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Saturday, January 10, 2015

The View From Your Window Contest

You have until noon on Tuesday to guess it. City and/or state first, then country. Please put the location in the subject heading, along with any description within the email. If no one guesses the exact location, proximity counts. Be sure to email entries to contest@andrewsullivan.com. Winner gets a free The View From Your Window […]



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Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur: Premier League – live!

Kevin Pietersen offers to play for Australian PM’s XI against England

• Batsman made the offer while playing in the Big Bash

• Chris Woakes keen to continue his death-bowling role

Kevin Pietersen has cheekily offered to play against England for the Australian Prime Minister’s XI in Canberra, saying he is keen to replace Mike Hussey, who has a calf injury.


“In the Prime Minister’s game on Wednesday, Mr Michael Hussey’s missed out. Jeez, I fancy that,” Pietersen said on the microphone while playing for Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash.


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Nigeria: bomb blast kills at least 19 at crowded market in Maiduguri

Reports suggest young girl of about 10 was source of explosion in capital of Borno State

At least 19 people have been killed in a bomb blast at a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, with some reports suggesting a young girl of about 10 was the source of the explosion.


The powerful blast rocked the city’s Monday Market on Saturday at about 12.40pm (1140 GMT) while packed with shoppers and traders.


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Plane wobbles into windy Leeds airport - video

Footage shows a small aircraft struggling to land in gail forces winds at Leeds Bradford Airport on Friday. The plane can be seen wavering in the wind as it makes an angled approach towards the runway, before finally touching down. Winds of up to 60mph have buffeted parts of north England, downing trees an disrupting travel in the region Continue reading...





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The fundamentalist school that may have taught the Kouachi brothers to kill

The Paris gunmen are thought to be among thousands of ‘ardent’ western students trained in deadly skills in Yemen

The path is well-trodden: from a tough housing estate in a western city, through a scruffy, colourful, traffic-choked capital 3,500 miles away, on to one of the country’s religious schools, and eventually into a violent extremist organisation.


The journey has been made by thousands of young western Muslim men over the two decades or more that contemporary Islamic militancy has posed a deadly international threat. Many are converts, including some of the most wanted militants today. Some are followers, rather than leaders. Some are already committed to an extremist agenda, even if they have yet to act. Many return with a dogmatic, sometimes hate-filled, world view, but remain non-violent. Others return with the skills and contacts necessary to implement their, or their new leaders’, ambitions to kill and maim.


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After Week of Terror, French Muslims Ask: What Now?

France’s Muslim population — the largest in Europe — seems braced for a potential backlash, both political and personal, after the terrorist attacks.

















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Irish Man to Receive Pardon 74 Years After Hanging

Irish Man to Receive Pardon 74 Years After Hanging


Harry Gleeson, an Irish man hanged in 1941 for the brutal murder of Mary McCarthy the year before, will receive Ireland's first posthumous pardon in the coming weeks, The Irish Times reports.


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Chris Woakes wants World Cup death role ahead of Anderson and Broad

• Woakes only England bowler to take six wickets twice in ODIs

• ‘Sometimes you get hit for runs but it’s a great chance for wickets’

Chris Woakes is keen to continue his death-bowling role for England at the World Cup despite the return of the senior bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad.


Woakes, the Warwickshire all-rounder, is the only England player to have taken two six-wicket hauls in one-day internationals, with a memorable six for 45 against Australia in Brisbane four years ago and six for 47 against Sri Lanka in Pallekele last month. Anderson and Broad missed that series in Sri Lanka through rest and injury respectively, allowing Woakes to bowl the crucial final overs.


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Donors 'surprised' by possible Mitt Romney 2016 presidential run


  • GOP candidate who ran unsuccessfully twice considers new tilt at White House

  • Strategist: ‘Jeb Bush forced everyone’s hand’



In a move that surprised his most loyal supporters and former staff, Mitt Romney told several donors Friday he was seriously considering a third run for the White House.


It represented a dramatic shift for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, after months of insisting his career in politics is over.


