Hillary Clinton compares Putin moves to Hitler’s’

In my opinion he’s like a child who’s not getting his way and is holding his breath until he turns blue except this child has nuclear weapons. AVB


AFP 3/5/14 09:29 PST

Washington (AFP) – Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has compared Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent steps in Ukraine to aggression by Adolf Hitler in 1930s Nazi Germany, a local paper reported.

Clinton, speaking at a private event Tuesday in southern California, said Putin’s apparent deployment of Russian troops into neighboring Ukraine — a former Soviet satellite state — to protect Russian citizens and Russian-speakers recalls moves by Hitler to protect ethnic Germans living outside of Germany.

The Long Beach Press Telegram which reported the story said Clinton noted that Putin has sought to provide Russian passports to people in Ukraine with ties to Russia.

In the aftermath of the ouster of Ukraine’s pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych, Kiev’s new authorities have accused Putin of inflaming tensions by sending troops into the Crimea, a majority-Russian peninsula in Ukraine.

“Now if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 30s,” the Press Telegram quoted Clinton as telling attendees at a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach, California.

“The ethnic Germans, the Germans by ancestry who were in places like Czechoslovakia and Romania and other places, Hitler kept saying they’re not being treated right. ‘I must go and protect my people,’ and that’s what’s gotten everybody so nervous,” she added.

Clinton is a potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, and she has generally shied away from much detailed public discussion of foreign policy since leaving the State Department early last year.

Her comments could be seen as offsetting her role in President Barack Obama’s much-publicized move to “reset” relations with Moscow in 2009 when she was chief US diplomat.

With pro-Kremlin forces seizing control of the strategic Crimea, Clinton said Putin “believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness,” in part by reasserting dominance over former Soviet states.

Clinton spoke of the hopes for a negotiation that will reduce tensions in what has become Europe’s worst security crisis since the end of the Cold War.

“So it’s a real nail-biter right now, but nobody wants to up the rhetoric,” she added. “Everybody wants to cool it in order to find a diplomatic solution and that’s what we should be trying to do.”

Event attendee Harry Saltzgaver told website Buzzfeed that Clinton “talked at length” on the Ukraine crisis, and that she compared issuing Russian passports to people with ties to Russia to early actions by Nazi Germany.

“She said, however, that while that makes people nervous, there is no indication that Putin is as irrational as the instigator of World War II,” Saltzgaver was quoted as saying.

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Kerry arrives in Kiev for talks with interim govt


US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kiev Tuesday for talks with Ukraine’s new interim government, amid an escalating crisis in Crimea. His visit came as the United States said it would provide $1 billion to financially-stricken Ukraine as part of an international loan. During his short stopover, Kerry was expected to meet with Ukraine’s interim president Oleksandr Turchynov and new Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. US officials told journalists travelling with Kerry Washington would provide much-needed financial aid to the new government.
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Press release on Samsung Galaxy S5

Looking forward to getting mine in April AVB

Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2014 – Samsung Electronics today announced the fifth generation of the Galaxy S series, the Galaxy S5, designed for what matters most to consumers. The new Galaxy S5 offers consumers a refined experience with innovation of essential features for day-to-day use.

“With the Galaxy S5, Samsung is going back to basics to focus on delivering the capabilities that matter most to our consumers,” said JK Shin, President and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung. “Consumers are looking for mobile tools that inspire and support them as they improve their everyday lives. The Galaxy S5 represents an iconic design with essential and useful features to focus on delivering the ultimate smartphone on the market today through people inspired innovation.”

The Galaxy S5 combines an advanced camera, the fast network connectivity, dedicated fitness tools and enhanced device protection features as consumers stay fit and connected in style.

Capture the moments that matter
Capturing and saving precious memories is one of the most important smartphone features today. The new Galaxy S5 offers superior camera functionality, featuring a 16 megapixel camera with an enhanced menu and user interface that allow consumers to effortlessly take, edit and share photos.

