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December 18, 2013

Kerry announces additional aid for those displaced by Typhoon Haiyan

  • $25M worth of additional humanitarian aid has been authorized by the U.S government, for residents of the Philippines who were displaced by typhoon Haiyan late last month. Nearly 100,000 of the roughly 4 million initially displaced by the storm remain in emergency shelters at this time. source
14:38 // 4 months ago
December 17, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 17, 2013

Thanks to the arrest of a top consulate official over visa fraud involving a nanny—an arrest reportedly involving a strip search—the U.S. and India are totally on the outs right now. How bad is it? Well, India removed a bunch of security barriers from the U.S. embassy in New Delhi.

In a move that sounds utterly fitting, the U.S. government has hired a former Microsoft executive to fix the mess with Healthcare.Gov. Oy.

Google Glass can now take photos when you wink. In other news, nobody wants to see Robert Scoble wink.

To answer your question, neanderthals did in fact bury their dead. Side note: They also sold car insurance.

Edward Snowden isn’t going to Brazil. Sorry guys.

20:14 // 4 months ago

Looks like George Zimmerman has some new career aspirations

  • $100K or more is likely to be the final price for the first painting to be sold by America’s favorite Floridian, George Zimmerman. With just over three days remaining before the auction is closed, the latest offer has the painting valued at $99,966.00. and 98 bids have been placed since Zimmerman’s painting was listed on eBay yesterday morning. source
14:42 // 4 months ago
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December 16, 2013
14:58 // 4 months ago
No one really wants to go to war in Syria because it’s a huge sectarian, you know, mess, with all kinds of implications. […] But look, this is complicated. This isn’t easy.
United States Secretary of State John Kerry shares with ABC News ‘The Week’ on how he views Syria today. He also admits al Qaeda is an issue he will have to confront there. 
13:47 // 4 months ago
We’ve seen several red lines put forward by the president, which went along and became pinkish as time grew, and eventually ended up completely white. When that kind of assurance comes from a leader of a country like the United States, we expect him to stand by it. There is an issue of confidence.
Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, describes his country’s disappointment in the United States and Obama regarding the Syria conflict. 

(Source: nytimes.com )

12:35 // 4 months ago
10:14 // 4 months ago
It’s a major metropolitan area run by armed teenagers with no access to jobs or healthy food, and not long ago, while the rest of America was ranting about debt ceilings and Obamacares, Camden quietly got pushed off the map. That was three years ago, when new governor and presumptive future presidential candidate Chris Christie abruptly cut back on the state subsidies that kept Camden on life support. The move left the city almost completely ungoverned – a graphic preview of what might lie ahead for communities that don’t generate enough of their own tax revenue to keep their lights on. Over three years, fires raged, violent crime spiked and the murder rate soared so high that on a per-capita basis, it ‘put us somewhere between Honduras and Somalia,’ says Police Chief J. Scott Thomson
Rolling Stone publishes a piece on Camden, New Jersey, a town they call “America’s most desperate town.”

(via patrickdehahn)

8:32 // 4 months ago
December 15, 2013
15:30 // 4 months ago