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A woman, identified as Cub Scout troop leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, confronts one of two suspects who moments before viciously beheaded a British soldier on a street in London in what government officials called a “terror-related” incident. The attackers had claimed responsibility for the murder, saying on camera “The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth.” Loyau-Kennett, who wasn’t hurt, is also captured on video telling one of the men “Right now it is only you versus many people. You are going to lose.  What would you like to do?”  Both suspects were later killed shot and wounded by police.    (Photo: @sibiillamlaw / Twitter via The New York Daily News)
God damn it.

A tough woman handling a dangerous situation with grace.

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A woman, identified as Cub Scout troop leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, confronts one of two suspects who moments before viciously beheaded a British soldier on a street in London in what government officials called a “terror-related” incident. The attackers had claimed responsibility for the murder, saying on camera “The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye a tooth for tooth.” Loyau-Kennett, who wasn’t hurt, is also captured on video telling one of the men “Right now it is only you versus many people. You are going to lose.  What would you like to do?”  Both suspects were later killed shot and wounded by police.    (Photo: @sibiillamlaw / Twitter via The New York Daily News)

God damn it.

A tough woman handling a dangerous situation with grace.

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climateadaptation:

The Boston Bomber Brothers are from Chechnya (Update. NYTimes has more on where they’re from here.). So, where is Chechnya? The above maps zoom in to Chechnya and its small capital of Grozny.

Located in southeastern Europe, Chechnya is technically part of Russia. It’s war torn and in rough shape. It’s rich in oil and minerals, has a population of about 1 million people, and is an important crossroads between the Middle East, Russia, and Europe.

  • Extreme poverty, corruption, and high unemployment due to its long history of war, here. The country is in shambles.
  • Capital city: Grozny. Population 270,000
  • Grozny is spliced by the Terek River
  • Languages: Russian and Chechen
  • Major religions: Mostly Sunni Muslim, second is Christianity
  • Conquered by Russia in 1858, it was originally held by a Imam Shamil who tried to establish an Islamic state.
  • Chechnya has been fighting with Russia for independence for nearly 200 years
  • It is part of the Northern Caucuses, which refers to the collection of Russian states along the major mountain called the Caucuses. More on the Caucus region, here.

There is very little climate change research in the region. But, the area is vulnerable to water shortages, drought, agricultural mismanagement, and heavy pollution. More on the climate angle, here.

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NBC's timeline of Boston bombing developments, from the release of suspect photos to immediate aftermath of police gun battle with suspects. ›

inothernews:

