September 25th, 2012

Britain and Canada to have joint diplomatic missions overseas.

Britain is to establish joint diplomatic missions abroad with Canada, the Foreign Secretary William Hague will announce.

Mr Hague is to reveal details of this planned new co-operation when he meets his Canadian counterpart John Baird in Ottawa on Monday.

The agreement for joint diplomatic missions overseas could eventually involve Australia and New Zealand.

Mr Hague says it will give Britain "a bigger reach abroad for less cost".

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Food Stamp Ridicule Humiliates Woman At The Supermarket

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Cindy Nerger of Warner Robins, Ga., confronted food stamp ridicule.

Cindy Nerger of Warner Robins, Ga., said she and her husband aren't proud when they use their food stamp debit card to buy groceries.

"I felt shy when I used them and my husband does, too," Nerger, 28, told The Huffington Post. "I would try to hide the card."

But Nerger said she never expected to be deliberately humiliated. That's what she said happened last week after she argued with a manager over her bill at a Kroger grocery store. The cashier told her she owed $10, which Nerger said could not be possible because she knew food stamps covered the items in her cart. A manager eventually let her go, but not before giving Nerger a piece of his mind.

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Link to context just to make sure it gets through

Ma'am, you had my sympathy until this comment: "They’re all gonna kill us," she said. "Most of the people that we have to choose from -- Obama with his spending and his health care reform, and then Mitt Romney, he just wants to let poor people die, so either way we're doomed. So I don’t see any point in voting." Excuse me, but WHO DO YOU THINK PAYS FOR YOUR DIALYSIS AND FOOD STAMPS IN THE FIRST PLACE, LADY?!?!?! I mean ok, my mom is on dialysis as well, but bitching about Obama's health care plan makes it very hard to feel sorry for you.
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World bacon shortage "unavoidable," could cause civil unrest

Global bacon shortage 'unavoidable'

Experts say the world could be on the verge of a significant bacon shortage because of rising feed costs and declining pig populations.

Britain's National Pig Association said Tuesday that an international shortage of bacon and other pork products is now "unavoidable," and expects higher prices for consumers soon.

Recent data shows Europe's pig population declining at an alarming rate "and this is a trend that is being mirrored around the world," the NPA said in a release. Every major pork-producing European nation has fewer pigs today than they did last year, even as demand for pork products has remained high.

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Source is in a near-panic.
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China carrier a show of force as Japan tension festers

China carrier a show of force as Japan tension festers

China sent its first aircraft carrier into formal service on Tuesday amid a tense maritime dispute with Japan, a show of naval force that could worry its neighbors.

China's Ministry of Defense said the newly named Liaoning aircraft carrier would "raise the overall operational strength of the Chinese navy" and help Beijing to "effectively protect national sovereignty, security and development interests".

In fact, the aircraft carrier, refitted from a ship bought from Ukraine, will have a limited role, mostly for training and testing ahead of the possible launch of China's first domestically built carriers after 2015, analysts say.

But China cast the formal handing over of the carrier to its navy as a triumphant show of national strength -- at a time of bitter tensions with neighboring Japan over islands claimed by both sides.

Sino-Japanese relations deteriorated sharply this month after Japan bought the East China Sea islands, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, from their private owner, sparking anti-Japan protests across China.

"China will never tolerate any bilateral actions by Japan that harm Chinese territorial sovereignty," Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said on Tuesday. "Japan must banish illusions, undertake searching reflection and use concrete actions to amend its errors, returning to the consensus and understandings reached between our two countries' leaders."

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Taiwan jumping into this is nooooooooooooooooooot helping matters.
Pride & Prejudice

83-year-old grandmother calls 911; police arrive and shoot her three times

Police in Altavista, Virginia say they had no choice but to shoot an 83-year-old Christian grandmother because she would not drop her gun during a standoff.

Delma Towler, 83, grandmother and active participant in her local church was gunned down by police after she called 911. Records indicate that Towler called 911 and hung up the phone without making a report.

The call trigged an automatic dispatch of police to Towler's residence. Upon arriving police claim to have heard gunshots from inside the home. There was no indication that Towler was attempting to shoot at the police.

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GOP accuses Obama of 'abandoning Czechoslovakia'

In a stunning display of dishonesty by paid right wing commentator Liz Cheney, the daughter of former VP Dick Cheney, who accused President Obama of abandoning the nation of Czechoslovakia even though the country has not existed since 1992.

The moment came on the political round table talk show called "This Week" broadcast on ABC. In specific Ms. Cheney said this:

"He's (Obama) abandoned some of our key allies like Israel, Poland, Czechoslovakia. He's attempted to appease our enemies. The Iranians, for example. The Russians."

Now, what is wrong with this statement? The nation of Czechoslovakia has not existed since 1992.

In 1992 President Obama was working at the law firm of Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Gallard. He also landed a job teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Once again the facts do not match the Republican party's rhetoric. The unfortunate fact of this type of tactic is even though it is a blatant lie it does not matter, as the GOP is not trying to win over the entire crowd, but only influence those whose biases are confirmed by the misinformation they hear.

In a sense it is interesting to see Liz Cheney carrying on her father's legacy of dishonesty. Dick Cheney was named one the most disliked vice presidents in history. That is quite a distinction to live up to, but Liz is surely making her father proud.

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Todd Akin launches statewide tour, defies GOP leaders

On the day that Republican leaders had hoped Todd Akin would drop out of the Senate race, the defiant GOP nominee launched a statewide bus tour with renewed backing from fiscal and antiabortion conservatives.

Alongside more than 100 supporters, many of them faith leaders at conservative congregations, the GOP candidate whose campaign was upended by his "legitimate rape" comments is being celebrated by many on the right flank for bucking the establishment's calls to step aside.

As Tuesday's final deadline to withdraw neared, Akin played up his underdog role and his campaign appeared reinvigorated in its efforts to defeat incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.

"People have asked me, 'Are you quitting? Are you dropping out?' " Akin said at the start of the tour in the ballroom of a downtown hotel. "I don't believe that is my decision. The decision has been made by the voters of the state of Missouri."

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