Pro-Russian Militants in Ukraine Sing a Song


I am posting this because I’ve just never seen anything quite like this.

According to an article in Voices From Russia, pro-Russian militants sing a song after Russian Special Forces arrive with “reinforcements.”

According to the article:

“On Tuesday, the media service of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) reported that the Donbass People’s Opolchenie (DNO) received reinforcements from a ‘friendly state’ yesterday, saying, ‘Today, spetsnaz (Special Forces) volunteers arrived here from a friendly state! There are a lot of them. Moreover, a third county sent the DNR portable SAM missiles capable of destroying combat aircraft and helicopters. Now, heat traps won’t help the bandits!’ The DNO also received up-to-date ATGMs.”


If the pings are not from Flight 370… where did they come from?

This is a re-blog. The electronic pings were not from MH370.

Anderson Cooper 360

It was the most promising lead in the search for Flight 370, but now investigators say those underwater pings did not come from the missing plane’s black boxes. Those pings helped shape the search zone and set the path for the underwater sub. So where does the search go now? Anderson got the latest from Rene Marsh, aviation correspondent Richard Quest and analyst David Gallo, who co-led the search for Air France Flight 447.

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Arson At South Korea Nursing Home


21 people died in the blaze and 8 were injured.  An 81-year old patient suffering from dementia is suspected of setting the fire at a South Korean nursing home.

The blaze happened at night, and most of the victims were elderly patients unable to walk or move freely.

Landmines Moved In Bosnian And Serbian Floods

Bosnia and Serbia are part of the former Yugoslavia, near the Adriatic Sea in Southeastern Europe.  They are mountainous, with a moderate climate and great cultural history.

The area maintains high literacy, life expectancy, and education levels, and includes major cities like Belgrade and Sarajevo.   The region has also had a huge rise in tourism – projected to have the third highest tourism growth rate in the world between 1995 and 2020.

Earlier this month, over the course of three days, three months’ worth of rain fell on Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia, which produced the worst floods since rainfall measurements began 120 years ago.

Almost 1 million Bosnians have either been evacuated or have left their homes because of flooding or landslides.

An estimated 50 people have died, with more casualties expected.


The flooded area covers a territory larger than the U.S. state of Massachusetts.

There is a problem:  Nearly 120,000 unexploded landmines from Bosnia’s 1992 – 1995 war remain in more than 9,400 carefully marked minefields.

One more problem:  The rains have unearthed and moved many of these land mines, and it is no longer clear where all of them are.   Flood waters triggered more than 3,000 landslides across the Balkans on Sunday – an estimated 2,100 in Bosnia and another 1,000 in Serbia.  

The mudslides moved into towns and villages, and they moved the mines and the warning signs that marked them.  Some of the mines are made of plastic and could be moved quite a distance in the water.

Obama Flies To Afghanistan And…Talks To Karzai On The Phone


You're Doing It Wrong BruuhObama, you’re doin’ it wrong.

While in Afghanistan, the appropriate, respectful thing to do might have been to meet the Afghan president Hamid Karzai in person.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, the president flew to Afghanistan and visited the troops at Bagram Air Base.

Afghan President Karzai had offered to meet Obama at the palace in central Kabul.

U.S. officials said Obama offered to see the Afghan leader at the U.S. air base but decided not to go to his palace.

Karzai interpreted the situation as a snub.  “The government of Afghanistan is prepared to warmly welcome the U.S. president in the presidential palace, but it does not intend to go to Bagram to meet Obama,” read an Afghan statement.

So the two had a conversation on the phone.

Obama was, of course, in Karzai’s country and not the other way around.

Relations between President Obama and Hamid Karzai have been strained, as Karzai has refused to sign a bilateral security agreement (BSA) that would offer legal protections to a residual force of US troops.

The issue was reminiscent of 2006, when the Bush administration asked for permission to make a refueling stop in Moscow on the way to an Asia-Pacific summit meeting.   The U.S. made it clear that Bush was not looking to meet with Putin.

After Russian diplomats complained, Bush agreed to meet Putin at the Moscow airport.  Putin decided to greet Bush at the airport as a “courtesy.”  The two presidents met and agreed to begin work on a nonproliferation package in the future.

Thomas E. Graham, who served as Bush’s senior director for Russia on the National Security Council, said “When the Russian team came to Washington (later) in December 2006, in a fairly high-level … group, we didn’t have anything to offer,” Graham said. “We hadn’t had any time to think about it. We were still focused on Iraq.”

This did not help relations with Putin, and it shows that in diplomatic relations, perceived snubs matter.


Arkansas Voter ID Chaos



An Arkansas voter ID law was approved last year by the Arkansas GOP-controlled legislature.

A judge struck down the law last April, 2014, and the law is now in some kind of legal “limbo.”  It is supposedly still in effect, and the state went ahead and enforced the voter ID laws during the Arkansas primaries on Tuesday.

After checking ID, election workers quizzed voters on their personal information, and they used electronic card strip-readers to verify ID.

However, these things apparently go beyond what the law allows.

Also, some voters without proper ID are said to have been wrongly denied provisional ballots.  If they don’t have ID, they are supposed to get a provisional ballot and return with ID later.

In addition, large numbers of absentee ballots also are in danger of not being counted.

Apparently, voters are supposed to send ID with absentee ballots, but often that didn’t happen.

The director of the state Board of Election Commissioners Justin Clay said the state’s training program for poll workers had made clear that the law allows them only to verify the name and picture on voters’ ID.

However, the official response in Arkansas has been lackadaisical.

Clay said he had spoken to one county involved, which assured him that it had trained its poll workers correctly. He was asked if there was a plant to investigate further.

“No plan at the moment,” said Clay, adding that unless the board received complaints from voters or from county clerks on voters’ behalf, there wasn’t much it could do.