anniversary: My friends stayed in Syria, now most of them are dead

    Julia*, 14, tells her story of how she left everything behind to escape the daily bombing of her village near Damascus

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10699310/Syria-conflict-anniversary-My-friends-stayed-in-Syria-now-most-of-them-are-dead.html

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    Israeli doctor treating Syrians says snipers deliberately shoot children in the spine

    Doctor makes claim after UN report shows child casualty rates in Syria are the highest recorded in any recent conflict in the region

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10697943/Israeli-doctor-treating-Syrians-says-snipers-deliberately-shoot-children-in-the-spine.html

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    Berkin Elvan: Turkish PM accuses dead boy of terror links

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26594922

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    Islamists kill six Egyptian soldiers

    Militants shoot dead six soldiers at a checkpoint in northern Cairo, then hide bombs to target first responders

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/10700099/Islamists-kill-six-Egyptian-soldiers.html

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    Three years after Gaddafi, Libya is imploding into chaos and violence

    World View: Its government has no real power; militias are ever more entrenched, and now the state itself is under threat

    http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/three-years-after-gaddafi-libya-is-imploding-into-chaos-and-violence-9194697.html

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    Nigeria: Stampede in Abuja’s stadium kills jobseekers

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26596192

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    Delhi gang rape: Death penalty for two men put on hold

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-26593587

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    As Nato quits Afghanistan, new violence threatens the country’s presidential election

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/as-nato-quits-afghanistan-new-violence-threatens-the-countrys-presidential-election-9194819.html

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    Can this man ever make up his mind? Stop with the drugs Hamid.
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    Hamid Karzai insists he will not let US troops stay on in Afghanistan

    • Afghan president has refused to sign security deal with US
    • Karzai will stand down after elections on 5 April

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/15/hamid-karzai-afghanistan-us-troops

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    If MH370 crashed in southern Indian Ocean it wouldn’t be seen or heard

    The huge ocean is deep and wide and one of the most remote places in the world

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/16/if-mh370-crashed-in-southern-indian-ocean-it-wouldnt-be-seen-or-heard

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    Malaysia Airline MH370: 9/11-style terror allegations resurface in case of lost plane

    Possible plot investigated after Al-Qaeda supergrass told court that four or five Malaysian men planned a passenger airliner hijack

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/malaysia/10700652/Malaysia-Airline-MH370-911-style-terror-allegations-resurface-in-case-of-lost-plane.html

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    Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Q&A by Simon Calder: How far could it have travelled? Who was responsible and what would their plans be? And how can a plane just vanish?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/missing-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh370-qa-how-far-could-it-have-travelled-who-was-responsible-and-what-would-their-plans-be-and-how-can-a-plane-just-vanish-9194501.html
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    TRIVIA QUIZ

    The answer to Friday’s question is, their initials.. Kes answered with their last name. Not quite but I think she deserves half a tiara for coming close and of course for the effort of having a go. Well done kes. :)

    Today’s question.

    Which two states, both of which call themselves Commonwealths, once were a single state?

    Hint: Start with the letters “V” and “K”.

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    Submerged: the Jewish woman who hid from Nazis in Berlin

    Marie Jalowicz Simon was one of 1,700 ‘U-boats’, German Jews who survived the war submerged below the surface of daily life. Now she has told all in a book

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/mar/16/submerged-jewish-woman-hid-nazis-berlin

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    The Afghan madrassa accused of radicalising women

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26418558

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    From #Crimea, the night before the vote

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26596648

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    US Navy veteran in iconic WW2 kissing photo dies

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-26588030

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    Rich will live life to the full 20 years longer than poor, official figures show

    Stark divide in life chances between rich and poor laid bare in official study showing most well-off have 20 years more of productive lifespan than most deprived

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/10699077/Rich-will-live-life-to-the-full-20-years-longer-than-poor-official-figures-show.html

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    State of the Future report: Humans are doing OK, but nature suffers as a result – and we’ll pay for it

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/state-of-the-future-report-humans-are-doing-ok-but-nature-suffers-as-a-result--and-well-pay-for-it-9194808.html

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    Animal photos of the week: 14 March 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/earth/10697425/Animal-photos-of-the-week.html

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    The week in pictures: 14 March 2014

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/10697423/The-week-in-pictures-14-March-2014.html

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    Week in pictures: 8-14 March 2014

    http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26575501

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    The 20 photographs of the week

    The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

    http://www.theguardian.com/theobserver/gallery/2014/mar/15/observer-20-photographs

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    • kesmarn says:

      Good night/morning, Kalima! Two days late and two dollars short, as the saying (almost) goes! But jauntily sporting my half tiara. Which some might say goes along with the condition of being half-witted, but we won’t go there.

      Just when you think you’ve read all the horror stories about health care in the UK that could possibly be written, a new one emerges. This time about children and the elderly being restrained for long periods of time even when they’ve posed a danger to no one. And what happens to the whistle blower who exposes the situation? He’s sacked of course. (Because he parked in the wrong space, they say… Uh-huhhh.)

      …[T]he Irish were starving to death at the very time that rich stores of grain and fat livestock owned by absentee landlords were being shipped out of the country. The food was produced by Irish hands on Irish lands but would not go into Irish mouths, for fear that such “charity” would upset the free market, and make people lazy.

      Wonderful article on the cruelty of Paul Ryan’s ironic — and probably subconscious — assumption of the role of brutal, arrogant Brit aristocrat during the Irish potato famine. (“Starvation builds character.”) At the same time that he proudly boasts of this Irish ancestry. He should be made to eat a diet of potatoes three times a day for the indefinite future.

      Sunday’s trivia: My dear Frennie beat me to it quite a while ago. That’s what I get for being late to the party! If we put our heads together, we may now have 1.5 tiaras, though!

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      • Kalima says:

        Hello kes, you can never be too late here, I’m always happy to see you.

        Yes that article about one of the biggest hospitals in England was as sickening as it was unforgivable. They pick on the weakest, the children and the elderly, and what I would like to do to them is not appropriate here, but Im sure you can guess.

        The article about Ryan was wonderful and summed him up in a nutshell. The man is a monster.

        Never mind, I have plenty tiaras to go around.

        Take care and have a peaceful day. See you soon.

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    • AlphaBitch says:

      Virginia and Kentucky! I know VA is a commonwealth and guessing on KY.

      Did I win the whole tiara? I mean, I do have a HUGE head now that Nirek has dedicated some Davy Crockett to me, so a whole tiara is all that I can wear.

      Thanks for all you do, Kalima. Can’t wait to read about Karzai’s melt down (again??). Buh-bye you narco-terrorist brother. Adios, cockroach as we say here in Texas. -- AB

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      • Kalima says:

        I don’t know how I missed this but I did.

        You did indeed win the tiara but I think you girls are confused. On MB you get to keep what you win so you had both better clear out the closet to find those old ones and keep them shiny.

        Yes Karzai is losing it. What a terrible way to run a country with millions of beautiful and innocent people waiting for change to come. Breaks my heart.

        Take care, thanks for popping in, and see you soon. Tokyo hugs to all.

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