New Middle East Time Bomb

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Well that is almost an oxymoron but in this case it is accurate…..in case you are confused at what I am referring to…..the Saudis beheaded a Shia cleric for criticizing the royal family……(a quick synopsis)……

The fallout in the Muslim world over Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shiite cleric is only getting worse. After Iranian protesters broke into the Saudi embassy in Tehran to protest, Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic ties with Iran, and now Bahrain has done the same, reports the BBC. The United Arab Emirates, meanwhile, is at least downgrading ties with Tehran, reports the AP. Some coverage:

At the core of the matter is the split between Sunni and Shia Islam, and the New York Timeshas a primer.

Why was this executed cleric so important? The Guardian has a profile of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and his long role as a « thorn » in the side of…

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When did it all go right?

Never Knowingly Underwhelmed

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The result of Jeremy Corbyn‘s shadow cabinet reshuffle, a fairly unexplosive and routine one as it turned out, was not the issue. Reading about him doing what the leader of a party really ought to do, which is to say sort it out, you’d think he was genuinely behaving like Stalin and using elongated cutting equipment nocturnally. This makes a better headline. And there’s the rub. With a predominantly rightwing media – and even my beloved Guardian came out in support of Yvette Cooper in last year’s leadership race, a Toynbeean position it appears to have retained – Corbyn can do no right. If he acts, he’s running a totalitarian dictatorship. If he doesn’t act, he’s weak. Either way, he’s « unelectable », which, if he was, is something he has in common with the previous two Labour leaders. I hesitate to say he can’t win.

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mini mansions: scaling homes for changing times

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The following is excerpted from an article written by Alexandra Posadzki for The Canadian Press via Huffington Post.

Nine years ago, Thelma Fayle swapped her 4,000 square-foot home in a rural area of Victoria for a house measuring only nine feet wide on the inside. « I decided I didn’t really want to spend the last third of my life rotely maintaining a huge house, » says Fayle. It takes Fayle a mere two hours to clean her « narrow home » from top to bottom, freeing her up for other activities.

mini mansions: scaling homes for changing times | @meccinteriors | design bites Laneway homes in Toronto from Curated Properties. Niche buildings like this are providing more affordable housing for those who don’t want to live in a condo tower.

The desire to save time is one of several factors cited by the growing number of Canadians who are turning to alternative styles of housing, ranging from narrow houses to tiny ones to those sandwiched into laneways…

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Turning the other cheek, Crimea turns on gas supply to freezing Ukrainian town

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Crimea turns on gas supply to freezing Ukrainian town

Gas has begun flowing into a southern Ukrainian town that pleaded for Russian help during a bitter cold spell. Amid regular blackouts caused by the Kiev administration, Crimean authorities have fulfilled President Vladimir Putin’s order to prevent people from freezing.

A port city along the Sea of Azov in the Kherson Oblast of southern Ukraine, Genichesk is home to more than 25,000 people who began suffering severe gas shortages when the thermometers plunged to -14 degrees Celsius over the weekend. By Monday more than 1,500 residents in the Kherson region were left without gas, as authorities struggled with the decreased pressure on the municipal pipeline.

To provide relief for those families left without an adequate heat supply, Genichesk Mayor Aleksandr Tulupov appealed to the Russian side to supply gas to the affected areas from Crimea.

“On behalf of the residents Genichesk…

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Plus beau visage (Angèle Vannier)

Oui très beau petit texte plein de profondeur.

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De ma vie je n’ai jamais vu
Plus beau visage que sa voix
Ses yeux portant l’âme des eaux
Blessés à mort depuis des siècles
Par le silence des grands bois…

(Angèle Vannier)

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Benoît Quignon devient directeur général de SNCF Immobilier

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Benoît Quignon devient directeur général de SNCF Immobilier

Benoît Quignon devient directeur général de SNCF Immobilier et membre du comité exécutif du groupe SNCF. Il succède à Sophie Boissard qui rejoindra fin janvier le groupe Korian.

Il était auparavant directeur général de la métropole de Lyon. Ce diplômé de l’Ecole des hautes études commerciales (HEC) et de l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris est resté 13 ans directeur général de la communauté urbaine du Grand Lyon – avec une interruption entre 2009 et 2011 à la direction du Groupe Logement Français.

En 1986, Benoît Quignon avait intégré la Caisse des dépôts en tant que chef de service de l’habitat et de l’économie mixte pour la Champagne-Ardenne, jusqu’en 1988, avant de devenir responsable du développement commercial, puis directeur régional pour la Basse Normandie.

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Recette n°2847: (Zanzibar) Bokoboko

Pour ceux qui veulent découvrir une nouvelle recette.