  • April 18, 5 p.m. (all times ET and approximate) – The FBI releases photos and a surveillance video that show two men, one wearing a white baseball cap and the second wearing a black cap. The two men were each carrying backpacks in the footage. The FBI said they should be considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”
  • 7:10 p.m. – NBC News’ Pete Williams reports that the FBI has begun receiving names in response to their release of photos.
  • 10:20 p.m. – Gunshots are reported on the MIT campus. It is unknown at this time whether or not injuries have occurred. The site is considered “active and extremely dangerous” according to a university alert, and the area is cordoned off by responders.
  • Around 10:30 p.m. – An MIT police officer is found shot in his vehicle. He is taken to Massachusetts General Hospital and pronounced deceased. Shortly after the shooting, police receive a report of an armed carjacking in a separate section of Cambridge. The carjacking victim is held at gunpoint by two males for a half hour before being released unhurt at a gas station on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, according to a statement by the Middlesex District Attorney.
  • Some time after this – it’s unclear exactly when – police engage in a pursuit into Watertown following the carjacked vehicle. Explosive devices are reportedly thrown from the SUV, according to the district attorney’s statement, and an MBTA police officer is seriously injured. One of the suspects is critically injured, and later pronounced deceased, according to the statement
  • 11:20 p.m. – Authorities continue to investigate what is now considered an “active shooter incident” on the MIT campus and people are told to stay indoors and away from the area. Around this time, the suspects tried to use a debit card stolen from the man whose car they jacked to withdraw money from three ATMs, a person with direct knowledge of the incident told NBC’s Pete Williams. The first attempt was unsuccessful, but they withdrew $800 on the second attempt. At the third ATM, at 11:20 p.m., a withdrawal was denied for exceeding the man’s daily limit. 11:41 p.m. – MIT alert says that injuries have been reported in the shooting on campus. “The situation is still very active and we ask everyone to stay inside.”
  • 11:44 p.m. – The Massachusetts State Police say in a statement that the search for a suspect or suspects is considered ongoing.
  • April 19, about 12:15 a.m. – A statement from the Middlesex District Attorney says Cambridge police and the Massachusetts State Police are investigating a “fatal shooting” in Cambridge, believed to be the MIT officer.
  • 12:31 a.m. – MIT advises people on campus to remain indoors. “Police have NOT determined that the campus is safe.”
  • About 1:15 a.m. – NBC News’ Tom Winter reports a massive police presence, including state troopers and police cruisers with lights and sirens blaring, in the Boston suburb of Watertown, where there were reports of violence. Several ambulances were also on the scene.
  • 1:51 a.m. – Tom Winter reports that the National Guard and FBI are on scene in Watertown, and have secured a perimeter.
  • 1:57 a.m. – “Police have determined that the suspect in this evening’s shooting is no longer on campus,” MIT tweets. “It is now safe to resume normal activities.”
  • 2 a.m. – The FBI releases four new photos of the two men, one in a white hat and one in a black hat, at the Boston Marathon.
  • 2:20 a.m. – The New York Times publishes an article quoting Watertown residents who say that two men hid behind a black Mercedes SUV and engaged in a shootout with a large number of police officers. The men, about 200 feet apart, exchanged “constant gunfire,” and the two shooters lit an explosive that lands in the space between themselves and the police, then exploded. One of the two men then ran toward police and was tackled, an eyewitness tells the Times.
  • About 2:45 a.m. – While it is known that one suspect is down in Watertown, it is still not clear whether or not the shooting at MIT and the firefight in Watertown are related to the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • 2:54 a.m. – Watertown resident and eyewitness Andrew Kitzenberg tells MSNBC that authorities have deployed a bomb squad robot near where the shootout occurred.
  • 4:16 a.m. – Two law enforcement sources tell NBC News that the suspect pictured in the black hat is dead, and the suspect in the white hat is at-large and considered armed and dangerous. The officials say the shootings at MIT and in Watertown are directly related to the marathon bombings.

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England’s Smartest Family is Black:We won’t hear about this in the news…..England’s Smartest Family is BlackMeet the “First Family of Education” in England . They are black.Peter and Paula Imafidon, 9-year-old twins from Waltham Forest in northeast London , are a part of the highest-achieving clan in the history of Great Britain education. The two youngest siblings are about to make British history as the youngest students to ever enter high school. They astounded veteran experts of academia when they became the youngest to ever pass the University of Cambridge ’s advanced mathematics exam. That’s on top of the fact they have set world records when they passed the A/AS-level math papers.Chris Imafidon, their father, said he’s not concerned about his youngest children’s ability to adapt to secondary school despite their tender age. “We’re delighted with the progress they have made,” he said. “Because they are twins they are always able to help and support each other.”To Peter and Paula’s parents, this is nothing new. Chris Imafidon said he and his wife have been through this before: they have other super-gifted, overachieving children.Peter and Paula’s sister, Anne-Marie, now 20, holds the world record as the youngest girl to pass the A-level computing, when she was just 13. She is now studying at arguably the most renowned medical school in the United States , Johns Hopkins University , in Baltimore .Another sister, Christina, 17, is the youngest student to ever get accepted and study at an undergraduate institution at any British university at the tender age of 11.And Samantha, now age 12, had passed two rigorous high school-level mathematics and statistics exams at the age of 6, something that her twin siblings, Peter and Paula, also did.Chris Imafidon migrated to London from Nigeria in West Africa over 30 years ago. And despite his children’s jaw-dropping, history-making academic achievements, he denies there is some “genius gene” in his family. Instead, he credits his children’s success to the Excellence in Education program for disadvantaged inner-city children.“Every child is a genius,” he told British reporters. “Once you identify the talent of a child and put them in the environment that will nurture that talent, then the sky is the limit. Look at Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters [Venus and Serena] — they were nurtured. You can never rule anything out with them. The competition between the two of them makes them excel in anything they do.”
 

ybgk:

England’s Smartest Family is Black:
We won’t hear about this in the news…..
England’s Smartest Family is Black
Meet the “First Family of Education” in England . They are black.

