Friday, February 28, 2014
Budget cuts and troop reductions are on tap for the U.S. military—if Congress give its approval. But the U.S. will still spend billions of dollars on its armed forces in the years to come, even with the proposed cutbacks.
The U.S. spent more than $600 billion on its military in 2012, according to the latest figures available from the Office of Management and Budget. Here's a look at where the money went.
The $682 billion spent by the U.S. in 2012 was more than the combined military spending of China, Russia, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, Italy and Brazil—which spent a total of $652 billion, according to the SIPRI Military Expenditure Database.
Chances are, you know someone who has had an abortion. Statistically, it's a near-certainty: In the U.S., one in three women will have an abortion by the age of 45. But despite how incredibly common abortion is, it remains mired in stigma and misinformation. Much of what we may think we know about this subject is actually outright lies told by abortion opponents to dissuade women out of seeking safe and legal abortion care.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), which are fake clinics run by opponents of abortion, are well-known for lying to clients in order to convince them not to seek abortion care. But the lies told within the walls of CPCs aren't just contained there; they are part and parcel of the anti-abortion movement in the U.S. For a movement that so fervently claims that "truth is on our side," they seem perfectly willing to proliferate blatant lies about abortion. Here are a select few of the most common and pervasive of those lies.
This lie about abortion is one of the most widely circulated. It's commonly cited by abortion opponents and CPC employees as a means of scaring patients out of choosing abortion. Unfortunately for them, the link between abortion and breast cancer simply isn't corroborated by any current, reliable medical evidence.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Just a day after the Ugandan President signed the anti-gay bill into law, a newspaper in the country The Red Pepper newspaper today published 200 names of prominent gay men and women in Uganda. Amongst those listed includes a catholic priest, a rap artiste as well as a prominent gay rights activist, Pepe Julien Onziema.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton def. Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Sheamus, Cesaro & Christian in an Elimination Chamber Match. Four losses in three weeks, five opponents with one common goal, and no escape in sight in a match with zero wins to his name? Randy Orton’s got this.
Despite five Superstars looking to rearrange The Face of WWE into an unrecognizable mush, Orton retained the WWE World Heavyweight Championship inside the Elimination Chamber Sunday night – though he certainly has Kane and The Wyatt Family to thank, in part, for hand-delivering him a pair of get-out-of-jail-free cards inside Satan’s Prison.
Pre-First World War
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
According to market strategists at New York City–based ConvergEx Group, the average dating period in a run-up to a marriage for a couple that met in real life hovers around the 42-month mark.
It's so sad to hear that Dame Judi Dench's macular degeneration has progressed this far. She can officially no long read scripts — or menus in restaurants — but the worst of it is that she can't really watch movies anymore either. BUT, at 79, with 95 award nominations in her career, she STILL isn't ready to retire!
In fact, her powerful words bring tears to our eyes! She said:
"I never want to make much of it, but it is difficult – very, very difficult. I can't read any more. I can't paint like I used to. I try to watch movies, but it's quite difficult. But these are all of the negatives. I don't want to really think about all that. What I can do, I do. And I somehow get by."
|Ukrainians in Kiev on Monday lit candles and placed flowers in memory of antigovernment demonstrators who were killed last week in clashes with the police. Credit Uriel Sinai for The New York Times|
The new speaker, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, admitted as much, warning in an open letter to the Ukrainian people on Sunday that “Ukraine is now in a pre-default condition and sliding into the abyss.”
What Could Have Possibly Gone Wrong, Canadian Heartthrobs Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Separate After 20 Years Together
The two announced the news today and released the following statement, "We will always love each other and be best friends; however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time."
And while the famous duo has been in the public eye for several years now, few Hollywood couples have been together for as long as they have. Thicke and Patton met in 1993 when they were just teenagers in high school, when Thicke was only 14 years old, and they have been inseparable ever since.
|Piers Morgan, shown in 2011, is British and struggled to connect with American viewers. The ratings for his live program suffered. Credit Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times|
It’s been an unhappy collision between a British television personality who refuses to assimilate — the only football he cares about is round and his lectures on guns were rife with contempt — and a CNN audience that is intrinsically provincial. After all, the people who tune into a cable news network are, by their nature, deeply interested in America.
The move came weeks after Mr. Museveni’s Nigerian counterpart, Goodluck Jonathan, took similar steps in his own country, threatening offenders with 14-year prison terms. The Ugandan law seemed even tougher, threatening life terms on charges including “aggravated homosexuality,” meaning homosexual acts with a minor, a disabled person or someone infected with H.I.V.
Zimbabwe's longest serving president, Robert Mugabe turned 90 today and in his address to his party faithfuls, said he's not ready to vacate the president's seat yet "When the day comes and I retire, yes, sure, the day will come, but I do not want to leave my party in tatters. I want to leave it intact".
Mugabe has said that he would leave when he is 94years old, that would be in 2018, after completing his current tenure which he was elected for last year.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Pastor of World's Largest Church Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Embezzlement. This Is Truly The End
The Rev. Cho Yong-gi, founder and pastor emeritus of Yoido Full Gospel Church in Seoul, South Korea, one of the largest Pentecostal churches in the world, has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling church funds.
Cho was found guilty of causing $12 million in losses to the church by having officials in 2002 buy stocks owned by his eldest son, Cho Hee-jun, at four times the market value, Yonhap reported on Thursday.
