Australian Teen Was Paid To Model Clothes On Own Instagram Site, Decides To Give It Up

According to the British Newspaper The Guardian, an Australian teenager with over half a million followers on Instagram has quit the platform, describing it as “contrived perfection made to get attention”, and called for others to quit social media – perhaps with help from her new website.

Essena O’Neill, 18, said she was able to make an income from marketing products to her 612,000 followers on Instagram. She claims she received “$2000AUD a post EASY”. Her rejection of social media celebrity has won her praise, writes The Guardian.

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Graph Comparing Number Of Congressional Investigations

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The publication ThinkProgress did a graph comparing the number of Benghazi investigations to the number of investigations on other high-profile acts of terror.

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/10/22/3715046/trey-gowdy-benghazi-slams-gop/

House Select Committee On Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy On Face The Nation


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ThinkProgress reports:

“Of the seven previous investigations, two were bipartisan investigations conducted by the U.S. Senate. But the majority were GOP-led investigations by Gowdy’s fellow Congressional Republicans.

“They included the House Committee on Armed Services, chaired by then-Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA); the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, lead by then-Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); the House Committee on the Judiciary, chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

“When he announced that he was appointed Gowdy’s Benghazi committee, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) praised the five other investigations for their ‘extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews.'”

Above is an interview on the show Face The Nation with the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Trey Gowdy.

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http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/10/22/3715046/trey-gowdy-benghazi-slams-gop/

Biden To Join Presidential Race: Yahoo News

Joe Biden to Enter Presidential RaceVice President Joe Biden will enter the presidential race, according to media reports filed on Monday.

“Three sources close to @VP telling me he’s expected to announce he is running but the sources are all urging caution on 48-hr timeline,” chief White House correspondent Ed Henry tweeted.

Henry added that observers should look to Saturday’s Jefferson Jackson dinner in Iowa as a potential announcement event, according to Yahoo News.

Many pundits thought Hillary Clinton’s strong performance in the first Democratic debate on October 13th would convince Biden not to enter the race, but the vice president reportedly can see a path to succeeding the President.

CNN reporter Dana Bash reportedly stated that “A source familiar with the process tells me Biden associates are setting up interviews for potential campaign staff positions,” writes The Daily Beast.

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https://www.yahoo.com/tv/s/joe-biden-enter-presidential-race-fox-news-reports-185031529.html

Boy Drowns While Mom Does Facebook

In 2014, a British woman named Claire Barnett was using her cell phone while hanging out by a pond on her property. She wasn’t aware that her 2-year-old son, Joshua, was drowning in the water.  Her attention was on Facebook and the photos she was uploading and she didn’t notice her son’s distress.

According to the BBC, by the time the British mother pulled him out, Joshua was already unconscious and later died at the hospital. But Barnett’s lawyer argued that his client isn’t to blame – she was distracted by someone commenting on her Facebook page, not actively doing anything on Facebook herself.

“Any mother going about the house can be distracted by a telephone or a washing machine,” defense barrister Timothy Roberts said.

According to the website “Popsugar,” Barnett plead guilty to four counts of child cruelty and has been sentenced to five years in jail.

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http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Mom-Sentenced-Jail-Being-Facebook-While-Son-Drowns-38755002?utm_source=com_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=com_newsletter_v0_10182015&em_recid=24298846&utm_content=placement_1_title

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/11923930/Mother-chatted-on-Facebook-while-toddler-son-drowned-in-the-garden.html

http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/a47575/claire-barnett-on-facebook-while-child-drowned/

Leak Shows Former British Prime Minister Blair Knew About Iraq Invasion A Year In Advance

All sewn up: President George Bush and UK prime minister Tony Blair at the infamous 2002 summit at Bush's ranch house in Crawford, Texas, where the two men spoke about invading IraqA White House leak shows that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair had given George W. Bush an unqualified pledge to join the Iraq War a year before the invasion started.

The document – a memo – was written by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell to then-President George W. Bush.

The memo goes against Blair’s public claims that he was seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis at that time.

