Al-Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden was ‘within grasp’ of US

November 30, 2009 at 7:58 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Osama Bin Laden (centre) with Ayman al Zawahiri (left) in an image broadcast by al-Jazeera in October 2001

Osama Bin Laden is believed to be hiding in Pakistan‘s tribal areas

US forces had Osama Bin Laden “within their grasp” in Afghanistan in late 2001, a US Senate report says.

It says calls for US reinforcements were rejected, allowing the al-Qaeda leader to “walk unmolested” into Pakistan’s unregulated tribal areas.

The report was prepared by the Foreign Relations Committee Democratic staff.

It says the failure to kill or capture Bin Laden had far-reaching consequences and laid the foundation for the protracted Afghan insurgency.

The report comes as President Barack Obama prepares to announce a long-awaited decision on sending troop reinforcements to Afghanistan.

 

 

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Phone box has new life as library

November 30, 2009 at 7:48 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Phonebox library in Westbury-sub-Mendip

The traditional phone box was bought from BT for £1

A traditional red phone box has been recycled into one of the country‘s smallest lending libraries – stocking 100 books.

Villagers from Westbury-sub-Mendip in Somerset can use the library around the clock, selecting books, DVDs and CDs.

Users simply stock it with a book they have read, swapping it for one they have not.

“It’s really taken off. The books are constantly changing,” said parish councillor Bob Dolby.

He added: “It is completely full at the moment with books. Anyone is free to come and take a book and leave one that you have already read.

 

 

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Interesting faces

November 30, 2009 at 7:38 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Picture of the day

November 30, 2009 at 7:36 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Winter Bird Feeding

November 30, 2009 at 7:34 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
Provide cover. Birds need shelter from harsh conditions, and vegetation in your yard will help to furnish it. Don’t prune back dead vegetation like vines and stalks – these provide both valuable winter cover and nesting material for birds in the spring. Balconies have a special opportunity to attract nesting birds as they provide great shelter.

Add habitat in your backyard in the form of a brush pile, which may attract foraging birds and mammals, and even over-wintering reptiles, amphibians and insects.

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Preparing Backyards and Balconies for Birds This Winter

Cardinal in Winter

Think Food. Feeders in the winter provide an extra energy source for birds that stay in the area during winter. Provide a number of feeder styles and types of feed (sunflower, thistle, unsalted peanuts, sliced fruit, seed scattered on stamped down snow) to attract many different birds to your yard. Feeders can also be easily attached to windows using suction cups. Place feeders where they are sheltered from predators and weather, and clean feeders regularly.

Small space? No problem! Some
feeders are available with a suction cup
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Don’t remove dead flower heads in the autumn. Don’t cut back old annual or perennial plants. The seed heads that are left in place on plants such as coneflowers, sunflowers and thistle will provide a lasting source of seed for finches and sparrows.

Being Someone Else

November 30, 2009 at 7:32 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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In totalitarian regimes, some people take huge risks for the freedom to be themselves; in this democracy, some people take huge risks for the freedom to be someone else — a celebrity.

The Salahis are now famous, or at least infamous
They apparently donned black tie and red and gold sari to raise Mrs. Salahi’s chances of making the final cut for the reality show “The Real Housewives of D.C.”
The Washington social climbers had a plan, even if it was lunatic and dangerous. So did the father who pretended that his son was trapped in a runaway balloon, and in much the same reality-show fevered way, so did Jon and Kate Gosselin when they ripped their marriage apart on camera.
One of the letdowns of fame nowadays is that precisely because it is so easily and widely bestowed, it grows ever more fleeting and faint.
Reality television didn’t create a new psychiatric illness, but it did give a platform to the nutty and marginally disturbed

Cute animal adoptions video

November 30, 2009 at 7:28 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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Mini Pigs

The Impatient Passenger

Baby Otter Sidney Playing

A Dog Walking His Dog

Skateboarding dog plays video game

Turkey Strikes Back

Tough Talkin’ Turkey

Corny Cat
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