Mémoire de marmite

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-Plat complet très nourrissant-

imaddsPour 4 à 6 personnes:

1 kg de farine de blé complet

1 kg de steak haché

100 g de Ghee, de beurre ou d’huile

1 cuillère à soupe de cannelle en poudre

1 cuillère à café ( 5 graines environ) de cardamome en poudre

(facultatif: 80 g de ghee ou beurre fondu)

( accompagnement: rondelles d’oignons grillées – salade verte – sauce tomate)

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Couvrir la farine de blé d’eau froide au ras. Couvrir. Laisser tremper 30 mn.

Dans une cocotte, sur feu moyen, chauffer le ghee. Y faire revenir la viande 5 mn.

Incorporer cannelle + cardamome. Mélanger 3 mn.

Ajouter farine de blé + son eau de trempage. Bien mélanger. Couvrir. Laisser très doucement mijoter 2 à 3 heures en ajoutant un peu d’eau de temps en temps pour que la préparation n’attache pas en touillant à chaque fois: vous obtenez une bouillie…

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IRAN. Les « tours du silence » de Yazd, capitale mystique – L’Obs

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Marco Polo dans ses récits de voyage évoque la « noble Yazd », qu’il a visitée en 1292. La ville abrite la plus vieille mosquée du pays. Et les zoroastriens tentent de continuer à y vivre, tant bien que mal.

Source : IRAN. Les « tours du silence » de Yazd, capitale mystique – L’Obs

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Camping

Joli texte

Désert Occidental

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Au bonheur des dames (paroles)

Un lot étroit (en solde) de culottes pliées,
L’extrême dentelle réduite à l’élastique
Le cristal du sachet brille à l’étiquette
Les trois couleurs assorties sont complices.

Blanche, l’immaculée, l’innocente d’un regard,
Baisse le tien & décroise les cuisses.

Noir, le corbeau encadre le liseré rose.
L’épaule tatouée d’une mouche, renverse la miss.

Rouge, à l’inverse, délice, rude sous l’emprise,
À mordre ses lèvres au sang & à remettre du stick.
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Le tout cellophané d’une sueur d’industrie,
D’une exotique piqueuse à la machine
Qui glisse ses doigts fins, qui leste tisse.

À ses lèvres, l’épingle attend encore humide
De guider la piqure, d’être accrochée au pli.
Sa blouse déboutonnée, en vallée, s’ouvre et glisse.

Mirliton

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Russia has potential to be very competitive in renewable energy market

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flag_RussiaRussia can be one of the most energy-competitive areas based on renewables, EurekAlert, 30 d3ec15 LAPPEENRANTA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY A fully renewable energy system is achievable and economically viable in Russia and Central Asia in 2030. Researchers from Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) modelled a renewable energy system for Russia and Central Asia. Results show that renewable energy is the cheapest option for the continent and can make Russia a very energy competitive region in the future.

According to the research, a 100 percent renewable energy system for Russia and Central Asia would be roughly 50 percent lower in cost than a system based on latest European nuclear technology or carbon capture and storage. Renewable energy covers electricity and industrial natural gas demand, not, for example, transport or heating.

« We think that this is the first ever 100% renewable energy system modelling for Russia and Central Asia. It demonstrates that Russia…

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Vida Guerra & Sara Underwood — Hot Models Sue Over Alleged Strip Club Photo Heist

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Newsline: UN Security Council condemns attack on Saudi embassy in Iran

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The UN Security Council strongly condemned an attack on the Saudi embassy in Tehran by protesters angered by Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric. The statement by the 15-member council, which called on Iran to protect diplomatic personnel and property, made no mention of the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday after protesters ransacked and set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran and the consulate in Mashhad. « The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attacks against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Tehran, and its Consulate General in Mashhad in the Islamic Republic of Iran, which resulted in intrusions into the diplomatic and consular premises, causing serious damage, » said the council statement. Expressing « deep concern » over the attacks, the council « called on the Iranian authorities to protect diplomatic and consular property and personnel…

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures Revealed

With less than three months to go until the film’s hotly-anticipated release, Funko has revealed the first wave of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Pop! Vinyl figures, which include Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Knightmare Batman, Aquaman and a Superman Soldier.

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America must close the Icebreaker Gap

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With the Paris climate talks behind us, the world appears serious about mitigating the environmental impacts already afoot and preparing for those ahead. Yet the United States remains dangerously unprepared for the profound changes and opportunities coming to the Arctic. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pitiful state of its icebreaker fleet.

The United States has just one heavy ice breaker and no plans to build more, a short-sighted and foolhardy policy that will leave it scrambling to catch up with Arctic nations competing for shipping routes and resources as Arctic ice continues its retreat…

…Every other nation touching the Arctic Circle maintains a robust fleet. Russia, for example, is adding a dozen icebreakers to what already is the world’s biggest fleet. This sorry state of affairs led Alaska Republican Senator Dan Sullivan to say, The highways of the Arctic are paved by icebreakers. Right…

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