The Galaxy S5 offers the world’s fastest autofocus speed up to 0.3 seconds and the advanced High Dynamic Range (HDR), reproduce natural light and color with striking intensity at any circumstances. Also new Selective Focus feature allows users to focus on a specific area of an object while simultaneously blurring out the background. With this capability, consumers no longer need a special lens kit to create a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect.

Tap into the fastest connections
The Galaxy S5 offers the most advanced LTE experience and Wi-Fi performance available today, ensuring blazing fast data speeds for unrivaled media consumption and productivity.

The Galaxy S5 supports the fifth generation Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 2X2 MIMO, and supporting the large number of LTE frequency with LTE Category 4 standard. For consumers seeking an even faster connection, the Galaxy S5 now features Download Booster, an innovative Wi-Fi technology for boosting data speed by bonding Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously. No matter where a consumer is, the Galaxy S5 will help ensure they have the fastest available connection.

Be more fit and active
With the enhanced S Health 3.0, the new Galaxy S5 offers more tools to help people stay fit and well. It provides a comprehensive personal fitness tracker to help users monitor and manage their behavior, along with additional tools including a pedometer, diet and exercise records, and a new, built-in heart rate monitor. Galaxy S5 users can further customize their experience with an enriched third party app ecosystem and the ability to pair with next generation Gear products for real-time fitness coaching.

Express modern, glam look
The Galaxy S5 blends iconic Samsung design with modern trends to appeal to a range of consumer tastes and interests. The Galaxy S5 features a perforated pattern on the back cover creating a modern glam look. Its new sleek, contoured shape comes in an array of vivid colors, including charcoal Black, shimmery White, electric Blue and copper Gold, to complement the style of the individual consumer.

Essential device protection
The Galaxy S5 is IP67 dust and water resistant. It also offers a Finger Scanner, providing a secure, biometric screen locking feature and a seamless and safe mobile payment experience to consumers. The Ultra Power Saving Mode turns the display to black and white, and shuts down all unnecessary features to minimize the battery consumption.

The device will be available globally through Samsung’s retail channels, e-commerce and carriers on April.

Full details and product images are available at www.samsungmobilepress.com

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Obama: Tough Choices Nearing In Mideast Talks

The issue here is not only Arab Israeli issue. Is also a problem of geography. The Palestinian split apart as they are today, ruled by different factions it makes peace talk very difficult. I support Israel and as and American Jew I am more of a stakeholder in this. There’s the question of Jerusalem. The city is the holy center of the three major religions of the world. I know that my family living in Israel would hate my saying this but needs to be internationally ruled city run  by no one nation much like Vatican City works. With assurance is from every nation on earth that all would be free to worship there. But that is a long way away, until then those of us who pray for peace must continue praying. AVB


WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to salvage an elusive Middle East peace plan, President Barack Obama pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday to make the “tough decisions” needed to move forward on talks with the Palestinians.
But facing a U.S.-imposed April deadline, the Israeli leader declared pessimistically that, “Israel has been doing its part and, I regret to say, the Palestinians have not.” Netanyahu’s comments underscored the slim prospects of reaching an agreement to the long-running conflict, despite a robust effort led by Secretary of State John Kerry.

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US cancels Presidental delegation to Paralympics in Russia

I am so proud to live in a country that can understand ANother country’s a wish for freedom and do something about it. I don’t think we should go to war, but we should make it uncomfortable for Mr Putin to continue his aggression.AVB

By Staff, Associated Press

Monday, March 3, 2014 – 10:50 a.m.


Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, left, and the commander of the Western Military District Anatoly Sidorov, right, walk upon arrival to watch military exercise near St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, March 3, 2014. Putin has sought and quickly got the Russian parliament’s permission to use the Russian military in Ukraine.(AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, (Presidential Pressu Service)

WASHINGTON — The White House says the United States has decided not to send a presidential delegation to the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

The move is in retaliation for Russia’s military advances in Ukraine.

White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says President Barack Obama still supports the U.S. athletes participating and wishes them success.

The U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions and other potential consequences to persuade Russia to reverse course in Ukraine. Britain has also decided not to send ministers to the Paralympic Games, which start Friday.

Vice President Joe Biden spoke Monday to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. The White House says Biden urged Russia to pull back its forces and made clear that Russia races increasing political and economic isolation is the situation isn’t resolved.

