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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Poroshenko: Boris Nemtsov Killed Over Evidence Linking Russia To Ukraine Conflict

"He said he would reveal persuasive evidence of the involvement of Russian armed forces in Ukraine. Someone was very afraid of this ... They killed him," Poroshenko said in televised comments during a visit to the city of Vinnytsia.

via www.huffingtonpost.com

Totally believable.

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The XX Committee | Russia

Besides, Russia’s return to atavism is more disturbing to Westerners than any ISIS madness. At a deep, if unstated level, Muslims acting like barbarians has been part of our script for so long that it fails to stir our fears except when it comes close, as in Paris recently. The only thing that’s shocking is how the madmen are capturing it all on YouTube now. But Russians are Europeans of a sort, they look rather like us, but they certainly don’t think and act like us, and this is disconcerting to Europeans, and many Americans, at a level that cannot be easily expressed. The white caveman of progressive nightmares is back, and his name is Vladimir Putin.

via 20committee.com

Read the whole thing. This guy is good.

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Hope dies last

As the situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate, with the Russian military and its “rebel” minions never having honored the Minsk-brokered “ceasefire” for even an hour, something like low-grade panic is setting in among NATO capitals. Western elites have a tough time sizing up Putin and his agenda realistically, for reasons I’ve elaborated, and the situation seems not to be improving.

German has a delightfully cynical line, die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt (hope dies last), that sums up much of the wishful thinking that currently holds sway in Berlin, Paris, and Washington, DC. As the reality that Putin knows he is at war against Ukraine, and may seek a wider war against NATO too, is a prospect so terrifying that thousands of Western diplomats and “foreign policy experts” would rather not ponder it, so they don’t.

via 20committee.com

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Will Looming Spikes Change Minds on Warming? : Discovery News

Humanity is about to experience a historically unprecedented spike in temperatures.

via news.discovery.com

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Cherry company owner kills self after drug operation found - NY Daily News

A cherry manufacturing king committed suicide in a Brooklyn factory after his business was exposed Tuesday as a “Breaking Bad”-style drug den, sources said.

“Take care of my kids!” Arthur Mondella, 57, screamed to his sister after locking himself in a bathroom at the Dell’s Maraschino Cherries company.

via www.nydailynews.com

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For Asian Americans, a changing landscape on college admissions - LA Times

“Do Asians need higher test scores? Is it harder for Asians to get into college? The answer is yes,” Lee says.

Zenme keyi,” one mother hisses in Chinese. How can this be possible?

via www.latimes.com

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The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site' | US news | The Guardian

“Homan Square is definitely an unusual place,” Church told the Guardian on Friday. “It brings to mind the interrogation facilities they use in the Middle East. The CIA calls them black sites. It’s a domestic black site. When you go in, no one knows what’s happened to you.”

via www.theguardian.com

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Leonard Nimoy, a pop culture force as Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dies at 83 - The Washington Post

“Someday,” producer Gene Roddenberry said many decades ago, “I’m going to make a science-fiction series and put pointed ears on that guy.”

via www.washingtonpost.com

For a while, Mr. Spock was my role model.

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Can Elizabeth Warren be the new Ted Kennedy? - Opinion - The Boston Globe

Senator Elizabeth Warren knows what it takes to go viral — just turn left.

via www.bostonglobe.com

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That should do it. She'll never win now.

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Who killed at CPAC, the GOP's red meat 2016 auditions? - LA Times

Here's what we learned: Bush has staying power, despite conservatives' suspicion that he's a closet moderate. Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is hot — the new more-conservative hope to stop the Bush juggernaut. Sens. Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) could rise if Walker stumbles. Chris Christie looks like a spent force. And Rand Paul is still Rand Paul.

via www.latimes.com

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