Blair said to Parliament: “We’re not proposing military action” – in contrast to what the secret email now reveals.

The classified document also discloses that Blair agreed to act as a type of spin doctor for the President by presenting “public affairs lines” to convince a skeptical public that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction when none existed.

However, Bush would flatter Blair’s ego and give the impression that Britain was not America’s dog but an equal partner in a special relationship.

The memo was written on March 28, 2002, a week before Bush’s famous summit with Blair at his Crawford ranch in Texas.

In it, Powell tells Bush that Blair “will be with us” on military action. Powell assures the President that “The UK will follow our lead.”

The disclosure is certain to lead for calls for the Brits to reopen his inquiry into the Iraq War.

A second explosive memo from the same cache also reveals how Bush used “spies” in the British Labour Party to help him to manipulate British public opinion in favor of the war.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3277402/Smoking-gun-emails-reveal-Blair-s-deal-blood-George-Bush-Iraq-war-forged-YEAR-invasion-started.html

http://qz.com/527088/this-is-the-memo-that-suggests-blair-backed-the-iraq-war-a-year-before-invading/

Iranian Ground Troops Are In Syria Fighting Rebels And ISIS

According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Syrian troops backed by Hezbollah and Iranian fighters launched an offensive south of Aleppo province in Syria on Friday.  The groups expanded a counter-attack against rebels across western Syria with support from Russian air strikes.

This assault means the army is now pressing insurgents on several fronts near Syria’s main cities in the west, control of which would secure President Bashar Assad’s hold on power even if the east of the country is still held by Islamic State.

The city of Aleppo is only 30 miles from the Turkish border. Aleppo, a commercial and industrial hub near the border with Turkey, was Syria’s largest city before its four-year civil war, which grew out of protests against Assad’s rule.

Control of the city, still home to some two million people, is divided between the government and rebels.

“This is the promised battle,” a senior military source in Syria said of the offensive. The group is backed by “hundreds of Hezbollah and Iranian forces which he said had made some gains on the ground,” according to Haaretz.

Other sources such as Al-Arabia News state that “thousands” of Iranian troops are in the area.

This was the first time Iranian fighters had taken part on such a scale in the Syrian conflict, said the military source, according to Haaretz.

Hezbollah has supported Assad in several battles during the civil war, and said the army was carrying out a “broad military operation”, with support from Russian and Syrian jets, across a front at least 10 miles (15 km) wide from the southwest to southeast of Aleppo. It made no mention of Hezbollah fighters in its statement.

Hezbollah is a Shia Islamist militant group and political party based in Lebanon, writes Wikipedia.

Two senior regional sources said this week that Iran sent thousands of troops to Syria to bolster an offensive already underway in Hama province and ahead of the Aleppo attack, according to Haaretz.

Iran says it has sent weapons and military advisers to support its ally Assad, but has denied providing troops.

In the last week Iranian media have reported the deaths in Syria of three senior officers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps. Hossein Hamedani, a corps deputy commander, was killed near Aleppo and two other officers have also died fighting Islamic State forces in Syria, Iran’s Tasnim news agency said.

Two senior Hezbollah officers have also been killed in Syria in the last week, a Lebanese security source said.

Rami Abdulrahman, director of UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said there were heavy clashes near the Jebel Azzan region, about 12 km (8 miles) south of Aleppo city.

The area that the army and Russian jets were targeting was close to a main road heading south towards the capital Damascus, Abdulrahman said.

The army had recaptured the village of Abtin from rebel fighters, he said, as well as a tank battalion base close to Sabiqiya village. Both villages lie close to Jebel Azzan. Rebels had hit one army tank with a U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missile.

The U.S. is attempting to support “moderate” rebels.  Unfortunately, sources claim that many “moderate” rebels collaborate with ISIS and al Nusra and have exchanged weapons.

The military source said the rebel fighters were mainly from the Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham and al Qaeda’s Syrian wing, the Nusra Front, as well as the Suqour al-Sham and Failaq al-Sham insurgent groups.

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http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.680814

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2015/10/15/The-Iranians-are-on-Turkey-s-border.html