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CIA Gathers Intelligence from Ukrainian Social Media
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Sep 12, 2014, 01:56 AM

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) gathers the main source of its so-called "intelligence" on the Ukraine by reviewing blogs and social media platforms based in Kiev.

The Russia Today reports that, "Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andrey Lysenko had earlier made a statement claiming that about 2,000 Russian soldiers were killed in Ukraine while at least 8,000 were injured. The Russian ministry points out that the so-called “intelligence” data echoes the statements of the alleged human rights activist, Elena Vasileva, who shared those unsubstantiated figures with the Ukrainian UNIAN news agency over a week ago."

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Metrosexual Al Qaeda Aussie Faces Twitter Backlash
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Sep 12, 2014, 12:28 AM

28-years-old art director Jarryd Zankovic, who bears a remarkable resemblance to an al Qaeda Islamist with metrosexual inclinaions, gave an interview to B&T to discuss his grooming habits. However, his comments sparked a storm of social media mockery in the 'Land Down Under.' 

The Brisbane Times reports that, "Move over Bondi Hipsters, you've been replaced by a man from Surry Hills as "Australia's biggest wanker" according to the internet. After 28-year-old art director Jarryd Zankovic gave an interview to advertising and marketing industry publication B&T Magazine, his comments about personal style were posted and then widely criticised on social media sites."


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Samsung Taunts Apple's Livestream Failure
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 09:11 PM

Apple recently hosted a star-studded marketing event to introduce their latest gadgets to the public. Nevertheless, the livestream broadcast of the event faced a serious technical glitch.

According to Fox News, "Apple has been hit with plenty of criticism after the tech giant’s livestream of its big product launch on Tuesday ran into technical problems. Even Samsung has jumped on the bandwagon, exploiting its rival’s livestream woes in a video posted on YouTube."

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Obama to Welcome Venezuela on UN Security Council
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 08:35 PM

President Barry Obama is helping Venezuela gain a seat at the United Nations Security Council. Obama currently sits as the chairman of the UN Human Rights panel, where Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro is also a member.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Venezuela's socialist government has quietly secured the backing of Latin America and the Caribbean to obtain a diplomatic trophy that long eluded the late Hugo Chavez: a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The unanimous endorsement of Venezuela's candidacy to represent the region on the Security Council came at a closed-door meeting July 23 in New York, said Amin Cruz, a diplomat at the U.N. from the Dominican Republic, which presided at the meeting."

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Yahoo Top News Trending; Vacuum Cleaners, Not Obama
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 02:56 AM

You can always count on low-information American voters to pay little attention to the major geo-political issues of the day. Yet, have we Americans stooped to a new low? Just shortly after President Barry Obama gave a speech at the White House on TV to announce that the US military would launch air strikes against Islamist militants in Syria, American internet viewers don't seem to care.

According to the Top 10 Yahoo News trending search engine, vacuum cleaners are creating a bigger buzz on the Web right now than Obama.

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Putin Orders 'Full Combat Alert' 10 am Moscow-Time
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 01:45 AM

Apparently, Russian President Vladimir Putin is not happy about President Barry Obama's 'sector sanctions' against Russia. He has ordered his military to be on "full combat alert" as of 10 a.m. Moscow-time on the 13th Anniversary of 9/11, when Al Qaeda launched a massive terror attack on the U.S.A.

According to Ria Novosti, "Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered to hold snap combat readiness drills in Russia’s Eastern Military District starting Thursday, Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said."

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China Builds 'Must See TV' Missiles
by Tom McGregor    Thu, Sep 11, 2014, 01:17 AM

BEIJING:  The People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China has showcased its air defense sytem by broadcasting missiles attacks on primetime televsion. 

Channel NewsAsia reports that, "China has unveiled its latest military hardware on primetime television, an advanced air defence system that reports said has a "high success rate" destroying incoming missiles and aircraft."

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India PM Modi: Self-Proclaimed 'Global Warming Skeptic'
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 11:56 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined the ranks of a conservative global leader. He denounced Al Gore's Global Warming crowd as scammers.

According to the Daily Caller, "On the other side of the globe, India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently made some comments that have the media outing him as a global warming skeptic. Answering questions about global warming on Teachers’ Day, Modi told people that “[c]limate change has not occurred,” adding that “[p]eople have changed.” Modi then gave an example of how elderly Indians are complaining of harsher winters every year."


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China Considers 'Sector Sanctions' on iPhone6
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 08:16 PM

BEIJING: Chinese government officials have not yet granted approval for Apple to sell their iPhone6 smartphones in mainland China.

The China Daily reports that, "A pending government approval is likely the major reason that the world's largest smartphone market will miss the rollout of the iPhone 6. The next-generation iPhone will be available in 10 markets starting Sept 19. Hong Kong is the only Chinese territory to get in on the initial launch."

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Obama to Impose Shrinkage of Wall Street Banks
by Tom McGregor    Wed, Sep 10, 2014, 12:01 AM

President Barry Obama has his executive orders pen and phone handy as he prepares to launch new stringent regulations on Wall Street banks.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "The Federal Reserve is pushing the biggest U.S. banks to shrink so that they're less of a risk to the financial system. In testimony at a Senate hearing Tuesday, Fed Gov. Daniel Tarullo highlighted several proposals that regulators are working on. They include imposing additional capital requirements for the eight largest banks — including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America — that exceed the levels mandated by international regulators. That means the banks would have to set more cash aside and raise more money to increase their cushions against unexpected losses."

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