Peter and Paula Imafidon, 9-year-old twins from Waltham Forest in northeast London , are a part of the highest-achieving clan in the history of Great Britain education. The two youngest siblings are about to make British history as the youngest students to ever enter high school. They astounded veteran experts of academia when they became the youngest to ever pass the University of Cambridge ’s advanced mathematics exam. That’s on top of the fact they have set world records when they passed the A/AS-level math papers.

Chris Imafidon, their father, said he’s not concerned about his youngest children’s ability to adapt to secondary school despite their tender age. “We’re delighted with the progress they have made,” he said. “Because they are twins they are always able to help and support each other.”
To Peter and Paula’s parents, this is nothing new. Chris Imafidon said he and his wife have been through this before: they have other super-gifted, overachieving children.
Peter and Paula’s sister, Anne-Marie, now 20, holds the world record as the youngest girl to pass the A-level computing, when she was just 13. 

She is now studying at arguably the most renowned medical school in the United States , Johns Hopkins University , in Baltimore .
Another sister, Christina, 17, is the youngest student to ever get accepted and study at an undergraduate institution at any British university at the tender age of 11.
And Samantha, now age 12, had passed two rigorous high school-level mathematics and statistics exams at the age of 6, something that her twin siblings, Peter and Paula, also did.

Chris Imafidon migrated to London from Nigeria in West Africa over 30 years ago. And despite his children’s jaw-dropping, history-making academic achievements, he denies there is some “genius gene” in his family. Instead, he credits his children’s success to the Excellence in Education program for disadvantaged inner-city children.
“Every child is a genius,” he told British reporters. 

“Once you identify the talent of a child and put them in the environment that will nurture that talent, then the sky is the limit. Look at Tiger Woods or the Williams sisters [Venus and Serena] — they were nurtured. You can never rule anything out with them. The competition between the two of them makes them excel in anything they do.”

 

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quirkytaiwan:

13 Photos From Taiwan’s First Same-Sex Buddhist Marriage

Huang Mei-yu and Yu Ya-ting wed Saturday in a traditional Buddhist ceremony. Their union still isn’t recognized by the Taiwanese government, though support for gay marriage is mounting across Asia.

By Jessica Testa on Buzzfeed

Buddhist Master Shih Chao-hwei performed the ceremony, giving the women his full support: “I am certain you will lead a life of happiness together, especially after you have overcome so much difficulty and societal discrimination,” he said. “You have blessings not only from the Buddha, but also from those whom you may or may not know who are in attendance.”

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Before we start the broadcast tonight, I just want to address my recent absence from the national conversation. As the hub around which the republic turns, I can understand why the machinery of this great nation ground to a halt last week when you were denied (motions to face) this. Now I know you felt the same way I do when I’m in a room with no mirrors.

And folks, there were some wild rumors about why I was gone. These are actual rumors from the actual Internets: some people said my show was cancelled by the Federal Communications Commission at the request of the Federal Election Commission because I was about to announce my presidential candidacy — not gonna happen; others said I was cancelled because I offended the Catholic Church when I compared to the Pope’s hat to a giant, yet stylish, prophylactic; still others said I was in rehab — always an attractive option if they have that for Diet Coke.

And one person — or whatever part of that original person has not been dermabrased off of Joan Rivers’s skull — accused me of taking time off to have plastic surgery. (Plays video of Joan Rivers saying ‘He had a nose job.’) Wrong, Joan — I did not have my eyes done. That is ridiculous. I had my ass done. The doctors cranked this thing so high and tight I can barely blink now. Anyway, rumors quelled: moving on.