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Poll shows that American consumers are spending more

Americans’ self-reported daily spending rebounded in February to an average $87, after a sharp post-holiday decline to $78 in January.
Read more at GALLUP.com.

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Egypt’s military leaders unveil devices they claim can detect and cure AIDS

If this was not such a serious subject, this may have been funny. To put false hopes into people’s minds is one of the worst offenses one can do to another person. Having worked in this field for most of my adult life, I thought that the era of  weird devices meant to cure AIDS HIV was over, sadly I was mistaken. AVB
Devices, made public by the chief army engineer, are dismissed by experts around the world and called ‘shocking to scientists’


Thursday 27 February 2014 20.36 EST
General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, sitting down
General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, who is expected to run for president of Egypt, attended the launch of the new device. Photograph: ITAR-TASS / Barcroft Media

Associated Press in Cairo

Egypt’s military leaders have come under ridicule after the chief army engineer unveiled what he described as a “miraculous” set of devices that detect and cure Aids, hepatitis and other viruses.

The claim, dismissed by experts and called “shocking to scientists” by the president’s science adviser, strikes a blow to the army’s carefully managed image as the saviour of the nation. It also comes as General Abdel Fatah el-Sisi, who toppled Mohammed Morsi in July after the Islamist leader ignored mass protests calling for him to step down, is expected to announce he will run for president.

The televised presentation – which was made to Sisi, the interim president Adly Mansour and other senior officials – raised concerns that the military’s offer of seemingly inconceivable future devices will draw Egypt back into the broken promises of authoritarian rule, when Hosni Mubarak frequently announced grand initiatives that failed to meet expectations.

“The men of the armed forces have achieved a scientific leap by inventing the detecting devices,” the military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali wrote later on his official Facebook page. Ali said a patent has been filed under the name of the Armed Forces Engineering Agency.

Well-known writer Hamdi Rizk noted that video clips of the presentation had gone viral on social media, with tweets and blogs saying the military had made a fool of itself and put its reputation in jeopardy. “The marshal’s camp has been dealt a deep moral defeat,” he wrote in a column in Thursday’s Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper. “God give mercy to … the reputation of the Egyptian army, which became the target of cyber shelling around the clock.”

Professor Massimo Pinzani, a liver specialist and director of the Institute for Liver and Digestive Health at University College London, said he attended a demonstration of the devices during a visit to Egypt but “was not given convincing explanations about the technology” and was not allowed to try it for himself.

“As it is at present, the device is proposed without any convincing technical and scientific basis and until this is clearly provided it should be regarded as a potential fraud,” he wrote in an email to The Associated Press. None of the research has been published in a reputable journal.

The uproar escalated when a scientific adviser to Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour denounced the claim and said it has no scientific base. “What has been said and published by the armed forces harms the image of the scientists and science in Egypt,” Essam Heggy, a planetary scientist at the California Institute of Technology, told the daily newspaper El-Watan in remarks published on Wednesday. “All scientists inside and outside Egypt are in a state of shock.”

He added that both Mansour and Sisi were surprised and their presence in the audience did not indicate approval. The furore started when major general Taher Abdullah, the head of the Engineering Agency in the Armed Forces, gave a widely televised presentation to Sisi and other senior officials on what he calls an “astonishing miraculous scientific invention.”

Abdullah said two of the devices named C-Fast and I-Fast used electromagnetism to detect Aids, hepatitis and other viruses without taking blood samples while the third, named Complete Cure Device, acted as a dialysis unit to purify the blood. He also said the C-Fast, which looks like an antenna affixed to the handle of a blender, detected patients infected with viruses that cause hepatitis and Aids with a high success rate.

A short film aired during the presentation showed the engineering team’s leader major general Ibrahim Abdel-Atti telling a patient: “All the results are great, showing you had Aids but you were cured. Thank God.” The patient replies: “Thank God.”

The next day, Abdel-Atti and his team held their own press conference at which the scientist said “I take Aids from the patient and nourish the patient on the Aids by giving him a skewer of Aids kofta”. .

