Monday, November 16, 2015

Paris attacks: 'France will destroy IS' - Hollande

BBC News
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From the section Europe

French President Francois Holland described Friday's attacks in Paris as "an act of war" France is committed to "destroying" the so-called Islamic State group after Friday's deadly attacks, President Francois Hollande has said.

He said he would table a bill to extend the state of emergency declared after the attacks for three months and would suggest changes to the constitution.

France's military campaign against IS in Iraq and Syria will also intensify.
IS says it carried out the attacks on bars, restaurants, a concert hall and a stadium in which 129 people died.

Speaking during a joint session of both houses of parliament, Mr Hollande said the constitution needed to be amended as "we need an appropriate tool we can use without having to resort to the state of emergency".

Mr Hollande said he would meet US President Barack Obama and Russian Vladimir Putin in the coming days to discuss action against the group.

He promised more resources for the security forces and said the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier would be sent on Thursday to bolster the military campaign against IS.

Thousand of extra police and troops have been deployed in Paris.

Earlier on Monday, a total of 23 people were arrested and dozens of weapons seized in a series of raids on suspected Islamist militants across France.

Belgian police say two people arrested on Saturday have been charged with "participating in a terrorist attack".
They were among seven people detained in Belgium at the weekend.

Five of them were later released, including Mohammed Abdeslam, the brother of two suspects - Brahim Abdeslam, killed during the attacks, and Salah Abdeslam, who is on the run.

France held a nationwide minute of silence at midday local time (11:00 GMT) for the victims.

President Francois Hollande led the minute's silence from the Sorbonne University - an acknowledgement of the young age of so many of the 129 who died, the BBC's Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.

The country has been slowly, awkwardly getting itself back into some form of routine, but because of the feelings triggered by Friday's horror, life still does not feel normal, our correspondent adds.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Paris attacks: Islamic State claims responsibility; French president decries 'act of war'

Henry Chu Contact Reporter

November 14, 2015 6:19am

The extremist group Islamic State claimed responsibility Saturday for Friday night’s bombings and mass shootings in this shell-shocked city, an extraordinary string of assaults that killed more than 120 people and that French President Francois Hollande called “an act of war.”

As residents tried to absorb the enormity of the deadliest terrorist attack to hit France, authorities scrambled to determine who the assailants and their associates were, and braced for questions as to whether an intelligence failure contributed to the catastrophe.

The apparently coordinated attacks targeted people enjoying a Friday night out at restaurants and entertainment venues around Paris, including a concert hall and a sports arena. Islamic State said it struck “carefully chosen locations in the heart of the capital of France” in retaliation for French airstrikes on territory it controls in the Middle East.

Hollande said the death toll was at least 127. But with scores of people injured, many of them critically, the count seemed certain to rise. It is Europe’s worst terrorist attack since bombs on Madrid’s transport system killed nearly 200 people in March 2004.

“This is an act of barbarity,” Hollande said, pledging to use “all means anywhere, inside or outside the country” to defeat Islamic State, which he labeled a “terrorist army.”

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He called for a three-day national mourning period. Earlier, he declared a state of emergency in France and ordered the country’s borders tightened.

Defying both the attackers’ attempt to sow fear and officials’ appeal to stay home, some Parisians were out on the streets Saturday, trying to recapture a bit of the rhythm of ordinary life, though in subdued and somber fashion. Others lined up to donate blood at hospitals, which were overwhelmed by the number of injured who streamed through their doors late Friday night.

Many shops and other businesses -- including Disneyland Paris, one of the city’s top attractions -- remained closed Saturday.

Residents who ventured outside Saturday were joined by 1,500 French troops deployed to reinforce soldiers already stationed in Paris following its last terrorist attack, the slaying of 17 people in January at the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and at a kosher supermarket.

Several of Friday’s attacks occurred in the same general area as the Charlie Hebdo offices.

The identities of the alleged attackers were either not known or were not being released. Police said all eight assailants were dead. Seven had blown themselves up, and one was shot by officers before he could detonate his explosive vest, officials said. They were France’s first recorded suicide bombings.

If the attackers turn out to be French-born, fears of more “homegrown” terrorism -- already fanned by the Charlie Hebdo massacre, whose plotters were French -- will likely increase.

