Real News Mashup–Feb 11, 2019

Bayard & Holmes

~ Piper Bayard

Real News Mashup is a compilation of articles that I consider to be interesting, informative, or both. Please feel free to share articles of your own in the comments. Perhaps if we work together, we can remember that the world is bigger than the propaganda storm.

 

Things That Might Make You Want to Slap Someone

Apple and Google Accused of Helping “Enforce Gender Apartheid” by Hosting Saudi Government App That Tracks Women and Stops Them Leaving the Country

 

Midterm Assessment: Hezbollah

 

Hezbollah Parade in Beirut
Image by Voice of America, public domain

New Gun Bill Would Require Buyers to Reveal Social Media History

 

They Got “Everything” Inside a Demo of NSO group’s Powerful iPhone Malware

 

Text of Green New Deal

IMHO, it reads like a lovely letter to Santa Claus, or perhaps a Utopian Manifesto.

It’s worth noting that the text does not specify that taxpayers should guarantee “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work,” as many sources are quoting. Rather, it does say “providing all people of the United States” with “economic security.”

The following document, taken by NPR from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s website, does actually endorse providing “economic security for all who are unable or unwilling to work,” or, in other words, “all people of the United States.” This document was taken down and disavowed by Ocasio-Cortez after an uproar.

 

Green New Deal FAQ

 

Stepping Back from the Edge . . .

Colorado Man Kills Mountain Lion with Bare Hands in Self-Defense

And an Idaho woman say, “Hold my beer!” . . .

 

Idaho Woman Accidentally Grabs Mountain Lion in Attempt to Break Up “Dog Fight”

Bad week to be a mountain lion.

 

One Woman’s Selfless Act Spurs Group to Rent 60 Hotel Rooms to Keep Homeless People Off Chicago Streets During Historic Cold

 

Woman Becomes First Black Female Pilot in Georgia Air National Guard

 

1st Lt. Andrea Lewis
Image public domain

 

CIA Paid This Soviet Traitor Millions–But Got Billions in Return

 

And These are Just Fun . . .

This Army Wife’s Wedding Dress is Made from the Parachute That Saved Her Husband

 

Study Finds Those Who Read Books Live Longer Than Those Who Don’t

 

El Paso Zoo Will Name a Cockroach After Your Ex and Feed It to Their Meerkats

Now that’s a fundraiser!

 

What Did Ancient Babylonians Eat? A Yale-Harvard Team Tested Their Recipes

 

Rare Century-Old Images of the Inuit People

 

Incredible Photos of Freezing Penguins, Waterfalls, and Isolated Communities Reveal Earth’s Stunning Natural Beauty

 

All the best to all of you for a loving Valentine’s week.

 

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The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . $24k Guinea Pig Armor

Now, there’s a First World Problem for you. “I need armor for my guinea pig!”

Meet Lucky. Lucky passed away, and his pet human put his suit of armor up for sale on ebay on behalf of a Virginia non-profit, Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue. The bidding at the time of publication had reached $24,300, with 156 bidders throwing their names in the pot. Deepest condolences to Lucky’s pet human. This little guy seems like he was a really cool companion.

Lucky, ready for the Renaissance Fair image from ebay

Lucky, ready for the Renaissance Fair
image from ebay

BLOGS AND ARTICLES IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

Peace in Relationship and Dystopia. KM Huber discusses the nature of relationship and gives her take on my debut dystopian thriller, FIRELANDS.

Important information from KB Owen. Staying Safe This Summer: Know the REAL Signs of Drowning

The Farm Five K by Callene Rapp–what a real 5k challenge would look like.

Congratulations to Paige Kellerman, who appeared in an interview on FOX 4 in Kansas City! How To Almost Not Be On TV. Paige is the 21st Century Erma Bombeck. Check out her hysterical debut, At Least My Belly Hides My Cankles, available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

At Least My Belly Hides My Cankles

Majority of Americans Don’t Trust Newspapers and Television News. Apparently, only 23% of us still trust what the news corporations tell us. One question comes to mind . . . There are seriously still 23%?

In case you missed it, the damning evidence about how the government is using our taxes to illegally spy on us keeps rolling out. Now, The Guardian has released two documents signed by Eric Holder — the guy who says no one is spying on Americans — that say it’s okay to use PRISM to spy on Americans. Apparently, he missed the class in law school about how it’s not legal just because we say it is. Revealed: The Top Secret Rules that Allow NSA to use US Data Without a Warrant

Via Melissa Coggins Borgioli

Via Melissa Coggins Borgioli

And since it’s not bad enough that the NSA is using our own money to spy on us, they’re outright stealing from us, too! How NSA Spooks Spaffed my Dad’s Data All Over the Web. Apparently, NSA’s logo for PRISM is not original artwork.

The ever clever Julie Davidoski of Go Jules Go — one of my all time favorite bloggers — asks, Who Wants to Be a Studio Audience Member? I always wondered about that.

New York Times Best Selling Author and Heckuva Guy James Rollins releases his next Sigma Force novel, The Eye of God, this Tuesday, June 25! Pre-order at Amazon, The Eye of God.

