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UK bank holds on to Africa future

The African continent remained part of Standard Chartered’s consumer banking plans even as the lender reviewed its global branch networks, the British bank that has operated in Africa for more than 150 years said yesterday. ||| Renee...Show More Summary

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Evening Headlin es Bloomberg: S&P Cuts Russia's Rating to Junk; Sanctions and Oil Slump Hammer Ruble. Russia’s foreign-currency credit rating was cut to junk by Standard & Poor’s, putting it below investment grade for the first time in a decade, as policy makers struggle to boost growth amid international sanctions and a drop in oil prices. Show More Summary

Sarah Palin's Bizarre Disconnected Word Salad at the Iowa Freedom Freakout, Complete

YouTube Even by Sarah Palin's already low standards, this speech is extraordinarily incoherent and scattered. I've seen a lot of her speeches (do not pity me, it is my job), and I can't remember a more garbled, deeply weird performance from Caribou Barbie.

Tom Hanks Took Up Two Subway Seats and Guess What That's Fine

In this photograph, originally published by the London Evening Standard, Tom Hanks appears to be taking up a pair of seats on the subway. You know what? That's fine. Read more...

The Future of This Company Lies With Netflix and Streaming 4K Video

Dolby Labs is looking forward to 4K video becoming the new high-def standard. You could even say that its future depends on it.

"Even by the standards of Yemen, where violence, uncertainty and a weak central government are endemic, the power vacuum has produced a serious crisis..."

"... that threatens to tear the country apart, allow a resurgent Qaeda room to expand and accelerate a sectarian conflict between the Houthis, who are a Shiite sect, and Sunni tribes and militants."It also may undermine the United States’...Show More Summary

Best Candidates to Replace Kobe Bryant, LaMarcus Aldridge in 2015 All-Star Game

Injuries have always been, and will forever be, the absolute freaking worst. But when those injuries claim NBA superstars—by reputation or current standard of craft—in conjunction with All-Star announcements, they're even worse than the freaking worst. Show More Summary

Conservative Central Office appear to be working for the SNP

Even by the standards of the Conservative and Unionist (sic) party this is an impressively stupid poster. Do they really want to encourage Scots to vote for the SNP? Evidently… Continue reading The post Conservative Central Office appear to be working for the SNP appeared first on Spectator Blogs.

The IRS Scandal, Day 624

Wall Street Journal, 7 Down, 1 to Go: An Ungracious Address Even By This President’s Standards, by James Taranto: In four of the past six midterm elections, voters have administered what is sometimes called a “shellacking” or a “thumpin’ ” to the sitting president’s party. In 1994, 2006, 2010 and...

Media Ethicists Savage Wash. Post 's "Troubling" And "Dishonest" Disclosure Standard For Writer/Lobbyist

The Washington Post claims that broadly disclosing that one of its opinion writers is a Republican lobbyist is sufficient even when he is advocating for positions that specifically benefit his firm's unmentioned clients, a standard media...Show More Summary

You Can Watch The Wire Remastered in HD on Amazon BUT SHOULD YOU

4 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Like The Wire, but wish it was NOT filmed in standard definition with a 4:3 ratio? Enjoy streaming things on Amazon? Today is your day and no one can take that away from you, not even David Simon, creator of The Wire, who is decidedly ambivalent about the remastered HD version of The Wire that is now available for your streaming pleasure on Amazon. Read more...

Want A New Idea For Bachelorette Parties? Try A Life Drawing Party

A new start-up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is offering a rather surprising service that women are really getting excited about. Graphic Stallions is an alternative to the standard bachelorette party, divorce celebration, or even birthday parties. Show More Summary

It Follows Trailer: This Movie Looks Terrifying

Sex, while being perceived on the whole as a satisfying experience, can also be terrifying. Accidental pregnancy, contracting an STD, or even just a standard walk of shame can be pretty scary stuff. After watching the It Follows trailer...Show More Summary

Kawhi Leonard's Worth Becoming Crystal Clear for San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard has spent more than three years playing in the shadow cast by the San Antonio Spurs' storied Big Three. Even by San Antonio's self-effacing standards, even after being named the NBA Finals' MVP, Leonard's importance has...Show More Summary

The Prepping Machine Rolls On, High-Stakes Style

Some people think standardized tests are the best measures of how well students actually think. These same people fail to realize that even many questions that seem to test critical-thinking skills can be learned through drills and rote memorization. Show More Summary

Could You Even Start The Most Important Car Of The Early 20th Century?

last weekVehicles / Cars : Jalopnik

Henry Ford and his Model-T changed transportation, manufacturing and... the entire world, really. His affordable car could take the whole family anywhere, and did you know it even came with cruise control as standard in 1908? Well, sort of. Read more...

Arduino Reads Punch Cards

Punch cards were a standard form of program and data storage for decades, but you’d never know it by looking around today. Card punches and even readers are becoming rare and expensive. Sometimes it takes a bit of hacking [YouTube link] to...Show More Summary

How to Create A Failing School System

A zombie idea that simply doesn’t not die is that the U.S. educational system is failing, even though students are performing far better on standardized tests than their parents (and younger grandparents) ever did. Well, one way to keep this … Continue reading ?

Power Grid Will Be More Vulnerable Due To New Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rules, Experts Claim

The power grid will become even more vulnerable if the proposed federal greenhouse gas emissions rules are enacted, some energy experts maintain. The power grid will weaken as a result of the new EPA gas emissions standards and prompt blackouts, if predictions about the electrical grid are accurate. Show More Summary

Krystian Bielik Transfer Rumours: Latest News and Comment on Arsenal Target

Arsenal are reportedly on the brink of confirming a £2.5 million deal to sign Legia Warsaw youngster Krystian Bielik, according to James Olley of the London Evening Standard. Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports reports that "Gunners representatives...Show More Summary

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