Russian President Vladimir Putin's day of reckoning has finally arrived. The Australian Prime Minister threatened to shirtfront Putin over MH17 and accordingly he deployed a koala bear nicknamed, "Tony Abbot" to cuddle with the Russian leader.
Russia Today reports that, "The world’s cutest marsupials are being specially prepared for cuddling sessions with world leaders during the G20 summit in Brisbane next week. Holding a soft, furry koala has become a bucket-list attraction of any trip Down Under, and Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama and other leaders of the world’s 20 most powerful countries are scheduled to have photo-ops with the animals during the two-day summit."
Sweden claims that its Navy launched a hunt against a Russian submarine last month, but that's difficult to prove since the Scandinavian nation has practically eliminated its naval forces.
NewsMax reports that, "Sweden built up an anti-submarine force after a Soviet sub with nuclear weapons ran aground off its southern shores in 1981, but started dismantling the force as part of deep cuts in defense spending after the Cold War ended. Anti-submarine helicopters were phased out in 2008 and replacements are not expected until 2018."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed big time business deals in Argentina.
According to International Finance Magazine, "Russian businessmen met their Argentinian counterparts in Buenos Aires on November 11 to discuss investment projects in the energy, nuclear and mining industries, as Moscow seeks to lessen its reliance on the European Union due to the crisis in Ukraine. Since the conflict begun between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea’s control earlier this year, the Kremlin has turned to new allies to fill the gap its traditional trade partners have left."
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy 'Shot Caller' Hodges, a Democrat, will keep on flashing her gangsta' signs and "ain't nobody gonna stop her."
The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The mayor of Minneapolis said she won't change the way she goes about her job, as she made her first public comments about a photo that a police union leader says shows her flashing a gang sign. In a posting on her blog, Mayor joined others in making light of a story that led to a social media backlash and a hashtag that dubbed it all "Pointergate." The photo in question shows Hodges and a community activist pointing a finger at each other with their thumbs raised.
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has pledged his undying support for K12 Inc. despite the for-profit education company getting mired in scandal and poor results.
According to Tucson Weekly, "Second, K12 Inc., the for-profit, publicly traded online public school corporation which has virtual schools across the country (ours is Arizona Virtual Academy), took its second stock hit in less than a year. From a high of 37.1 in September, 2013, it plunged to 17.60 in October. It's been edging upward slowly since then, making it to 25.98 in July, but Thursday it took another plunge, to 19.42, and pretty much stayed there Friday. Investors are worried, with reason, that the corporation's growth model isn't working. Its schools have been criticized for their low student test scores. Its "churn rate" — the number of students who leave every year — is in the 30 percent range, so it resorts to high-pressure, deceptive recruitment practices to replace departing students and increase overall enrollment."
The self-proclaimed campaign manager for the "Ready for Hillary" campaign, Robby Mook has been unceremoniously ousted from his position. He was the Godfather of Hillary Clinton's 'Mook Mafia' political operatives team.
The Washington Post reports that, "A cache of emails from a private listserv maintained by Democratic operatives Robby Mook and Marlon Marshall — contenders for top positions on Hillary Clinton's potential presidential campaign — was leaked to ABC News and published Friday. But rather than coming from Republican rivals, which wouldn't be terribly surprising, the leak reportedly came from within the group's ranks."
Violent anti-EU (European Union) and anti-gay riots have erupted on the streets of Warsaw.
Sputnik News reports that, "The recent riots in Poland’s capital Warsaw, where 200 people were arrested and several dozen were wounded, are not being compared in the mainstream Western press with the violent clashes of the so-called Maidan revolution in neighboring Ukraine. The are being presented as mere “hooligans”. However, the tactics and slogans of the so called “peaceful protesters” in Kiev and Warsaw are very similar. In November 2013 – February 2014, Warsaw officially gave its 100 percent support to the violent actions of the “urban guerillas” on Maidan and blasted former president Viktor Yanukovich for arresting the perpetrators. Oddly enough, Poland’s politicians are somewhat reluctant to let the participants of much less violent riots out of jail in their own capital."
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered the Pentagon to install iCloud services on all electronic weapons and communications technology for the U.S. Armed Forces. What could go wrong? Apparently a lot, since the Russian military could shut down the USS Donald Cook when it encroached upon Russian waters in the Black Sea.
According to VoltaireNet, "The State Department acknowledged that the crew of the destroyer USS Donald Cook has been gravely demoralized ever since their vessel was flown over in the Black Sea by a Russian Sukhoi-24 (Su-24) fighter jet which carried neither bombs nor missiles but only an electronic warfare device."
The countries of Azerbaijan and Armenia appear to be headed towards an imminent war.
The BBC News reports that, "Azerbaijan's defence ministry says its forces have shot down an Armenian military helicopter violating its airspace. Three crew members were killed in the incident, according to local reports."
Urban Outfitters is planning to sell Hillary Clinton nutcrackers when the former Secretary of State formally announces her bid for the White House.
According to the New York Daily News, "Urban Outfitters has pushed the Hillary Clinton nutcracker back in the public eye. The novelty item, which first raised eyebrows during the 2008 election cycle, is exactly what it sounds like — a nutcracker with “stainless steel thighs” that “cracks (the) toughest nut” and is shaped like Clinton, complete with a pantsuit."