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Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyarthi have won the Nobel Peace prize.

At 17, Malala is the youngest recipient of the prize.

The teenager was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in October 2012 for campaigning for girls' education.

In a statement, the committee said: “Despite her youth, Malala Yousafzai has already fought for several years for the right of girls to education, and has shown by example that children and young people, too, can contribute to improving their own situations.

“This she has done under the most dangerous circumstances. Through her heroic struggle she has become a leading spokesperson for girls’ rights to education.”

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I'd forgotten that today was the day the prize was to be announced and was searching for some information on Malala when I noticed she would share the Nobel Peace Prize.  Thinking about what she's been through at such a young age I must admit my emotions were somewhat over whelmed by this announcement.    

Congratulations to both of them,  

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Yes, the headline is correct.  Al Qaeda's newest branch located in Asia's Subcontinent set out on a mission to attack and take control of a U.S. aircraft carrier in Karachi Pakistan.  Obviously these people are the masters of military planning and mission accomplishment. What can one say about a bunch of moron's who believe they can seize control of an American aircraft carrier.  Perhaps they should cease using the  product which finances their operations.

Al Qaeda's genius's attacked the wrong ship and got a severe beat down for their efforts.  

Fighters of the Islamic terror group branch that was unveiled two weeks ago had planned to storm an American aircraft carrier at a Karachi port, but found a Pakistani Navy ship in its place, The Telegraph reports. The attackers suffered heavy casualties as the Pakistani Navy easily overpowered their attempt. Three of the al-Qaeda fighters were killed and seven were arrested according to Pakistani officials. Two Pakistani Naval guards were wounded.

"It was a complete failure, they did not do any kind of damage, some were captured and we caught more, seven so far and may be more to come. They were well-equipped and came with the intention of taking a ship into their custody but they were caught in the initial stages," an investigation source told The Telegraph


Unfortunately the Humanitarian ceasefire between Hamas and Israel has collapsed only hours after it began.  

Militants 'seize Israeli soldier'
Israel suspects soldier abducted as 72-hour Gaza truce collapses and 27 Palestinians dead in Israeli shelling
The Israeli military has told people in Gaza it is resuming operations, saying Hamas broke a planned 72-hour ceasefire just hours after it had begun.

The army said it had warned residents to stay indoors.

Palestinian sources said at least 30 people had been killed in an Israeli attack in Gaza. Israel said it was in response to rocket fire from Hamas.

Some 1,460 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict and 63 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

The ceasefire had been brokered by the US and UN to give civilians a reprieve from the violence, and had been seen as an unforeseen breakthrough after days of diplomatic deadlock.

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North Korea's supreme doughnut eater has "threatened" to nuc the White House over a series of bowling matches, or was that a lawn darts game? Who knows but North Korea is willing to go all nuclear on the White House just as soon as they can fix that giant sling shot.

The threat came from Hwang Pyong-So, director of the military's General Political Bureau, during a speech to a large military rally in Pyongyang Sunday on the anniversary of the armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.
Hwang, who holds the rank of vice marshal in the Korean People's Army, said a recent series of South Korea-US military drills, one of which included the deployment of a nuclear-powered US aircraft carrier, had ramped up tensions.
"If the US imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival... our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon -- the sources of all evil," Hwang said in his speech broadcast Monday on state television.
This is what happens when you spend far too much time worshiping a father with a lifelong bad hair day and a grandfather with a god complex.

Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 06:58 PM PDT

Random Japan

by Mishima

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Can I have some more fries? For the next 60 minutes, you can have as many as you want!
    KK Miller
Japan is home to some of the strangest collaborative promotions you will ever find. There’s been everything from Mountain Dew combining powers with a chip company to convenience store teaming up with a menstruation website. Many times the promotions are endless and maybe even seem pointless! But the new collaboration between Docomo, the cell phone company, and Lotteria, the burger shop, is a month of blood clot-forming, salt-coma inducing greatness. This campaign is going to make people who like to talk on their phones and also people who like to stuff their face with French fries very, very happy!!!

Beginning on July 24 and lasting until August 31, customers at Lotteria can buy a medium French fries at 270 yen (US$2.66), or a combo that includes a medium fries, and get all-you-can-eat French fries for 60 minutes!