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Steffon Armitage enters England equation after Ben Morgan is ruled out

Stuart Lancaster may be tempted to call in the injured Ben Morgan’s Gloucester team-mate Billy Vunipola for the Six Nations but there is another solution, albeit a tricky one, based in Toulon

• Injuries overshadow Gloucester’s last-gasp win

When England last played Wales in Cardiff two years ago, they badly missed Ben Morgan and they will be without the Gloucester No8 again when they open the Six Nations campaign in Cardiff next month. The 25-year old was carried off during Friday night’s Premiership victory over Saracens with a broken leg that will put his place in the World Cup squad in jeopardy.


Morgan, who was treated for five minutes on the pitch and given oxygen after he caught his left leg awkwardly in a tackle when he had picked up from the back of a scrum, is understood to have had an operation on Saturday. He is unlikely to play again this season and if he does not make it back he would have the target of playing in England’s pre-World Cup friendlies in August.


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Ian Bell set to open for England with Alex Hales an unlucky loser

It would be extremely harsh on the power-hitting Alex Hales were he to miss out on the World Cup – England should have used him earlier

• Morgan can drive England forward, says James Taylor

Before England left for Australia Peter Moores said he did not know his strongest team for the World Cup but three days after the team’s arrival it appears he has settled on a new opening partnership of Moeen Ali and Ian Bell.


Alastair Cook’s removal as captain before Christmas left England’s World Cup plans in a state of flux, with the strategy devised four years ago jettisoned weeks before the start of the tournament in Australia and New Zealand.


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Schedule for Week of January 11, 2015





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Memoirs Of A Compulsive Moviegoer

In his new memoir Silver Screen Fiend, Patton Oswalt recounts his multi-year “addiction to film.” Elbert Ventura appreciates that the comedian is “unsparing in evoking the condition of on-the-spectrum obsessiveness”: Oswalt has a good angle—a portrait of the artist as a young film buff—and the book underscores a point often lost in talking about movie […]



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Football clockwatch: Premier League updates and latest news – live!

The 20 photographs of the week

The Charlie Hebdo attack, the AirAsia plane crash, the fourth test at the Sydney Cricket Ground – the best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week


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New footage of police raid on Charlie Hebdo gunmen - video

French police have released footage of Friday's assault on two gunmen suspected of the killings at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Loud gunfire and an explosion can be heard in the video as police move in on the Dammartin-en-Goële print works, northeast of Paris, where Cherif and Said Kouachi were holed up. Both brothers were killed in the police operation Continue reading...





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Tories plan to raise threshold for key public sector industrial action

TUC say plans would effectively end the right to strike, at a time when the party are planning large-scale job cuts and falling pay

Radical Conservative plans to make it much more difficult for workers in key public services to go on strike have been slammed as a “democratic outrage” by trade union leaders.


Industrial action in health, education, transport and fire services will only be possible with the support of at least 40% of all eligible union members under new measures which will be included in the Conservative manifesto.


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No chance of finding missing Brighton men alive in sea - coastguard

Search for pair swept out to sea turns into recovery mission after overnight operation in severe weather is called off


Two men in their 20s who are missing at sea feared dead are believed to have got into difficulty after one tried to rescue the other.


The search for the men off the coast of Brighton turned into a recovery mission on Saturday morning, with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency saying there was “no chance of finding them alive” after an overnight operation by rescue crews in severe weather.


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US-led coalition carries out 15 air strikes on Isis targets in Syria and Iraq


  • Three strikes in Iraq, 12 in Syria in operations carried out since Friday

  • Syrian TV and observers report new killings of Isis activists


American-led forces have launched 12 air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) militants in Syria since Friday, all but one of them near the contested city of Kobani, the US military said on Saturday.


The strikes near Kobani hit two large Isis units and destroyed 15 of its fighting positions, the Combined Joint Task Force said in a statement. They also destroyed an Isis building and one tactical unit, it said.