The 78-year-old pastor, who founded the church in 1958, will also have to pay about $4.6 million in fines. The junior Cho will also be serving a three-year prison term for colluding with his father, the Seoul Central District Court ruled.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
|Armed conflicts are part of the explanation of declining media freedom in several countries around the world|
|David Backes of the United States challenges Patrice Bergeron of Canada for the puck during the men's hockey semifinal. (Al Bello/Getty Images)|
Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0 Friday night in the semifinals of the Olympic men's hockey tournament.
The quotes come from public speeches given by King, a letter, and one of his books. Each section contains a link to the original source.
10 famous quotes
1. “We are not wrong, we are not wrong in what we are doing. If we are wrong, the Supreme Court of this nation is wrong. If we are wrong, the Constitution of the United States is wrong. And if we are wrong, God Almighty is wrong. If we are wrong, Jesus of Nazareth was merely a utopian dreamer that never came down to Earth. If we are wrong, justice is a lie, love has no meaning. And we are determined here in Montgomery to work and fight until justice runs down like water, and righteousness like a mighty stream.”
2. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
3. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.”
|Miranda Barbour told a reporter she'd killed at least 22 people in several states over the past six year|
"I still love her," Barbour said.
Barbour talked exclusively with CNN from a secure line at the Columbia County Prison in central Pennsylvania, where he's awaiting trial -- along with his 19-year-old wife, Miranda Barbour -- after police alleged the couple lured a man using a Craigslist ad, strangled and stabbed him 20 times, then dumped his body.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Marie-Philip Poulin scored the winner on a power play at 8:10 of overtime for her second of the game. She had tied it up with 55 seconds remaining in regulation. Poulin was a heroine of Canada's gold in Vancouver four years ago. She scored twice in a 2-0 win over the Americans.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Men worry about the average length of their penis and this also comes up in ladies gossip...'how long is your man'. Does the length of a man's penis has anything to do with sexual gratification? And will the deepness of woman's virginal determine how much can be thrust in? Some of these questions pop up in the minds but I guess the whole sexual satisfaction thing is different entirely to the size of genitals. Although, we hear around these days, that a Godzilla-size penis could get some ladies to Orlando faster.
Nevertheless, one thing for sure, if a couple can play right irrespective of their genital build., they can have the best of times in sex gratification. You have to seek what is best for you both in sexual activity. The charts below shows the average size of penis by age, ethnicity and ratio of men. See what group you belong to or check for your partner,..lol
Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (CNQ), the nation’s second-largest natural gas producer, agreed to buy Devon Energy Corp. (DVN)’s conventional assets in Canada for C$3.13 billion ($2.86 billion) to boost output.
The cash purchase will add 2.2 million undeveloped acres near Canadian Natural’s fields in western Canada, President Steve Laut said in a conference call today. The acquisition, which is about 70 percent gas, will increase production at the Calgary-based company by the equivalent of 86,633 barrels a day. “This adds value in the near-, mid- and long-term,” Laut said. The company expects “pretty strong gas pricing” this year and next, he said.
Planning a holiday, driving each others' cars, having a key to your partner's house, being invited to family gatherings, posting a 'loved-up' photo on Facebook, are all signs a relationship is serious and past the 'seeing each other' phase, according to a new survey. Researchers questioned 2,000 people to reveal the top 50 things which indicate a couple are in a committed relationship.
Posting a 'loved-up' photo on Facebook, changing your status to 'in a relationship' and being introduced to wider friendships circles also show couples are the 'real deal.'
Meeting potential in-laws, staying overnight and divulging salary details also show trust and growing love for a partner.
Couples are usually together for just over five months before they deem the relationship to be 'serious'. The study also highlighted that couples deem a relationship more serious when they get more comfortable with each other - which means seeing each other without make up, showering together, lounging around the house in pyjamas and even discussing intimate health issues. Check them below and see if you can relate to the list;
1. Meeting the parents
2. Exchanging house keys
3. Planning a holiday together
4. Discussing plans for the future
5. Being invited to family gatherings
6. Saying 'I love you'
7. Staying overnight at each other's houses
8. Signing Christmas / Birthday cards together
9. Seeing each other at least every other night
10. Leaving a toothbrush at each other's house
11. You tell each other absolutely everything12. Letting them take care of you when sick
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Red Carpet photos from British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)s 2014 + Full list of winners
Incredibly, this is not just a question that a business journalist would ask. Dale Carnegie himself--the legendary author of How to Win Friends and Influence People--asked the exact same question on page 8 of that famous book. Carnegie was in a unique position to know the answer. Four years before How to Win Friends came out, he authored a book called Lincoln the Unknown, which he spent three years working on.
How Lincoln Practiced Patience- The point is that Carnegie- America's preeminent expert on networking, arguably the person who first codified networking as a skill--analyzed Lincoln's life for his people skills.As an example, Carnegie cites a letter Lincoln wrote to a general who disobeyed his orders during the Civil War. Here's a snippet:
Sunday, February 16, 2014
When Martin Dumas signed up for the dating site love2meet.com, he had no idea he would also be signed up for Senior Dating Canada.
“I guess it comes from another site that I used,” Dumas said in an interview with CBC News from his Montreal office. He learned this after a CBC News investigation revealed his profile and picture were posted on at least four other sites without his knowledge.
All of the sites belong to Global Personals, a company based in England. Its website boasts more than 13,000 internet dating sites around the globe and at least 30 million customers.
When you apply, you are directed to their website where you will punch all your information with the hope that you can get paid for being part of a focus group. So whats the scam about that arrangement? wait a bit. This is how it goes. A staff will call you up and say you are in their database and ask some dumb questions they already got in your file. It goes like this 'Good Morning Fitz, you are invited to join in a paid focus panel that is coming up in a fortnight, it is $100 for a 90 minutes section'.