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In the land of the free and the home of the brave what's more important selling a weapon that is safe or just selling a weapon?  The winner is just selling a weapon no matter the consequences.  Who cares how many innocents are killed just as long as the weapon can be sold.  

A Rockville gun store owner who said he would sell the nation’s first smart gun — even after a California gun store removed the weapon from its shelves to placate angry gun-rights activists — backed down late Thursday night after enduring a day of protests and death threats.

Andy Raymond, the co-owner of Engage Armament, a store known for its custom assault rifles, had said earlier this week that offering the Armatix iP1 handgun was a “really tough decision” after what happened to the Oak Tree Gun Club near Los Angeles. Oak Tree was lambasted by gun owners and National Rifle Association members who fear the new technology will be mandated and will encroach on Second Amendment rights.

What will it take for America's politicians to stop kowtowing to the NRA when campaigns are publicly financed. Until that threshold is reached the NRA and its minority of extreme gun enthusiasts will continue to hold sway over the ability of America's elected officials to create a safer public environment.    

This song was first played on the radio by C89.5 Fm Just one problem it hadn't been released by the record company for that purpose.

March 2004: becomes the first non-commercial station in the United States to be a monitored reporter when they join the Billboard Magazine Dance Radio Airplay panel.

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Sources in Uganda state that two planes evacuating U.S. personnel were fired upon.  

At least twoUS evacuation flights from South Sudan have been fired on, causing some injuries, say reports from Uganda, where the planes landed.

The aircraft were attacked near Bor, which is occupied by forces loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar, Ugandan officials say.

South Sudan has been in turmoil since President Salva Kiir accused Mr Machar a week ago of attempting a coup.

At least 500 people have been killed in clashes.

Details of the plane incident are still sketchy, but it appears at least one of them was hit, and several US personnel were injured.

The aircraft returned to Uganda's Entebbe airport near the capital Kampala.


Fri Dec 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM PST

Random Japan

by Mishima

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Pizza Hut Japan’s latest promotion gives “golden crust pizza” new meaning

   Rachel Tackett

Though it may not be a traditional holiday dish, pizza is often the perfect entrée for the holiday season. After all, between Christmas and New Years, there’s bound to be an opportunity to throw a party for your friends, and for those who’d rather not slave away in the kitchen for a day, pizza is often the best way to provide food to a group.

Well now Pizza Hut Japan has given us a new reason to party: in its latest promotion, the company is giving away actual gold necklaces worth nearly a thousand dollars each.

That’s right, early next year Pizza Hut will be giving away eight gold necklaces with pendants shaped like pizza slices. Now, while that may not sound like much, each necklace has an estimated value of 80,000 yen (US$770)!

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Chang Song-thaek the uncle to North Korean leader Kim-Jong un and married to the sister of former leader Kim-Jong il has been executed. Last Sunday Chang was forcibly removed by armed guards during a meeting of North Korea's Communist party.

"Chang pretended to uphold the party and leader but was engrossed in such factional acts as dreaming different dreams and involving himself in double-dealing behind the scenes," the agency reported at the time

It accused him being "ideologically sick and extremely idle and easy-going", of using drugs while receiving medical treatment overseas, of having "improper relations" with women, of financial mismanagement, and leading "a dissolute and depraved life".

Given Chang's quick fall from grace and the North's propensityfor executing or imprisoning members of the family of those accused of crimes against the stater one can only guess at what fate awaits Kim-Jong un's aunt.  Additionally any one closely associated with Chang-Song  thaek could find themselves and their families on the wrong side of firing squad or the inside of a North Korean Gulag
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On Saturday China's Defense Ministry released a statement that it was creating an "air defense zone" around the Senkaku islands to protect its sovereign territory. Included with the statement was the map shown above.   Looking at the area indicated China claims a vast majority of the East China sea.  

This dispute involving these small islands came to a boil last year when the Japanese government concluded a purchase agreement with the islands private owners and nationalized them.  

Japan has held the Senkaku islands since 1895 and they were considered to of little importance.  In the early 1970's several test wells were drilled which indicated their might be an abundance of natural gas beneath the waters surrounding the islands.  Even though China along with Taiwan issued claims for the islands both governments never actively sought control over them.

Yet, as previously stated that changed with the Japanese governments purchase of the islands and all hell broke lose.  Suddenly these island for which China had shown little interest became a national obsession leading to mass demonstrations and attacks on Japanese business interests in China.    


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