The Eye of God James Rollins

Thoughtful observations from August McLaughlin. Lessons Learned from My Blonde Joke-Free Year

Would that we were all so blessed. Ron and Eileen Everest were born in the same maternity ward, were “married” at age four at the carnival, married for real at age 21, and have just gone platinum. Ron and Eileen Everest Married 70 Years

Married at age four still together

Just in time for summer! Some delicious smoothie recipes from Kenzie Dodd at Jillian Dodd’s site, All That Glitters. Smoothies

Packaging matters. Nigel Blackwell’s take on the new look of the iOS7. Crap Packaging and iOS7 I’m currently enjoying Nigel’s debut novel, Paris Love Match, about an unlikely couple who must survive a brush with the mob. Not at all what one would expect from an engineer.

 

Tactical Bacon thinkgeek.com

Enter Now! FIRELANDS Apocalypse Reader/Blogger Challenge!

You, too, could be the proud owner of this can of Tactical Bacon, along with the Swedish Fireknife, a hand made stuffed Grumpy Cat, an Eddie Bauer Go Bag, and other necessities for surviving the apocalypse. Enter now by signing up for the Bayard & Holmes Newsletter or go to FIRELANDS Apocalypse Reader/Blogger Challenge for more details. FIRELANDS is available for purchase at Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle and in e-book at Barnes & NobleKobo, and iTunes for iPad and mobile devices.

In honor of Lucky, who clearly tolerated a great deal from his adoring pet human, today’s video is of some amazing animal escapes. RIP Lucky.

Campaign Style Poll Daddy Question of the Week:

All the best to all of you for the right outfit when you need it.

Piper Bayard

 

The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . German Flea Circus Apocalypse

German Flea Circus Hit by Freeze

Click on title above for the full story.

image by Usrien, wikimedia commons

image by Usrien, wikimedia commons

And in case you’re wondering just what a Flea Circus might look like . . .

Germany. What an orderly country. They even discipline their fleas.

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

In Holmes’ recent blog, Iraq–Ten Years Later, he talks a bit about the new relationship between the Iraqi Kurds and Turkey. I found this related article by Julie Lenarz of The Independent. Whatever You Think of the Iraq War, for the Kurds, It Was a Liberation

Also, a congratulation to Holmes for being Freshly Pressed this past Wednesday. The North Korean Sky is Falling. Some excellent discussions in the comments, including a few remarks from a North Korean gentleman that give an excellent example for Westerners.

In case you haven’t heard, Amazon Acquires Goodreads!!! Stonehouse Ink founder and #1 Best Selling Author Aaron Patterson gives us the scoop.

Mary Astor Blogathon

The Mary Astor Blogathon is Coming In May! Dorian Tenore-Bartilucci of Tales of the Easily Distracted and R.A. Kerr of Silver Screenings are your hostesses. Come join in this fun tribute to some awesome classics.

Marcia Richards gives us some double-snap quotes from some sassy women she knows. The Redhots: Featuring Your Sassy Stories

From NYT Best Seller Bob Mayer, author of The Green Beret Survival Guide. Whidbey Island Landslide = A Warning: Are You Prepared?

The Green Beret Survival Guide by Bob Mayer

Sometimes, voicing our concerns an opinions can actually change a little corner of the world. Pickle Company to Distraught Mom: Yes, We’ll Change Our Name

An fascinating piece of histo ry from M.J. Wright, The Truth Behind the Moon Landing Conspiracy–The Real Hoax Was Soviet.

I’ve always wondered this. What is the Difference Between Organic, Heirloom, Hybrid, and GMO?  Shawna Coronado, the Queen of Green, explains.

And another great question answered by Jami Gold at Best Selling Author Kristen Lamb’s site, WordPress.COM vs. WordPress.ORG — Which is Better for Writers? 

And how incredibly cool is this? From Emmy Winning Producer Brent Roske. If you only watch one video today . . . Don’t miss his original, star-studded series only available here on the internet, Chasing the Hill.

And for our Campaign Style Poll Daddy Question of the Week:

All the best to all of you for a week of appropriate flea interactions.

Piper Bayard

The End is Near (and we deserve it) . . . Horse Paints & Sells Work In Gallery

I always joke that Kandinsky paintings look like my kids ate crayons and barfed on the canvas. I’m definitely thinking about feeding my kids some crayons after this.

Metro the Painting Horse

Come on, kids. You want to go to college, don’t you?

Blogs and Articles in No Particular Order

The Most Misunderstood Writing Rule: Write What You Know by #1 Amazon Best Seller Aaron Patterson of Stonehouse Ink.

Forensic Fridays: All About Autopsies by Garry Rodgers.

Emily Cannell takes us on at trip to see the Terracotta Warriors in China. A Forced March to the Terracotta Warriors – Xi’An China

Terracotta Warriorsimage by Emily Cannell

Terracotta Warriors
image by Emily Cannell

How James Bond Won the Second World War by Colin Falconer.

Our PBS history question for the day. Did Black People Own Slaves?

Jenny Hansen asks, What Lights Your Creative Spirit On Fire?

Horses aren’t the only animals exceeding the limitations of society’s concepts. I only wish I could skateboard like this dog does.

Campaign Poll Daddy Question of the Week:

All the best to all of you for a week of exceeding society’s limitations.

Piper Bayard