French media reported Saturday that a Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the three bombers who struck the Stade de France sports arena, where a soccer match between France and Germany was held Friday night.

France’s Muslim community braced for a potential backlash. After the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the country saw a spike in acts of anti-Muslim aggression, such as vandalism of mosques. France is home to the highest proportion of Muslims -- 7.5% -- of any country in Western Europe.

Details of how Friday’s assaults were carried out remained hazy. It was still unclear, for example, whether the restaurants and concert theater were attacked by two separate teams of militants or one group that went from one place to another.

The site of greatest slaughter was the Bataclan theater, a popular venue where the Southern California-based band Eagles of Death Metal was performing Friday night when the audience came under siege.

Attackers opened fire on the crowd with automatic weapons, shouting “God is great!” or blaming France for airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria, according to some reports. Dozens of concert-goers were killed before French forces stormed the theater.

Many Parisians posted appeals and photos on social media asking for news of friends or loved ones whom they had not heard from since the attacks. One man said on Twitter that a government hotline set up to inquire about missing persons was so overloaded that calls could not get through.

Well-wishers left flowers at the various attack sites, several of which were blocked off by police.

In its statement claiming responsibility, Islamic State warned that France would remain at the “top of the list” of targets for attacks.

In Vienna, where he was meeting his Russian counterpart, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry joined the growing chorus of leaders around the world who condemned the assaults in strong terms.

“These kinds of attacks are the most vile, horrendous, outrageous, unacceptable acts on the planet,” Kerry said. “We are witnessing a kind of medieval and modern fascism at the same time, which has no regard for life, which seeks to destroy and create chaos and disorder and fear.”

Friday, November 6, 2015

36 Illustrated Truths about Cats!!!

1. They like being close to you.

2. REALLY close.

3. They can do anything they set their minds to.

4. They are moody.

5. They are slightly obsessive.

6. Unusual places are the best places to sleep.

7. And your ideas about where they should sleep are HILARIOUS.

9. They strike a fine balance.

10. They make the best internet.

11. They hate water, and water hates them back.

12. This is all you need to know about history.

13. Summertime is hard.

14. They really enjoy tunnels.

15. They are so cute you'll forgive them for anything.

16. They're so warm, you'll procrastinate to hang out with them.

17. They only like hugs on their own terms.

18. They do what they want.

19. They care, even if it doesn't always seem like it.

20. They are completely confusing.

21. But did I mention cute?!!

23. They are not that different from us.

24. They are not always hard to please.

26. But sometimes they do things you just won't understand, ever.

27. They make us dumb.

28. Really dumb.

29. Really, really dumb.

30. But sometimes we're unfair to them.

31. After all, they're heroes in their own way.

32. And their weirdness just makes them more charming.

33. Mostly.

34. They're never sure if they love or hate you.

35. And you're also never sure.

36. Scratch that, you are: Cats are the best.

10 Secret Twitter Tips, Tricks and Hacks (That You Probably Don't Know)

By Shea Bennett on Oct. 13, 2014 - 6:00 PM

So you think you know everything about Twitter?

I thought I did, too. Then I discovered this amazing, secret Twitter hack. Then another one! It was like being part of a club for years and then finding out that there’s a hidden, inner part of the club that’s only for very special members.

I wanted more. I was hooked. I had to find out more secret Twitter tips. More hidden tricks. More crafty hacks.

And so I did. Check the list below for 10 secret Twitter tips, tricks and hacks that you probably don’t know.

1. You Can Schedule Tweets On Twitter
Scheduling tweets is a huge Twitter timesaver, as it allows you to plan out your day – or even your week or month – well in advance and not have to worry about always being on Twitter to take care of business. You might already be using apps such as Hootsuite, Buffer or TweetDeck to schedule your tweets, which are all great tools.

But did you know you can also schedule tweets on Yep: simply head on over to, login (or signup if you haven’t already done so), click on the ‘compose tweet’ button and then the ‘scheduling’ tab. Et voila!

10 Secret Twitter Tips, Tricks and Hacks (That You Probably Don't Know)

To view your scheduled tweets, click on ‘Creatives’ and then ‘Tweets’ and then the ‘Scheduled’ button. You can schedule both organic and promoted tweets up to one year in advance.

