Bear Rides Shotgun In a Lamborghini, Is Awesome: LAist

So, you\’re walking down the street in Huntington Beach and you see a Lamborghini on the side of the road. Naturally, you stop and check it out. But wait, what\’s this? People have crowded around this yellow beacon of fast driving and money.

\”Why?\” you ask yourself.

Because there\’s a bear just hanging out in the passenger seat. The driver\’s pet bear

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A Lebanese Tragedy: The Devaluation of a Life

The 20 who already died cared before – now they don’t but everyone who loved them is mourning. The dozens injured really care, as do their loved ones. It is not cool or brave or anything smart to say “who cares?”

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Who gives a fuck? was the first thing I heard today when we were made aware of another Beirut explosion. It was just a bomb all over again. And people were dead, as usual, all over again. Typical and warranted was what I had heard.

On the other side of the room, a frantic woman was calling her parents to see if they were okay. If their house was intact. If she still had a roof to return to. Then she drew a sigh of relief. And I was relieved for her. But I was also disgusted.

There I was in a room of supposedly intellectuals with two drastically different reactions to an event that should have, at least, gotten everyone to feel sorry and disgusted and horrified. Pity the nation that was more upset at a cat being microwaved or a concert being canceled than at its own children…

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The Gun Report: November 19, 2013 –

Michael Nugent, 21, died from a chest wound he suffered when his best friend’s gun dropped to the ground and fired in a home in Claremont, Calif., early Sunday. Investigators confiscated several firearms from the scene. During the week, a daycare operates out of the home.

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The Gun Report: November 19, 2013 –

22-year-old Mariah Anderson was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Walmart where she worked in New Castle, Pa., late Sunday. The gunman has been identified as the father of her three children. He is believed to have taken his own life after fleeing the scene. The victim had filed a protection-from-abuse order against him last Tuesday.

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Young Chile leaders take fight from streets to Congress – CHILE – FRANCE 24

The four congressional rookies will be sworn in in March, and have pledged to continue fighting for their cause from within the system.

Vallejo, 25, a member of the Communist Party, won over 40% of votes in the popular district of La Florida near the capital of Santiago. A trained geographer, she gained wide attention as the president of the University of Chile Student Federation, or FEch in Spanish, in 2011.

On Sunday she won a seat in Congress under the broad left-wing New Majority coalition led by Bachelet.

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Deadly blasts target Iranian embassy in Beirut – LEBANON – FRANCE 24

“There’s large scale destruction, there’s blood on the ground here on the scene. It’s not a pretty sight,” said Salhani, adding that the attack occurred, “outside the Iranian Embassy, which is surrounded by residential buildings, as most embassies are in Beirut. Many of the buildings here have their windows knocked out, you can see water spraying out of buildings and glass all over the ground.”

The al Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility for the double suicide attacks.

In a Twitter post in Arabic, the group’s spiritual guide Sheikh Sirajeddine Zureiqat, said the “double martyrdom operation” was carried out by “two Sunni heroes of Lebanon”. A later Twitter posting warned that the group will continue its operations in Lebanon until Hezbollah pulls its fighters out of Syria.

Security camera footage showed a man rushing toward the outer wall of the Iranian Embassy before detonating a belt packed with explosives. The second explosion was caused by a car bomb, said Lebanese security officials.

There were conflicting reports about whether the victims of the attack included Iran’s cultural attaché to Lebanon, Sheikh Ebrahim Ansari. Earlier Tuesday, Iran’s ambassador told the Associated Press that Ansari had succumbed to wounds sustained in the bombings.

But in an interview with Iranian state TV later Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said Ansari was critically wounded and showing “signs of life”.

Shiite-dominated neighbourhoods of Beirut have been targeted in the past few months with car bombs and rockets in what Syrian rebels say is retaliation for Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian civil war.

Hezbollah fighters in Syria have been supporting forces loyal to Assad, who hails from the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam.

via Deadly blasts target Iranian embassy in Beirut – LEBANON – FRANCE 24.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s new initiative. Many motives; one dead end.


Over the course of a few days, the Muslim Brotherhood has released two very different statements. One is defiant and was issued by their imprisoned leader, ex-president Morsi, who warns that, “Egypt will not recover from its crisis until the coup that removed him from power has been reversed.” Later on Saturday, his supporters, the national pro-legitimacy coalition, issued a very different statement during a press conference, attended by Mohamed Ali Bishr, the leading Brotherhood member, stating that it was ready to seek dialogue to end Egypt’s bloody political crisis, and interestingly, it did not call for the reinstatement of Morsi, although still several other preconditions for the proposed dialogue were set out by the coalition.

Several other initiatives have attempted to bridge the gap with the Muslim Brotherhood. These include those from the EU’s Catherine Ashton, Deputy PM Ziad Bahaa Eddin, Ex-PM Hicham Qandil, Kamal Abul Magd

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Love in the river #haiku #photography #Ezrapound

penned in moon dust

It is our objective at Carpe Diem to distill Ezra Pound’s sorrowful poem: ”The River-Merchant’s Wife” which is a translation of a poem by Li Po (an ancient Chinese poet)

While my hair was still cut straight across my forehead
I played about the front gate, pulling flowers.
You came by on bamboo stilts, playing horse,
You walked about my seat, playing with blue plums.
And we went on living in the village of Chokan:
Two small people, without dislike or suspicion.

At fourteen I married My Lord you.
I never laughed, being bashful.
Lowering my head, I looked at the wall.
Called to, a thousand times, I never looked back.

At fifteen I stopped scowling,
I desired my dust to be mingled with yours
Forever and forever and forever.
Why should I climb the lookout?

At sixteen you departed,
You went into far Ku-to-en, by the river of swirling…

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Sigh – but soon gasp for oxygen!


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Amazon Deforestation Increases 28 Percent in One Year


By Daniela Montalto

Last week, the Brazilian government released annual figures for deforestation in the Amazon and the news is not good. A total of 5,843 square kilometres are estimated lost between August 2012 and July 2013, an increase in deforestation of 28 percent compared to the previous year.

Last year’s massive weakening of the Forest Code in the Brazilian Congress lead to a massive increase in deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon.

This sharp increase in deforestation in the Amazon is no surprise—all deforestation estimates released over the last year have shown we were headed in this direction. Last year, the government passed a new Forest Code, dramatically changing the environmental law that governs forest use in Brazil, including the Amazon.

A strong agribusiness influence in the Brazilian Congress lead to a massive weakening of the…

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