AVE MARIA - by Helene Fischer - video ~ link
The Royal did not actually attempt to bag any pheasants himself but joined the group – which included a number of his family – for lunch.
Australian military seeks UK soldiers facing redundancy ~ link ~
Doctors confirmed that the cancer hadn't metastasised or affected her lymph nodes, Mr Scoccimarro said. "The illness has been contained," he added.
You Won't Believe how corrupt, lazy, and stinking rich our Congress Critters have become ~ link ~ If our founding fathers could see the cesspool that the U.S. Congress has become today, they would roll over in their graves. Most Americans don't realize this, but we already have a "part-time Congress". Members of Congress only "work" a little over a third of the days on the calendar. The rest of the time they have off. It is no wonder why so many members of Congress are involved in so much corruption - they have so much free time on their hands that they are bound to get into trouble. Many members of Congress also use their positions of power and the information they learn during the course of their duties to become fabulously wealthy. At a time when incomes nationally are actually declining, our Congress critters are becoming stinking rich at a staggering pace. Yes, politics in America has always been a game that is funded and played by wealthy individuals, but things have gotten so extreme that it is hard to argue that average Americans have any control over Congress at all at this point. Instead of a government "of the people, by the people and for the people", we now have a government "of the wealthy, by the wealthy, and for the wealthy". If you doubt this, just keep on reading.
US lawmakers get richer as voters struggle ~ link ~ The papers reported figures from the Center for Responsive Politics that showed the median net worth of a member of Congress stood at $913,000 and is climbing, compared to $100,000 and falling for the rest of the population.
Why? "I am too notorious for the brave new world."
By ejecting Surkov from the Kremlin just two months before the presidential election, Putin is betting that he can neutralize some of the anger against his rule by projecting the impression of a brave new world of political reform.
Israel strikes Gaza Strip for second time in hours ~ link ~ A statement by the IDF Spokesman's Office said that the second strike targeted a global Jihad terror cell in the northern Strip that was planning to attack the western part of Israel's border with Egypt.
The alert goes out from a taxi driver or a street vendor, equipped with a high-end handheld radio and paid to work as a lookout known as a “halcon,” or hawk.
The radio signal travels deep into the arid countryside, hours by foot from the nearest road. There, the 8-foot-tall (2-meter-tall) dark-green branches of the rockrose bush conceal a radio tower painted to match. A cable buried in the dirt draws power from a solar panel. A signal-boosting repeater relays the message along a network of powerful antennas and other repeaters that stretch hundreds of miles (kilometers) across Mexico, a shadow communications system allowing the cartel to coordinate drug deliveries, kidnapping, extortion and other crimes with the immediacy and precision of a modern military or law-enforcement agency.
IMF's Lagarde warns that global economy threatened ~ link ~ What else is 'new'? Stirling
The head of the International Monetary Fund said the world economy was in danger and urged Europeans to speak with one voice on a debt crisis that has rattled the global financial system.
WWI: The Christmas Truce at the Front ~ link ~ This story is a story of the common soldiers, from both sides, at Christmas time getting some good sense and refusing to continue to kill their fellow man just because the global bankers wanted to make more money off the carnage. Stirling
The closings fueled speculation about whether the 125-year-old retailer can turn itself around.
Our Last Christmas in the Old America ~ link ~ Read this! It is sad but true. Stirling
It’s your last Christmas in the old, prosperous, untouched America – a benevolent land of plenty, where opportunity was limited only by ambition and the knowledge of tyranny and privation was second-and -third hand. So please, by all means make it a memorable one.