Gamal Shiha, head of the Association for Liver Patients Care, one of Egypt’s prominent centres that worked alongside with the military, said he was angry about the “hasty” announcements. He said only one of the devices – C-Fast – underwent thorough testing.

Shiha said the C-Fast uses electromagnetic frequencies similar to those used in bomb detectors and radars and had been tested on more than 2,000 patients with a high success rate. “The technology of C-Fast is effective without doubt,” he said. However, he dismissed the claims that the other two devices detect Aids and cure viruses.

Despite the scepticism, health ministry spokesman Mohammed Fathallah said the ministry recognises the devices as legitimate. Egypt’s former Health Minister Amr Helmi, a liver surgeon by profession, said C-Fast had been approved by the ministry two years ago but he had never before heard of the other two devices.

For the general public, the uproar added to the uncertainty already fueled by years of turmoil since Mubarak’s overthrow in February 2011. “I hope that the invention turns out to be true but I don’t have confidence this is the case,” said 35-year-old taxi driver Ahmed Morad. “I don’t believe anyone … everything is very confusing. It is like a salad.”

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List of Oscar winners


Associated Press
By The Associated Press
3/2/14 20:42 PST

List of winners at Sunday’s 86th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Best Picture: “12 Years a Slave.”

Actor: Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Actress: Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine.”

Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club.”


Supporting Actress: Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave.”

Directing: Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity.”

Foreign Language Film: “The Great Beauty,” Italy.

Adapted Screenplay: John Ridley, “12 Years a Slave.”

Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, “Her.”

Animated Feature Film: “Frozen.”
Lupita Nyong'o arrives at the Oscars …

Production Design: “The Great Gatsby.”

Cinematography: “Gravity.”

Sound Mixing: “Gravity.”

Sound Editing: “Gravity.”

Original Score: “Gravity,” Steven Price.

Original Song: “Let It Go” from “Frozen.”

Costume: “The Great Gatsby.”

Makeup and Hairstyling: “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Animated Short Film: “Mr. Hublot.”

Documentary Feature: “20 Feet from Stardom.”

Documentary (short subject): “The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life.”
Matthew McConaughey, left, congratulates …

Film Editing: “Gravity.”

Live Action Short Film: “Helium.”

Visual Effects: “Gravity.”


Honorary Oscars:

— Peter W. Anderson.

— Film-processing labs over past century.

— Angelina Jolie.

— Angela Lansbury.

— Steve Martin.

— Piero Tosi.

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Putin and Obama clash on Ukraine during tense phone call

The stakes here are much higher for them than they are for the United States. Without adding the Ukraine to the Russian Federation, Putin faces a tough Road economically and this could have major consequences in his bid to remain President. I doubt if he’ll back down from this. AVB


March 2, 2014
Michael Hughes
Geopolitics Examiner

President Barack Obama urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw forces from Ukraine on Saturday or face “greater political and economic isolation,” during a 90-minute phone conversation evocative of a Cold War contest of wills. Putin demurred, saying that Russia reserved the right to protect the lives of Russian citizens against the U.S.-backed “ultranationalists” that took over the government in Kiev last week.

Secretary of State John Kerry turned up the heat on Saturday night by condemning what he called “the Russian Federation’s invasion and occupation of Ukrainian territory,” according to a CNN report, while Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev denied that a decision had been made regarding the dispatch of forces.

Yet Yegor Pyvovarov, spokesman for the Ukraine mission at the United Nations, claimed Russia had 15,000 troops in Ukraine’s Crimea region. Meanwhile, acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov warned Russia that any military intervention would lead to war.

Russia has been roundly condemned by a number of Western countries after unmarked aircraft and masked men were detected crossing into the autonomous region of Crimea on Friday. But, according to Russia’s Foreign Ministry, all movements have been in accordance with basic Russian-Ukrainian agreements vis-à-vis the Black Sea Fleet.

Chairman of the Russian Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, indicated that the Crimean government actually asked Moscow to send troops to Ukraine “to ensure the safety of the Black Sea Fleet and the Russian citizens living on Crimean territory.”

