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OND Editors  OND is a community feature  on Daily Kos, consisting of news stories from around the world, sometimes coupled with a daily theme, original research or commentary.  Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00AM Eastern Time.

OND Editors consist of founder Magnifico, regular editors jlms qkw, maggiejean, wader, Oke, rfall, and JML9999, alumni editors palantir, BentLiberal and ScottyUrb, guest editor annetteboardman, and current editor-in-chief Neon Vincent.   We invited our readers to comment & share other news.

BBC:UK GDP: Economy shrank at end of 2012

UK GDP: Economy shrank at end of 2012

The UK economy shrank by 0.3% in the last three months of 2012, further fuelling fears that the economy could re-enter recession.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the fall in output was largely due to a drop in mining and quarrying, after maintenance delays at the UK's largest North Sea oil field.

The economy had grown by 0.9% in the previous quarter, boosted by the London 2012 Olympic Games.

For the whole year, growth was flat.

BBC:Mali crisis: Troops 'take northern town of Hombori'

Mali crisis: Troops 'take northern town of Hombori'

Malian and French troops have retaken the town of Hombori, officials say, as they continue their campaign to regain control of northern Mali from rebels.

Hombori lies about 160km (100 miles) from the Islamist stronghold of Gao.

Earlier, French warplanes reportedly bombed rebel positions, fuel stores and ammunition dumps near Gao.

But there were also reports that rebels had blown up a bridge linking the east of the country with Niger, from where African troops plan to open a front.

BBC:UN 'plans to fight rebels in DRC'

UN 'plans to fight rebels in DRC'

The UN wants to set up an intervention force to fight rebels fuelling conflict in DR Congo, says a UN official.

Meanwhile, eight African presidents are set to sign a UN-brokered accord aimed at bringing stability to the region.

As many as 800,000 people have been displaced since the M23 rebel group took up arms against the Kinshasa government last May.

It accuses President Joseph Kabila of failing to honour an earlier peace deal to integrate rebels into the army.

BBC:Fatal clashes on Egypt uprising anniversary

Fatal clashes on Egypt uprising anniversary

Egyptian opposition supporters are protesting across the country on the second anniversary of the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power, with five people killed in the city of Suez.

Police clashed with President Mohammed Morsi's opponents in Cairo outside his palace and near Tahrir Square.

Alexandria also saw clashes. In Ismailia, protesters set fire to the HQ of the Muslim Brotherhood's party.

Critics accuse Mr Morsi of betraying the revolution, which he denies.  

BBC:Japan envoy meets Chinese leader amid islands dispute

Japan envoy meets Chinese leader amid islands dispute

An envoy for Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has met China's leader Xi Jinping in Beijing, amid a growing territorial dispute.

Natsuo Yamaguchi, head of the junior party in Japan's ruling coalition, handed Mr Xi a letter from Mr Abe - its contents have not been disclosed.

Mr Yamaguchi said the two had agreed it was important to maintain a dialogue.

Mr Xi urged Japan to "work hard with China" to resolve the issue, a Chinese foreign ministry statement said.  

BBC:Russia Chechnya: Two Islamist commanders 'killed'

Russia Chechnya: Two Islamist commanders 'killed'

Russian security forces have killed two Islamist commanders and at least nine other militants in an operation in Chechnya, security sources say.

The two commanders were named as brothers Khusein and Muslim Gakayev, who were among the region's "most wanted" men.

Among other attacks, they were accused of trying to kill Chechnya's Moscow-backed leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

They were reportedly killed after security forces responded to an ambush.

Reuters:Analysis: Lengthy 787 probe, fixing problem, may cost Boeing dear

Analysis: Lengthy 787 probe, fixing problem, may cost Boeing dear

(Reuters) - The slow progress of investigations into battery problems on Boeing Co's 787 Dreamliner jets suggest the new plane could be grounded for months, raising fears that the financial hit to Boeing will be greater than had been initially predicted.