Oh, one more thing: evidently, having 11 children makes you tough as nails.

STEPHEN COLBERT, opening the Feb. 20, 2012 edition of The Colbert Report, after returning from a two-day hiatus during which he tended to his ill mother.

He ended the monologue by saying “Confidential to a lovely lady,” before making an apparent gesture of support to his mom.

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10 Great Tumblr Blogs for News Junkies - Social Web Daily | MyLife’s Social BlogSocial Web Daily ›

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imwithkanye:

  1. The EconomistSelf-ascribed as “the most trusted source of global news analysis,” The Economist has been delivering noteworthy news pieces since 1843. This Tumblr page aggregates thought-provoking quotes, the week’s cartoon, and curated long-form pieces from the Economist website and the magazine.
  2. Short Form Blog: Short Form’s motto is: “Read a little. Learn a lot.” This Tumblr is perfect for news junkies on the go. It delivers important news in bite-size nuggets, so you don’t waste anytime reading fluff while trying to keep up with the latest news. Pull quotes and succinct summaries make this Tumblr a must for news advocates who are short on time.
  3. Brooklyn Mutt: Peter Wade of The Daily runs this catch-all Tumblr blog. The site is primarily concerned with rounding up the latest news—from breaking stories and international headlines, to movie releases, viral memes, celebrity tweets, and more.
  4. Neigborhoodr: Sometimes quality local news is tough to find. The Neighborhoodr Tumblr blogs are looking to change that with their hyper-localized network of news blogs. Just choose your city from the list and read up on local issues. It’s a great way to stay informed of neighborhood initiatives, events, and more.
  5. Journal of a Journalist: For true news-philes, this blog by Neil Ungerleider of Fast Company, provides interesting insight into the world of journalism. You’ll find interesting news stories, invaluable commentary, and an awesome sci-fi slant. A great place to find news you didn’t even know you cared about.
  6. GOOD: GOOD is a great place to stay informed on all things humming in the philanthropic world. Whether it’s the latest efforts to reform education, new findings on gender disparity in the media world, or a think piece on organic wine, you can get all of your humanitarian-focused news here.
  7. Future Journalism ProjectThe Future Journalism Project “explores disruption, opportunity, and innovation in journalism” and it sure does deliver. You’ll find tons of news pieces relating to the current state of journalism—and tons more on what’s soon to come. Whether you’re looking for insight into Patch, Pinterest, or issues affecting journalism, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for on the Future Journalism Project. It’s a great way to stay up-to-date on issues affecting the news industry.
  8. Breaking News: CNN’s Breaking News has an extremely active Twitter account, Facebook page, and website. So it should come as little surprise that their Tumblr page is yet another great medium to get the latest in breaking news. This clean, streamlined blog shows headline-worthy photos and posts important news from around the globe.
  9. The AtlanticThe Atlantic’s Tumblr blog is a perfect antidote to offset the anxious lulls between the magazine’s released issues. It showcases gorgeous photos, provocative quotes, and interesting memes found across the web. It’s a great way to keep up with the publication while you eagerly await the next full issue.
  10. Mother Jones: Get your MoJo fix in a whole new way, with the Mother Jones Tumblr page. The site features a range of intriguing news bits—from pressing current issues, economic op-eds, and political insights, to viral memes and witty pictures. Plus, if you feel so inclined, you can ask a MoJo editor anything you want using Tumblr’s Q&A feature.

Awesome list. No imwithkanye though. #disappointed

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When I was growing up, you had three networks. Whether you were a Republican or a Democrat, you took basically the same facts in and you digested them and you came up with your own opinions. Now we tend to go to the place that best represents what we believe in, Fox News if you’re conservative, MSNBC if you’re liberal, what have you. We’re starting from such a polarized place in the aisle that we’re unable to get together and talk about the things that are actually important.

George Clooney (xxx).

For historical purposes, I’m keeping this running tab of who reported what about Gaddafi. I’ll update as needed; please feel free to leave relevant links in my replies.

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