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  1. <cite> @Alpha Blondy said:</cite> could've gone sub 50. this game is crap. hardly impresses. I think it is a great game.
  2. (AP) The Rev Al Sharpton, the radical civil rights leader who is now a close ally of President Obama, was a Federal Bureau of Investigation informer who helped to jail a number of Mafia bosses, it has been claimed. An investigation by the Smoking Gun website claims that the 69-year-old television host and White House regular was "turned" by the FBI after being implicated in a drug deal. The website said that he agreed to wear a wire tap during conversations with Mob bosses, including leading members of the Genovese crime family, the largest and most feared Mafia outfit in the United States. A Baptist minister who is said to have been targeted by the FBI because of his extensive contacts in the music and sports industry, as well as the New York underworld, Mr Sharpton has always denied being a "snitch." He has said that his only contact with the police was to gather information in order to help drive out drug dealing in the black communities he worked in. But the Smoking Gun website claimed that interviews with a number of detectives on a joint FBI and police taskforce called the Genovese squad revealed that Mr Sharpton was a valued informer who delivered at least 10 taped conversations that led to the jailing of a number of mobsters. It also produced internal documents showing that the recordings were used to help gain court approval for further secret taping at gang members' homes and other places they associated. Asked why he cooperated with the police, who in public he frequently lambasted, one unnamed former member of the squad said: "He thought he didn't have a choice," after being taped by an agent pretending to be a drug dealer apparently agreeing to buy cocaine. Starting in the mid-1980s with the codename CI-7 - for Covert Investigator number seven - he is said to have operated as a police spy for about four years. In one lengthy memo, the agents discussed how Mr Sharpton's identity could be concealed from the court in order to protect him from Mafia reprisals. The FBI are also said to have provided him with a briefcase containing a secret camera, with which to record members of four of the five New York crime families he is said to have been familiar with. Those said to have been bugged include organised crime associates Dominick "Baldy Dom" Canterino, music industry supremo Morris Levy, and Federico "Fritzy" Giovanelli. He also allegedly passed on information about Don King, the boxing promoter. A prominent supporter of and fundraiser for President Obama, Mr Sharpton was on the dias on the steps of the US Capitol building when he was sworn in last year. He also attended a private 50th birthday party at the White House for the President's wife, Michelle. In his 2013 book "The Rejected Stone," Mr Sharpton denied being an informer, saying that he was once "set up by the government," whose agents later leaked "false information" that "could have gotten me killed." Questioned about the allegations this week, he denied being "flipped" by federal agents. Asked about the secret recording he added: "I'm not saying yes, I'm not saying no." AP
  3. This incredible collection of maps really puts the African continent’s population, income, growth, and potential into context. 1. Where the world’s 7 billion live This National Geographic map illustrates where and how the world lives. Not surprisingly, the areas with the highest income levels have greater life expectancy (77 for males, 83 for females compared to 58 and 60 in low income levels), access to improved sanitation (99% compared to 35%), among other human security factors. The need for development is critical in sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly 1 billion people live, many on $995 or less a year. 2. How the world would look if it were measured by its wealth, 2015 Using data from the World Bank Development Indicators, this map from Global Finance shows us what the world will look like in 2015 if it were inflated to the size of their economic wealth. Once again, the need to spur growth in Africa is not just evident, but necessary. 3. Now, the real size of Africa We know the African continent is pretty big. But how big? The infographicabove, created by Kai Krause uses some of the largest countries in the world and all of Eastern Europe as puzzle pieces within the grand continent of Africa. 4. Where the world’s 30 million slaves live To quote Rajiv Narayan from Upworthy, “Sure 12 Years a Slave won an Oscar, but we all deserve to win Best Actor for pretending slavery doesn’t exist anymore.” The map above, issued by the Walk Free Foundation stains the world map with reds representing concentrated slavery presence and lighter yellows for lower concentrations. The index considers estimated prevalence of modern slavery by population, child marriage, and human trafficking in and out of a country. 5. Global Vegetation This view of the world’s vegetation presented by NASA clearly depicts the pastoral difference between Northern and Southern Africa. There is evidently opportunity for agriculture – in fact —it is twice as effective in reducing poverty as growth in other sectors. But there are other risks to consider in non-pastoral land. Check out the next map… 6. World Water Risk When we say we have a global water crisis, we mean it. The World Resource Institute use a mapping tool called Aqueduct to help companies, investors, governments, and the public understand the global water stress and risks. Notice the similarities with the previous map now? You should. While there is opportunity for agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa, Northern Africa and parts of Southern Africa face high risk of water scarcity. 7. Global Internet Usage On a continent where only 7% of its inhabitants are online, this map is an eye-opening illustration of the digital divide. With the internet comes improved access to information, communication and ideas – and organisations need to make sure to bridge the gap. The good news is that Africa’s telecommunications market is one of the fastest growing in the world. 8. Energy Poverty Last but not least, this snapshot of the world at night, stitched together with photos from NASA, contrasts with the little access to electricity in Africa compared to the global north. Energy poverty translates to poor health care, stifled economic growth, toxic fumes, limited or no education, and lack of safety.