Wall Street had been working on the assumption that safety inspectors would find the root cause of two battery incidents in the United States and Japan within weeks and Boeing would implement a speedy fix costing no more than a few hundred million dollars.

But on Thursday, the head of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said it was only "early" in its investigation of a fire on a Japan Airlines Co Ltd jet in Boston on January 7, while Japanese aviation authorities appear no closer to resolving a battery problem that caused an emergency landing of a domestic All Nippon Airways Co Ltd flight last week.

"Saying we are in the early stages of the investigation sent a resounding message to those who thought this was a quick fix," said Carter Leake, aerospace analyst at BB&T Capital Markets.

Reuters:At Davos, bankers close in on Africa

At Davos, bankers close in on Africa

(Reuters) - Move over, China. The market that has got bankers attending the World Economic Forum at Davos this year excited is Africa.

"One market where we see plenty of opportunity is Africa," Peter Sands, Standard Chartered's (STAN.L) chief executive, said during an interview. "It's a part of the world that doesn't get so much focus because everyone, quite rightly, is all excited about India and China and the whole ASEAN region."

Chinese banks were among the first to make their way into the continent, with ICBC (1398.HK), the world's biggest bank by market value, having bought a 20 percent stake in South Africa's Standard Bank (SBKJ.J) in 2007.

Since then, other banks have started making their way into the region, mostly to facilitate trade between Africa and resource-hungry China. HSBC's (HSBA.L) chief executive for the Middle East and North Africa Simon Cooper called this "south-south trade."

Reuters:Frenchwoman freed from Mexico jail hails Sarkozy as savior

Frenchwoman freed from Mexico jail hails Sarkozy as savior

(Reuters) - A Frenchwoman released early from a 60-year Mexican jail term for kidnapping said former President Nicolas Sarkozy had saved her life by backing her case, as she arrived back in France on Thursday.

Teary-eyed but beaming, Cassez was careful to thank the current president, Francois Hollande, but made clear she considered Sarkozy's help had been crucial.

"I remember when Sarkozy took a stand in my case. It was a crucial moment. He saved my life because I went through very difficult times where sometimes I would get up in the morning and tell myself I was too tired to keep fighting," Cassez told a sea of TV cameras at Paris' Roissy airport.

"At that moment Nicolas Sarkozy arrived - and then later on, Francois Hollande. I owe him a lot," said Cassez.

Reuters:Russian tycoons concerned as Magnitsky fallout spreads

Russian tycoons concerned as Magnitsky fallout spreads

(Reuters) - It began with the death of an anti-corruption lawyer in a Moscow jail and grew into a row between Russia and the United States. Now Russia's business elite are worried their interests could be harmed by fallout from the Magnitsky affair.

With international concern spreading after the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky, some Russian tycoons are worried their legitimate cross-border money transfers involving anything from industrial investments to luxury properties will get hit by red tape.

And they complain that the Kremlin's hard-line stance on Magnitsky is not doing them any favors.

"The Russian business (community) is absolutely united. The situation is more than bad and things may well spread to the EU and UK and God knows who could be sucked in," said a Russian billionaire, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Reuters:Tokyo in drive to win back radiation-wary German tourists

Tokyo in drive to win back radiation-wary German tourists

(Reuters) - Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan is making a big push to win back German tourists, who are still avoiding the country because of concerns over radiation.

Visitor numbers from Germany, the world's biggest spenders on foreign holidays in 2011, fell 35 percent between 2010 and 2011, and in 2012 did not recover as much as other markets, Tokyo tourism officials said in Frankfurt this week.

"After the earthquake, business travelers came back fairly quickly, because business will not wait. But tourists are still cautious," said Hiromi Waldenberger, a tourism representative for Tokyo based in Germany.

Germans are especially sensitive to nuclear issues and reacted strongly to the Fukushima disaster, with Chancellor Angela Merkel taking the decision to exit nuclear power as a result.