Russia acted in response to a plea by the newly-chosen prime minister of Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov, who told local media on Saturday: “Taking into account my responsibility for the life and security of citizens, I ask Russian President Vladimir Putin to help in ensuring peace and calm on the territory of Crimea.”

The White House, in a statement released Saturday, said the U.S. would suspend participation in G8 summit meetings slated for June in Sochi and in coming days would “urgently consult with allies and partners in the UN Security Council, the North Atlantic Council, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and with the signatories of the Budapest Memorandum.”

The statement also said that President Obama had made clear to Putin that “continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity would negatively impact Russia’s standing in the international community.”

Paul Gregory chastised Obama in a Forbes piece by referring to the president as a “paper tiger” and accusing him of being “naïve enough to think that Putin will be deterred by international opprobrium.” Gregory also writes: “The constellation of forces – a political vacuum in Ukraine, a weak and indecisive U.S. president, and a European herd of cats — are aligned for him to get away with the annexation – formal or de facto – of a prized portion of Ukraine.”

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast entitled, “McCain Tells Obama How to Punish Putin,” Senator John McCain advocated for “the sanctioning of high-level Russian officials; restarting missile defense plans in Eastern Europe; and bringing Georgia, a former Soviet republic, into NATO.”

International legal expert Alexander Mercouris told RT on Saturday that a Russian military presence could actually stabilize Crimea in the midst of chaos caused by the ascendance of an illegitimate regime in Kiev. Eric Draitser accused the Western powers of hypocrisy, specifically blaming elements within the U.S, EU and NATO for instigating the unrest in the first place.

For months Ukraine’s Moscow-friendly government was locked in a bloody struggle against pro-Western factions before protesters finally took control of the capital on February 21, forced President Yanukovych to flee to Russia and set new presidential elections for May 25.

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Barely There? Chinese Company Debuts World’s Thinnest Condom

No visuals on this one. AVB
By By Denise Chow, Staff Writer 

It’s so thin it set records. A Chinese company has created the world’s thinnest latex condom, snagging the Guinness World Record for the barely-there rubber.

The so-called Aoni condom measures just 0.0014 inches (0.036 millimeters) thick, beating the previous record-holder, Okamoto of Japan,reported The Province. The ultra-thin condom was manufactured by Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products, a China-based company that produces roughly 200 million condoms annually.

Currently, the Aoni is available only in Asia, but Victor Chan, who led the project, is eventually hoping to introduce the product to North American markets. He said the design process for the thin but durable Aoni condom was challenging. [6 (Other) Great Things Sex Can Do For You]

“It was quite tricky,” Chan told The Province. “It took a lot of work to arrange the right mix and fine-tune the ingredients to give us the right performance.”

Chan is also working on developing a vibrating condom that targets a woman’s G-spot and a sanitizing condom that is coated in silver nanoparticles, reported The Province.

Innovations in condom technology have gained traction lately. Last year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pledged funding for research into the development of new condoms that are more pleasurable to wear. The initiative aims to lower rates of unplanned pregnancies and reduce the spread of sexually transmitted diseases bymaking improvements to condoms and encouraging more people to use them.

One such project, led by researchers at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, is attempting to use stretchy materials known as superelastomers to make condoms thinner. Another project, led by scientists at the University of Manchester in the U.K., is mixing latex with graphene — a form of carbon that has been dubbed a “super material” — to create condoms that are thinner, stronger and more elastic.

Both projects have received $100,000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 2012, Planned Parenthood launched an initiative during National Condom Week to track the use of protection across western Washington state. Local Planned Parenthood chapters visited college and university campuses and distributed 55,000 condoms with QR (or Quick Response) printed on the packaging. Users were then invited to scan the codes with a smartphone after using the protection to “check in” anonymously on a map of safe sex.

In addition to more serious efforts, some innovators have taken to flexing their creative muscles when introducing new condom products. Last year, J & D’s Foods, headquartered in Seattle, unveiled its bacon condom, which is patterned to resemble a slab of bacon and is flavored with the company’s Baconlube.

Follow Denise Chow on Twitter @denisechow. Follow Live Science @livescience

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