  4. Isn't this like a hotel for a criminal living in Somalia? How is this a prison? The condition will be much better than that which law abiding Somalis live in.
  5. 1. Japan Spaghetti and meatballs, fries, and milk. Source. Udon, cheese-stuffed chikuwa (fish sausage), frozen Mandarin orange, and milk. Hot dog, bun, coleslaw, tomato, fries, and soup. Source. 2. Korea Most school cafeterias in Korea use sectioned metal trays and there’s a standard way of filling them up. The two biggest sections are for rice, usually served with pickled vegetable kimchi and soup. Smaller compartments there’s usually three of themhold side dishes of vegetables and fish. As for the beverage, kids are given little plastic bottles of sweet yogurt drink, hugely popular in Korea. Source. Picture via. Mixed grains and rice, stinky bean stew, mixed and fried chicken and vegetables, simmered seaweed a.k.a. steamed green beans, and cabbage kimchi. Source. Kimchi, pork, bean paste sauce (sammjang), steamed cabbage, soup. Source. 3. France: School lunches are taken just as seriously as meals for adults. In fact, kids are served pretty much the same things adults eat. Information via Source. Picturevia. 4. Sweden Potatoes, cabbage, beans, cracker, Lingon Berry juice. Source. 5. Czech Republic 6. Italy The majority of Italian schools serve lunches made from organic ingredients, mostly grown nearby. The daily meal at la mensa della scuolathe school canteenis usually centered around pasta or risotto, with salad served as a separate course. Meat shows up on the menu only a couple times a week. Source. 7. Singapore 8. Kenya Avocado. 9. Honduras Porridge. 10. Slovakia Smoked mackerel. Source. 11. UK 12. Taiwan 13. Ghana Rice . 14. Chile 15. Philippines Lechón kawali, liver sauce, rice. Source. 16. Estonia Potatoes and meat. Source. 17. Brazil Rice, Beans, Bread, Meat with vegetables, banana and alface, acelga salad. Source. 18. China A whole fish! Source. 19. Djibouti Rice and beans in sauce or curry. Source. 20. USA
  6. I was going to say thank Allah she didn't choose the word "assimilation" but I realized the two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Did anyone read Young Yun Kim's "Becoming Intercultural: An Integrative Theory of Communication and Cross-Cultural Adaptation?". It is a fascinating book.
  7. Mr. Hussein comes off as an empty blowhard, babbling incoherently. One of the callers asked him why he names his organisation "Canadian Somali Congress" if he is so against identity based on ethnicity. His answer was typical "deer in headlights" answer.
  8. I thought the area would be more green.
  9. Xishood, it is a short video with not much to see other than kids irking for a fight.
  10. It is a propaganda video with no substance. Al-shabab will be exterminated soon IA.
  11. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQVjWnq47YM
  12. MH370: Pentagon has "indications" that the missing plane may be in the Indian Ocean Astro Awani | Updated: March 14, 2014 KUALA LUMPUR: An official from the United States (US) revealed “indications” that Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH370 which went missing since March 8, may have crashed into an area where the Indian Ocean and the Andaman Sea merge and are sending the USS Kidd to the area to begin searching, reported ABC news. The official, however told ABC News that they needed 24 hours before the ship could be deployed to the area. “We have indications that the airplane has crashed into the Indian Ocean,” said the official. The individual also explained that there were also indications that the plane may have flown four to five hours after its last contact with radar. US military base Diego Garcia is located at the Indian Ocean. United States military base Diego Garcia is located at the Indian Ocean as shown on the map. The revelation made by the official was following the statement made by acting Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein during a press conference on Thursday who denied earlier reports by The Wall Street Journal which reported that the plane may have flown several hours after its last contact. Efforts of tracing the Boeing 777-200 started in the South China Sea before being expanded into the Straits of Malacca and later into the Andaman Ocean. The search was expanded after evidence emerged showing that the plane may have turned back from its original route and was last traced at the north of Peninsula Malaysia near the Straits of Malacca. “We are working closely with the FAA and NTSB in regards to the possibility of a turn back,” said Hishammuddin. During Thursday’s press conference, Hishammuddin also denied reports of images which may have connection to the missing plane caught by the Chinese satellite in the South China Sea. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) which later surveyed the area however found that the reports were untrue. The Chinese embassy later informed that the images were published without approval and did not show traces from MH370. Read more at: http://english.astroawani.com/news/show/mh370-pentagon-has-indications-that-the-missing-plane-may-be-in-the-indian-ocean-31811?cp
  13. Saffs, the Wall Street Journal took the engine story back. There is no engine data. Still no sign of the missing plane.
  14. He should be buried in Berbera just to respect the family's wish.
  15. Malistar, keep up the good work. This is great news. keep the updates coming. TY.
  16. Abu Salman, you did great for yourself. I congratulate you. I am a life long learner myself. I am currently enrolled in few different self-study subjects to feed my brain.
  17. this whole saga is baffling. The two Iranians with the fake passports.