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Advantage Derby as Martin brings Ipswich’s unbeaten run to an end

Chris Martin scored his 18th goal of the season as a single goal from Derby proved enough to beat promotion rivals Ipswich at Portman Road.


Derby leapfrogged their opponents into second place after Martin capitalised on indecisive defending by Tommy Smith to inflict a first defeat in 13 league matches on Ipswich, who ended the game with 10 men.


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French president François Hollande addresses nation over Charlie Hebdo attacks – video

After the deaths of 17 people in attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket in Paris, and then the deaths of the three Islamist gunmen who carried out the attacks, France's president addresses the nation Continue reading...





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Sunderland 0-1 Liverpool: Premier League – as it happened

George Zimmerman arrested in Florida on charge of aggravated assault


  • Seminole County sheriff says arrest made around 10pm on Friday

  • Zimmerman scheduled to appear in court on Saturday morning



Florida authorities say George Zimmerman, whose acquittal of murdering an unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin, sparked a national debate on race and self-defence laws, has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.


The Seminole County sheriff’s office says the 31-year-old Zimmerman was arrested in Lake Mary about 10pm on Friday and is being held at the John E Polk correctional facility. The facility’s website said Zimmerman was scheduled for a court appearance at 9am on Saturday.


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French unity against terrorism may not last far beyond Paris march

The march is sure to be an impressive show of solidarity, but politicians and citizens alike will be walking for different reasons

Je suis Charlie. Nous sommes Charlie. La France est Charlie.


Under the banner of Tous Unis! (All United!), France’s Socialist government has called for a show of national unity after three days of bloodshed that were felt as a direct blow to the republican values of liberté, egalité, fraternité.


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French forces search for ex-girlfriend of hostage siege gunman

Hayat Boumeddiene, linked to jihadi killed by police in Paris supermarket raid, described as armed and dangerous


After three days of bloodshed that has left 17 people dead, French security forces are desperately searching for the former partner of one of the three Islamist gunmen killed by police.


Hayat Boumeddiene, described by police as armed and dangerous, is the ex-girlfriend of Amedy Coulibaly, who died on Friday evening when heavily armed elite forces stormed a Jewish supermarket in northern Paris where he was holding at least 15 people hostage.


Le CRIF et la communauté juive de France souhaitent rendre hommage à la mémoire des victimes de la tuerie de l'HyperCacher de Vincennes.


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North Korea will suspend nuclear tests if US calls off South Korea military drills

Seoul and Washington insist exercises are defensive in nature, but they are regularly condemned by Pyongyang as rehearsals for invasion


North Korea has offered to suspend nuclear tests if the US cancels its annual military drills with South Korea.


Through its official KCNA news agency, Pyongyang called on Washington to “contribute to easing tension on the Korean peninsula” by temporarily suspending the military exercises in South Korea “and its vicinity”. It said the message had been passed to American authorities through “a relevant channel” on Friday.


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Charlie Hebdo: survivors’ issue to sell outside France

Remaining employees to print a million copies, with distribution deals in several countries including Switzerland and Spain

The “survivors’ issue” of Charlie Hebdo will also be sold outside France next week because of the massive world attention for the satirical weekly following the massacre of its top staff.


The remaining employees of the publication are putting out the special edition next Wednesday, which they say will have one million copies printed instead of the usual 60,000 – a turnaround for a publication that just a week ago was on the brink of folding.


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AirAsia plane's tail recovered from Java Sea - video

A section of the tail of AirAsia flight 8501 is pulled aboard a recovery vessel in the Java Sea on Saturday. Investigators hope to find the cockpit voice and flight data recorders inside the tail, so as to try and piece together why the Airbus A320 plummeted into the sea on 28 December, killing all 162 people on board Continue reading...





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Why do men fake orgasms?