Reuters:North Korea threatens war with South over U.N. sanctions

North Korea threatens war with South over U.N. sanctions

(Reuters) - North Korea threatened to attack rival South Korea if Seoul joined a new round of tightened U.N. sanctions, as Washington unveiled more of its own economic restrictions following Pyongyang's rocket launch last month.

In a third straight day of fiery rhetoric, the North directed its verbal onslaught at its neighbor on Friday, saying: "'Sanctions' mean a war and a declaration of war against us."

The reclusive North this week declared a boycott of all dialogue aimed at ending its nuclear program and vowed to conduct more rocket and nuclear tests after the U.N. Security Council censured it for a December long-range missile launch.

"If the puppet group of traitors takes a direct part in the U.N. 'sanctions,' the DPRK will take strong physical counter-measures against it," the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said, referring to the South.

PC Magazine:Vine (for iPhone)

Vine (for iPhone)

By Michael Muchmore

Microblogging, meet micro video sharing. Just as Twitter curtails anything of substance you'd like to say to a headline requiring a link to a blog or other webpage for any kind of depth, the free Vine app, recently acquired by Twitter, curtails your videos to a mere 6 seconds. That's not necessarily bad: Who wants to watch minute after minute of boring video? In a world where most people still think of Twitter as just short text snippets, can micro-videos make an impact?

Let's be clear: This isn't a case of "video finally comes to Twitter." You've already been able to embed a YouTube or Vimeo video in a Twitter post forever, so this isn't the first time anyone's been able two add video to tweets. Vine is more of an attempt to co-opt the craze for animated GIFs, most prominently evidenced on image-heavy mini-blogging site Tumblr.  You could also think of it as the latest entry in the "Instagram for video" app genre.

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  •  I'm Watching Real Time On HBO (12+ / 0-)

    and Howard Dean is on. The dude just rocks. Why I voted for him. I am sure within a few hours there will be a ton of videos of it showing him taking down Republicans.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:04:18 PM PST

  •  "Sugar Babies" (11+ / 0-)

    What is there to do if you're an attractive college student living in NYC, and need money to pay bills? Well you could get a job at the campus bookstore, or have a "mutually beneficial relationship" with an older gentleman for around $3,000/month. According to some claims, NYU students are among some of the most eager to sign up on "sugar daddy" dating websites compare to their peers at other schools.

    It's unclear how many NYU students have changed their majors to "Listening To 38-Year-Olds Complain About How Thin Their Hair Is While Using Cocaine At A Ski Lodge In Whistler."
    While it's not exactly prostitution per se (since no one is being paid directly for sex), it is a situation where men mostly in their 40s to 60s are paying for companionship with expectations of intimacy.

    From the New York Daily News:

    Lovely Phillips is the picture of a busy college junior.

    When the 20-year-old isn’t taking classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, or acing her serve on the tennis court, the stunning curvy fashion student meets her father for dinner and a show. Only that’s not her dad. It’s her sugar daddy.

    “I only get along with older men,” says Phillips, an aspiring celebrity stylist living in Chelsea, who’s been dating a 60-year-old she met online for the last seven months. “Older gentlemen are more attractive because there’s not much of an issue when it comes to finances and maturity,” she explains. “I am young and I need guidance. I look for guys who are willing to mentor me and help me on my career path.” And subsidize her lifestyle. Her current beau pays her $4,000 part-time tuition bill and $2,000 housing costs at FIT, and even bought her a 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop ($1,200) for her schoolwork.

    Meet the sugar babies, the New York 20-somethings who don’t want to find a job, just an older man to pay their tuition, rent and buy them fancy gifts and taken them on exclusive international vacations.

    Full-length mink coats, a new Mercedes with a monthly parking spot and $20,000 to furnish a new rent-free FiDi duplex ($6,500 a month if you’re paying) are just the beginning. They fly by private jet to Europe and spend their days in the salon getting their hair and nails done. One Manhattan sugar baby even has a bank account set up where her much older companion deposits $10,000 a month to cover “incidentals” like Chanel bags, Hermes belts and the latest Louboutins.