2. Twitter Has Keyboard Shortcuts
Some people are die-hard keyboard users and occasionally you get the feeling that they would rather touch a real mouse than the computerised one on their desk. Twitter feels their pain and has a ton of keyboard shortcuts that can have you whizzing around your tweets in no time.

For example, if you hit the ‘N’ on your keyboard whilst on, you’ll be able to immediately start writing a new tweet. Hit F to mark a tweet as a favourite, R to reply and T to retweet.

Check the visual below for all the details, which comes courtesy of James Traf.

10 Secret Twitter Tips, Tricks and Hacks (That You Probably Don't Know)

3. You Can Embed Tweets Into Any Website
10 Secret Twitter Tips, Tricks and Hacks (That You Probably Don't Know)Embedding tweets into your website or blog is brilliant way to drive engagement back to your Twitter profile. Why? Because an embedded tweet is interactive, and anyone logged into Twitter can do all sorts of cool things (like reply, retweet, favourite etc) to your tweet when it’s embedded on your site (or any site). It’s also a far more elegant solution than doing a screen grab of a tweet and pasting that on your site, and even if somebody deletes the original tweet the embedded tweet will still be visible.

To embed a tweet, find the tweet you want to embed, click on the more button (…) below the tweet (which is the ellipses symbol – the three dots in a row) and select ‘Embed Tweet’. Now just copy and paste the supplied HTML into the desired location on your website.

10 Secret Twitter Tips, Tricks and Hacks (That You Probably Don't Know)

4. Twitter Supports Advanced Search Operators
Twitter Search is a super powerful but criminally underused part of the Twitter core. You’ve probably searched for one or two things in the past using the search box at the top of the screen on, but did you know that this also supports really advanced search operators?

For example, if you want to search for just tweets with links, you can use the filter:links operator.

Example: amazing filter:links

Click on the link above and see what happens (it opens in another tab). This is a search for any tweets published on Twitter that contain the word amazing and also contain a link. This is good stuff!

I wrote a whole article about Twitter search hacks – check here for all the details!

5. You Can Setup Multiple Twitter Accounts Using The Same Email Address
This one’s a real time saver. When you setup a new account on Twitter it wants you to use an original email address – that is, an email that isn’t in use anywhere on the system. If you work in a business or agency that manages lots of Twitter profiles this can be a real pain. Thankfully, there’s a fairly elegant way around it.

This tip requires you to have a Gmail account as your main email (or, at least access to a Gmail account). Most people don’t know that Gmail supports the use of the ‘+’ character to let you filter your main email. You don’t have to do anything on your Gmail account. All you do is add the ‘+’ and another word after the first part of your email address – the part before the – and you can use this as a “new”, standalone email address around the web. Here’s the sweet part: all emails sent to this “new” email will still go to your main Gmail inbox.

For example, if your email address was, if you use on any website, any email sent to the latter would go to your inbox ( Gmail knows that the part before the plus symbol is your username, but Gmail understands the part after the plus symbol, too.

If you use Gmail you can try this yourself now – fsimply send an email to, where yourusername = your Gmail username.

(You could even use the word whatever if you wanted!)

Now you can go ahead and use for a new Twitter profile, even if is already in use on Twitter. You could also set up Twitter profiles using,,, and so on.

Even better, you can configure Gmail as usual so that it filters and labels these “new” email addresses however you want.

Cool, eh?

6. You Can Turn Off All Twitter Emails With A Single Click
When you join Twitter all the emails you receive can be a real PITA, and it seems like a month doesn’t go by without Twitter adding yet another email notification to its roster. Thankfully, you can turn all of them off with a single click: simply log on to, visit your profile settings and click on the ‘Email notifications’ tab. From here click on the ‘Turn off’ button to disable all email. Nice!

10 Secret Twitter Tips, Tricks and Hacks (That You Probably Don't Know)

7. If You Start A Tweet With @Username, It’s A Reply
This is a mistake I see people who have been using Twitter for years and years make every single day. If you start a tweet with @username it’s a reply, and will ONLY be seen by the person you’re sending the tweet to and anyone else on Twitter who is following BOTH of you. Nobody else will see that tweet in their timeline as Twitter assumes it’s a reply and won’t deliver it (although it will be visible on your profile and in Twitter search results to everybody).

If you put someone’s @username ANYWHERE ELSE in the tweet but right at the very beginning, it’s a mention and will be seen by everyone who follows you. You’re welcome!