We presume that men are simple sexual machines and that, when it comes to sex, their pleasure is something we can see. The truth is more complicated


Faking it, according to our hackneyed sexual folklore, is what men do on the streets and women do in the sheets. But if you’ve ever had sex as a man or with one, chances are you’ve found out that’s not entirely true. In a 2010 University of Kansas study, 25% of men surveyed were found to have faked an orgasm. On average, that means men are more likely to fake an orgasm than inflate their height on a dating site (22% according to a Cornell/WM study) or inflate their salaries in an online dating profile (most add 20%, according to OkCupid’s own stats analysis).


So what are the reasons that men give for pulling a Meg Ryan? According to the Kansas study, the primary reason men fake orgasm is actually to avoid upsetting the person with whom they are having sex when it turns out they can’t orgasm at all. Men give several reasons for why they can’t, when they can’t (which are similar to what women say when surveyed): exhaustion, stress, alcohol or other drug consumption. Throw performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction into the mix and a man’s inability to orgasm has far more to do with them than it does with you.


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Jeffrey Epstein: inside the decade of scandal entangling Prince Andrew

How a telephone call set off a cascade of FBI investigations, secret plea deals and lawsuits from Palm Beach, Florida, to Buckingham Palace as questions resurface over whether the disgraced financier used his wealth and power to elude justice


The desperate woman who telephoned Detective Michele Pagan of the Palm Beach police declined to give her name and would not leave a call-back number. But she had some information that she had to tell someone.


Her stepdaughter, a 14-year-old pupil at Royal Palm Beach high school, had told a friend that she’d had sex with a middle-aged man who gave her money.


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Map Of The Day

Carl Bialik shakes his head at Indonesia: A year ago, [it] rated above average. Then, last May, the ICAO audited the country. The results were abysmal. Indonesia rated below average in all eight categories, including legislation, operations and airworthiness. The organizational structure of its civil aviation rated well below average, scoring 18 percent compared to […]



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George Zimmerman Arrested for Domestic Violence, Again

George Zimmerman Arrested for Domestic Violence, Again


George Zimmerman, America's chosen mascot for the reasonable use of lethal force, was arrested in Florida late Friday night on suspicion of domestic violence and aggravated assault with a weapon, again . At a court hearing Saturday morning, a judge granted Zimmerman a $5,000 bond.


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The Uphill Push to Save a Bike-Share Pioneer

A Canadian investor takes a chance on a pace-setting system that lost its way.

















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Kevin Jorgeson Completes Pitch 15 on El Capitan’s Dawn Wall

The climber Kevin Jorgeson made it across a brutally difficult pitch that had stymied his efforts for six days and held up his climbing partner, Tommy Caldwell, in their effort to complete one of the hardest rock climbs in the world.





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A Poem For Saturday

Dish poetry editor Alice Quinn writes: The Scottish poet Kathleen Jamie, born in 1962, is the author of seven collections, including The Overhaul, just published here by Graywolf Press and shortlisted for the T.S.Eliot Prize when it was published in 2012 in Great Britain. Too few poets from England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales are published […]



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AirAsia Jet's Tail Lifted from Sea Floor, Black Box Still Missing

AirAsia Jet's Tail Lifted from Sea Floor, Black Box Still Missing


The tail of AirAsia flight QZ8501 was lifted from the sea bed today, 100 feet below the surface and 20 miles from the passenger jet's last known location, Reuters reports. The black box is still missing.


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HydroTrinket #hydroponics

petmar0’s HydroTrinket via Twitter. A simple, Adafruit Trinket based hydroponics controller. This controller is for a flood and drain style hydropnics system, and uses two relays to control a pump and valve. The addition of another relay would allow for the controlling of lighting, but would require significant code revisions.



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Is The “Creative Class” Dying?

Scott Timberg, an arts reporter for the Los Angeles Times who was laid off in 2008, has now written a book, Culture Crash, investigating “the killing of the creative class.” He names anti-intellectualism, celebrity culture, and the decline of print as culprits, along with postmodernism: Probably the boldest claim that Timberg advances is his indictment […]



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5 Weird but Effective Health Trackers

From socks to forks, get ready to have the most mundane objects track your every move and calorie



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