    •  That Is Hard To Read (5+ / 0-)
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      I recall when my brother, and I am childless, had his first kid.

      My parents have some financial means and the first thing they did was set-up a fund to help her pay for school. That she will never want there.

      She can do anywhere she wants and it will always be paid for.

      Stuff like that matters to my family.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:16:34 PM PST

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    •  I'm a graduate of NYU... (5+ / 0-)
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      If that site had been around when I was there, I would've been all over it.


    •  I suspect that... (3+ / 0-)
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      one reason it might be popular among NYU students (apart from the high cost of living in NYC) is the fact that there are so many aspiring actresses there (at the Tisch School of the Arts) who maybe view it as some sort of acting gig.

      •  Most Tisch students... (2+ / 0-)
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        will ultimately end up working as prostitutes anyway.


        •  I'm just kidding, of course... (2+ / 0-)
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          but when I was at NYU, the joke (which was funny because it was true) was that more successful people in Hollywood had dropped out of Tisch than graduated from there.

          Since then, I think it's gotten a better rep/churned out more successful actors/actresses/directors.

          •  While Watching "The Actor's Studio" (2+ / 0-)
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            I've often wondered what the "success rate" is for the students you see in the crowd?

            I remember that during one of the SAG (Screen Actors Guild) strikes there was a big article about how only the upper echelon of actors & actresses make a "comfortable" living, and the vast majority of SAG members really need the sort of negotiated benefits that are fought over during the strikes.

            And remember that out of the entire pool of struggling actors, only a small amount are SAG members to begin with.

        •  On The Other Hand.... (2+ / 0-)
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          It might be good practice for the porn industry.

          And if all else fails, I'm sure some of these guys would be amenable to them taking on the full-time position of trophy wife.

      •  Also, the fact that... (2+ / 0-)
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        NYU tuition is now around $45k/year (slightly more for Tisch).

        •  "Is NYU’s Tuition Actually A Bargain?" (2+ / 0-)
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          NYU's justification for the cost of tuition from NYU’s Blog:

          While the education one can expect to receive at NYU is comparable to that of our collegiate peers, our location—and everything that comes with that—is far from equal. In short, paying 50k a year to live in Lower Manhattan is not the same as paying 50k to live in Lewiston, Maine. Our location in “the heart of Greenwich Village” is more valuable than almost any place in the country. That’s not just my opinion, but rather a fact of simple economics.
          •  Well, yeah... (2+ / 0-)
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            I think NYU is a far better deal for (a little less than) $50k than Bates College (in Lewiston, ME), where tuition is in excess of $50k.

            But I think the real justification is the cost/value of the real estate it's located on.

            •  One Of The Worst Private Schools For Student Debt (2+ / 0-)
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              From the Village Voice (via NYU Local):

              Much of the article focuses on Lyndsey, an NYU alumna who took out over $300,000 in loans to graduate from NYU and subsequently found herself forced to make the choice between working in the industry she actually studied for and making her loan payments ($1,232 a month!). The rest of the article details why NYU is so bad at student debt, which essentially boils down to the fact that NYU is using student tuition to finance its massive expansion plans and vision of a Global University in an effort to become a New Ivy:
              “But at the same time, NYU’s status as an iconic and prolific generator of student debt is an awkward fit with the populist outrage of national education funding activists and Occupy Wall Street protesters. Prospective NYU students have less-expensive options, and NYU isn’t exactly positioning itself as an affordable institution for the masses. In fact, its tuition is so high and its financial aid so low precisely because the university is on a multi-decade spending spree, attempting to launch itself into the highest tiers of elite universities with a state-of-the-art campus and top-notch faculty.

              That sort of aspirational spending—the idea that, as former NYU president L. Jay Oliva once said, “There’s no way to get excellence, other than buying your way into it”—is, of course, only the institutional mirror of the aspirational spending NYU’s students are doing when they pay their tuition bills. For many, the belief that a diploma from a prestigious school like NYU can catapult a student into a higher socioeconomic register makes NYU’s staggering tuition seem worth it.

