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December 10, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 10, 2013

A few months ago, New Yorker Leo Grand, who has been homeless since he lost his job in 2011, was presented with an unusual proposition by a stranger: The man would either give Grand $100, or teach him how to develop a mobile app. Grand chose the latter option—and the guy who pitched the idea became the subject of a media storm. But Grand kept at it, and now his app Trees for Cars is available for sale.

Want to whip people up in a minor frenzy? Have Obama shake hands with Fidel Castro’s brother, making people forget that they did it at a memorial for NELSON FREAKING MANDELA. Perspective, guys.

A family of six went missing in a remote canyon in Nevada over the weekend, leading to a huge manhunt, but fortunately they were all found—alive—earlier today.

Bernie Madoff cried when he told his second-in-command that his ponzi scheme was a fraud.

Organic milk is healthier for you: This study says so.

21:00 // 10 months ago
April 5, 2013
Now that [North Korea] has demonstrated its technical and scientific achievements, we remind her of her duties to the countries which have been her great friends, and it would be unjust to forget that such a war would particularly affect more than 70% of the population of the planet. If a conflict of that nature should break out there, the government of Barack Obama in his second mandate would be buried in a deluge of images which would present him as the most sinister character in the history of the United States. The duty of avoiding war is also his and that of the people of the United States.
Fidel Castro, writing in Cuban state media to advise its ally North Korea against starting a war. source
19:01 // 1 year ago
February 24, 2013
18:05 // 1 year ago
October 16, 2012
Guess what? In three months, Cubans will be allowed to travel abroad without a permit. Currently, residents of the island nation have to obtain a costly permission slip from the state in order to travel overseas, and are allowed to spend less than a year total off Cuban soil. However, the foreign ministry announced today that the permit requirement will be eliminated within 90 days, and Cubans will now be permitted to spend two years abroad. (Photo: AP). source

Guess what? In three months, Cubans will be allowed to travel abroad without a permit. Currently, residents of the island nation have to obtain a costly permission slip from the state in order to travel overseas, and are allowed to spend less than a year total off Cuban soil. However, the foreign ministry announced today that the permit requirement will be eliminated within 90 days, and Cubans will now be permitted to spend two years abroad. (Photo: AP). source

5:18 // 2 years ago
January 23, 2012
First of all, you thank heavens that Fidel Castro has returned to his maker.
Mitt Romney • On what he would do with Cuba if Fidel Castro were to die. Newt Gingrich, conversely, suggests he wouldn’t be meeting his maker. DUDES, HE’S STILL ALIVE! Ron Paul, meanwhile, doesn’t understand why the U.S. isn’t willing to open up its doors to Cubans: “I think we’re living in the dark ages when we can’t talk to the Cuban people.” Santorum thinks the sanctions should continue for now: “We need to have a very solid offer to come help the Cuban people.”
21:49 // 2 years ago
October 23, 2011

Marco Rubio’s back-and-forth with the Washington Post does draw blood

  • first The Washington Post published an article that punched holes in Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s life story — saying that his parents left Cuba before the 1959 revolution.
  • then Rubio responded in an op-ed for Politico: “The essence of my family story is why they came to America in the first place,” he wrote, “and why they had to stay.”
  • now But the article did lead to some changes. Though Rubio shot back against the article, in the end, his staff changed the bio on his Web site to reflect the Post’s article. source

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11:09 // 2 years ago
April 16, 2011

Wow: Fidel Castro’s brother Raul suggests term limits for Cuba

  • two the number of terms — five years each — Raul Castro just suggested Cuba limit its elected officials to
  • 47 the number of years his brother Fidel led the communist nation for; which explains why this is a surprise source

» A rare meeting: Raul made the suggestion at a meeting of the Communist Party Congress — the first get-together of the organization in 14 years. Raul said the country needed the changes to encourage a ”systematic rejuvenation of the whole chain of party and administrative posts.” Let’s face it, Raul Castro (the 79-year-old younger brother) isn’t going to live forever. No word on what his brother thinks of this.

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20:58 // 3 years ago