8. You Can Send a Promoted Tweet That’s Invisible To Your Followers
Twitter’s Promoted Tweet advertising tool is a powerful way to reach a targeted audience and drive engagement, awareness and clicks. But did you know that you can select to show a Promoted Tweet only to your target audience, and not your existing followers?

To do this, simply select the ‘Promoted-only’ option when you’re constructing your Promoted Tweet.

10 Secret Twitter Tips, Tricks and Hacks (That You Probably Don't Know)

Why would you want to do this? Showing very specific content to a select group of people is a very effective way to drive new business, especially if it’s a promotion that may not be as valuable to your existing fans, or might be something they’ve already seen. Or, it might be something you only want to give to new customers – for example, 25 percent off of their first order. With a promoted-only Promoted Tweet, you can do that!

(Note: while promoted-only tweets won’t be visible on your timeline or be delivered to your followers, they will show up in Twitter search.)

9. Twitter Gives You Free Advanced Analytics For The Last Month Of Your Tweets
Did you know that Twitter gives free analytics tools to everybody? Yessir, they do, and you can get all the goodness by simply visiting and logging in with your account.

From here you want to choose the ‘Tweets’ option which lets you look at detailed analytics for the last 28 days of your tweets, including overall impressions, engagement rate, link clicks, retweets, favorites and replies.

But here’s the best stuff – click on any tweet to load a pop-up of all the key metrics for that tweet, including impressions, clicks, favorites, follows, retweets and more.

10 Secret Twitter Tips, Tricks and Hacks (That You Probably Don't Know)


10. You Can Pin A Tweet To The Top Of Your Profile… Permanently

Twitter came relatively late to this party – Facebook has supported pinned messages on its Pages for quite some time now – but anyone can pin any tweet to the top of their profile, where it will sit permanently until it’s unpinned or replaced by another pinned tweet.

To do this, find the tweet you can to pin, click on the more button below the tweet (which is the ellipses symbol – the three dots in a row) and select ‘Pin to your profile page’. Click the ‘Pin’ button on the pop-up and that tweet is now permanently fixed to the top of your profile.

To unpin a tweet, click on the more button again and choose ‘Unpin from profile page’.


I hope you’ve enjoyed these 10 secret Twitter tips, tricks and hacks – I’ll bet there was at least one that you didn’t know! Do you have any Twitter secret hacks of your own? Hit the comments to let us know

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Kitty Cat in Heaven!!!

This little guy just found cat heaven… -

Thursday, September 17, 2015

‘It was painful': Bernie Sanders tells CNN that GOP debate was so bad he had to turn it off DAVID EDWARDS 17 SEP 2015 AT 09:58 ET

Bernie Sanders speaks to CNN (screen grab)

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders explained to CNN on Thursday that Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate had been so “painful” that he could not finish watching it.

Although Sanders live-tweeted much of the CNN’s debate, he said that he finally gave up fact checking after two and a half hours.
“What was really remarkable is the degree to which they avoided the major issues facing the American people and believe every single problem facing humanity is all attributed to Barack Obama,” the candidate noted. “We seem to have forgotten that when Bush left office, 800,000 people were losing their jobs every single month, the world’s financial system was on the verge of collapse and our deficit was a record-breaking $1.4 trillion.”
Sanders expressed disappointment that the candidates failed to discuss solutions for income inequality, childhood poverty and climate change.

“I did not hear anybody say, ‘Oh, this is a planetary crisis, we have got to do something.’ Really? The federal government should not do something?” the Vermont senator asserted. “No scientist that I know believes that.”

“I didn’t hear a word about the need to address the fact that 40 percent of African-American kids in this country are living in poverty,” he continued. “Nor did I hear a word, by the way, about racial justice.”

As for GOP hopefuls who attacked him for being a socialist, Sanders said that he was confident the American people could recognize the benefit of learning lessons from the successes of countries like Denmark and Sweden “where health care is a right of all people, where public colleges and universities are tuition-free, where their rate of childhood poverty is much, much lower than it is in the United States of America, where you have much more income and wealth equality.”
“Why are we the only major country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid family and medical leave so that when a working class woman has a baby, she’s not forced to be separated from her baby and go back to work?” he asked.