              There is a significant difference between these double strands of big dreams and lavish spending, though: NYU is financing its dreams with student tuition. The students are financing theirs with enormous loans that can weigh on them and limit their options for decades to come.”

  •  happy news (11+ / 0-)

    Dad united with daughter who was placed at birth with Utah couple

    He was united with his nearly 2-year-old daughter, Teleah, a day earlier, but it wasn’t official until Judge Darold McDade said so during an hourlong hearing at the Provo courthouse. While it may not be the end of the story, it was a happy milestone in the Army drill sergeant’s lengthy court battle to be united with the child, who was placed for adoption at birth without his knowledge or consent.

    "I got my daughter back," said Achane (pronounced A-chan). "I’m very happy. It’s 22 months too long, but the wait was worth it."

    Jared and Kristi Frei, the Utah couple who planned to adopt Teleah, left the court Friday through a back exit and did not speak with news reporters. Their attorney, Lance Rich, called it an "extremely difficult" time for them and their family. He asked for privacy for them and also for "the little girl whom they considered part of their family for these past 22 months."

    the headline is misleading - the adoption agency nearly conspired to take this baby away from the birth dad.


    Ted Kennedy: “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die…”

    by jlms qkw on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:13:28 PM PST

  •  Thank you!! (7+ / 0-)

    Best wishes to all here!!

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:18:11 PM PST

  •  McDonough: Obama's gatekeeper (8+ / 0-)

    Guardian: Obama names Denis McDonough as new White House chief of staff

    Barack Obama has chosen stability and trustworthiness over an injection of new ideas in the composition of his White House team, drawing on a member of his loyal inner circle, Denis McDonough, to become his new chief of staff.

    The appointment of one of Obama's closest advisers to step up to be his fifth chief of staff – which the president described as one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington – underlines the emphasis he is placing on consistency as he enters his second term. McDonough has been a trusted adviser to Obama for almost a decade since 2004 when he helped him set up his first Washington office as junior senator for Illinois, and has served for the last four years as the president's deputy national security adviser.

    Announcing the appointment on Friday, Obama said that he relied on McDonough's "intellect and good judgment. He's the consummate public servant, he plays it straight – and that's the kind of team work I want in the White House."


    McDonough, one of 11 children from a devout Catholic family from Minnesota...

  •  Thank you JML9999 ... (9+ / 0-)

    Good choices.  

    This isn't surprising -- from the OND.  

    The UK economy shrank by 0.3% in the last three months of 2012, further fuelling fears that the economy could re-enter recession.
    Austerity doesn't create jobs so collecting taxes doesn't happen nor are the jobless able to buy stuff to help stimulate other stuff.  Let's hope the US doesn't fall for the austerity trap.

    The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.― Neil deGrasse Tyson

    by maggiejean on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:26:08 PM PST

  •  Slippery slope gets slipperier (9+ / 0-)

    Spiegel: Germany Plans to Deploy Armed Drones

    Bowing to pressure from the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, the federal government in Berlin is preparing to deploy armed, unmanned drones in foreign conflicts. In an answer to an official query made by the far-left Left Party, which has been obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, the German government wrote that its experience in foreign combat operations has made it clear that reconnaissance vehicles must be armed "in order to provide protection against sudden and serious changes in the situation."

    As opposed to unarmed surveillance drones, these aircraft could attack known targets in a "quick, precise and scalable" way, the document stated. "In addition, the new features would confront opposing forces with a permanent and unpredictable threat that would limit their ability to act." It went on to say that the weapons boost safety and security through "credible deterrence," pointing to the "Predator" drones used by the United States as a possible model.

    The government decision on armed drones brings the German air force one step closer to implementing a long-standing plan to dramatically alter the country's drone fleets. Unlike the United States, Germany has only been using unarmed drones in combat. For aerial reconnaissance in Afghanistan, the Defense Ministry leases the drone model "Heron 1" from an Israeli consortium and also relies on drones built by the German company Rheinmetall. But the government's contract with the Israeli group runs out at the end of 2014, and the military has been searching for a replacement for some time now.

  •  Another 2nd Amendment "Hero" (7+ / 0-)

    PioneerPress: St. Paul man pointed AK-47 at daughter during argument over grades, charges say

    A St. Paul man pointed an AK-47 rifle at his 15-year-old daughter in a dispute over her getting two B's instead of straight A's, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday, Jan 25.

    The Ramsey County attorney's office charged Kirill Bartashevitch, 51, of St. Paul with two counts of terroristic threats, one against the girl and the other against her mother. Bartashevitch is a Minneapolis Public Schools employee. The complaint gives this account:

    Police were called to Central Senior High School on Jan. 17 after a school social worker received a report from a parent who said she'd been monitoring her son's electronic communications and saw a message to her son. In the message, Bartashevitch's daughter said her father had pointed a rifle at her.

    •  So We Got That Going For Us (4+ / 0-)
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      if I got a B my mom and my dad would point that out to me. I should work harder. Bitch at me. Point a gun at me, well not so much.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:35:53 PM PST

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    •  I would have thrown a party if one of my kids got (2+ / 0-)
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      a 'B'.

      I worked with a guy years ago who had a son that really wanted to get into the Academy. If you aren't the son or daughter of a Senator or a legacy, good luck. This poor kid was so distraught that he brought home a 'B' grade, that he climbed a silo and jumped to his death. Wow. Now that is competitive. The family was inconsolable. You can never replace a life. We should never forget that.

      Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length. -- Natalie Grant

      by BusyinCA on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 02:02:15 AM PST

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  •  Shell Oil Arctic drilling barge marooned (7+ / 0-)

    They don't even know to free it.

    Seriously, though, we can trust these guys to be fastidious custodians of the delicate Arctic environment!

    Shell drill barge remains in remote Alaska bay
    Associated Press
    Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A spokesman for the salvage of a Royal Dutch Shell PLC drill barge says salvers have not made a plan for moving the vessel from Alaska's Kodiak Island.

    Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

    by Simplify on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:40:36 PM PST

    •  Look I Am All For Getting Some Oil (3+ / 0-)
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      I mean I don't really mind it. Just figure out how to do it and not soil the world around the place. I drive a car. I got something of a carbon footprint. But my gosh .....

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 09:46:54 PM PST

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  •  Woz is not a happy techie: (4+ / 0-)
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    Steve Wozniak says scene "totally wrong" in Ashton Kutcher's "jOBS"

    I read the Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson last year, was sorta looking forward to the movie. In 1984, I spent a week at the Cupertino campus, right when the Mac came out. It was like a hippie Disneyland, and we had to learn how to use this mouse thing. No more >edit c:autoexec.bat.

    Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, says filmmakers got it "totally wrong" in a recently-released scene from Ashton Kutcher's upcoming Steve Jobs biopic,"jOBS."

    In the scene, Kutcher's Jobs tries to persuade Wozniak, portrayed by actor Josh Gad, that consumers at that time would actually be interested in buying personal computers if they were available. Wozniak is none too receptive to the idea.

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 10:36:41 PM PST

  •  The French at Timbuktu (0+ / 0-)

    quite the symbolism there, with French troops now reported en route to retake Timbuktu.

    After this, Hollande has major credit with me. He can have quite a lot of mistakes (or maitresses) before my gratefulness for this intervention will wear off. And I am not French, not malian, not african, not black, not anything else than simply human and progressive. Anyone wondering about this should ask themselves how the world would have looked like with islamist extremists in Bamako, looking around for the next object. Futa Djalon? Dakar? Whatever comes now, Hollande has saved the world a whole lot of trouble. He has also saved Mali, and for that I congratulate Malians, it´s a free gift courtesy of solidarity:)

    (my inquiet is of course what comes next. Politics is now needed not guns - after guns have done their part. I do hope, unoptimistically, that they´ll get that done too.)

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