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‘I came to World Cup as private guest, didn’t breach FIFA ban’ – Sepp Blatter

21 June, 2018 - 15:51

Preview Former head of FIFA Sepp Blatter said he didn’t violate his six-year ban from football-related activities while visiting Russia during the World Cup and attending matches.
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‘Big as cats’: Huge rats flood Swedish city as authorities urge people to keep children indoors

21 June, 2018 - 15:50

Preview A Swedish city is battling a merciless enemy, rats 'the size of cats', prompting authorities to call on residents to keep doors and windows closed and pre-schoolchildren inside during breaks.
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Pope’s Ireland visit threatens to evict 700 homeless families

21 June, 2018 - 15:46

Preview More than 700 homeless families in Dublin could face eviction from temporary accommodation as the August visit of Pope Francis threatens to create a dire situation for the poor in the Irish capital.
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Russia’s new hottest football fan… and she’s not a porn star (PHOTOS)

21 June, 2018 - 15:45

Preview Russia has a contender for its hottest new football fan after it emerged previous favorite Natalya Nemchinova had a secret history as a porn star.
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XXXTentacion shooting: Police charge suspect with first-degree murder

21 June, 2018 - 15:29

Preview Police have arrested a man suspected of killing hip-hop artist ‘XXXTentacion’ during an apparent robbery in Florida on Monday night.

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Crimea's lifeline to Syria: Damascus gets grain supplies from Russia’s Black Sea peninsula

21 June, 2018 - 15:24

Preview Russia has begun deliveries of wheat from Crimea to Syria. The move solves the dual problems of grain overproduction in Crimea and Syria’s desperate need for bread.

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Nationalist opposition leader wants Russia to scrap friendship treaty with Ukraine

21 June, 2018 - 15:19

Preview The head of the populist-nationalist Russian party LDPR has asked Vladimir Putin to terminate the friendship treaty with Ukraine as a document which had lost all of its urgency and was not working in practice anyway.
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‘Residence Affair’: Israeli PM’s wife Sara Netanyahu charged with fraud over extravagant meals

21 June, 2018 - 15:15

Preview The Israeli prime minister’s wife has been charged with fraud in connection with the misuse of state funds to order gourmet meals from a restaurant to the PM’s official residence in the so-called ‘Residence Affair.’
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Sick Labour MP forced to attend Brexit vote in pyjamas as Tories tear up convention

21 June, 2018 - 15:13

Preview The Tory party has been condemned for its “lack of humanity and compassion” after it broke with convention and forced sick and heavily pregnant MPs to attend parliament to take part in a Brexit vote.

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Something to chew over? Trump ‘threw Starburst candy at Merkel’ amid G7 summit row

21 June, 2018 - 15:03

Preview Donald Trump’s frustration at the June G7 summit in Quebec reached its peak when the US president allegedly threw two Starburst candies at German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a political-risk consultancy head told CBS.
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Cocaine in British waters affecting sex lives of eels, study finds

21 June, 2018 - 14:50

Preview Large quantities of cocaine being flushed into British lakes and rivers is having grave effects on eels, including sexual impairment and hyperactivity, a new study has revealed.
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Flying suitcase v old TV set: Instagram roars with laughter over video of satellite passing ISS

21 June, 2018 - 14:48

Preview You can see many things from a window of the ISS – not just stunning sunrises and overviews of big cities by night. Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev filmed a satellite casually flying by, causing a burst of comments online.
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Charles Mackay: Hung the sword in the hall, the spear on the wall

21 June, 2018 - 14:46


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

British writers on peace and war


Charles Mackay
From Tubal Cain

Old Tubal Cain was a man of might
In the days when earth was young:
By the fierce red light of his furnace bright
The strokes of his hammer rung;
And he lifted high his brawny hand
On the iron glowing clear,
Till the sparks rush’d out in scarlet showers,
As he fashion’d the sword and spear.
And he sang – “Hurrah for my handiwork!
Hurrah for the spear and sword!
Hurrah for the hand that shall wield them well,
For he shall be king and lord!”


But a sudden change came o’er his heart
Ere the setting of the sun,
And Tubal Cain was fill’d with pain
For the evil he had done;
He saw that men, with rage and hate,
Made war upon their kind,
That the land was red with the blood they shed
In their lust for carnage, blind.
And he said – “Alas! that ever I made,
Or that skill of mine should plan,
The spear and the sword for men whose joy
Is to slay their fellow-man!”

And for many a day old Tubal Cain
Sat brooding o’er his woe;
And his hand forebore to smite the ore,
And his furnace smoulder’d low.
But he rose at last with a cheerful face,
And a bright courageous eye,
And bared his strong right arm for work,
While the quick flames mounted high.
And he sang – “Hurrah for my handiwork!”
And the red sparks lit the air;
“Not alone for the blade was the bright steel made;”
And he fashion’d the first ploughshare!

And men, taught wisdom from the past,
In friendship join’d their hands,
Hung the sword in the hall, the spear on the wall,
And plough’d the willing lands;
And sang – “Hurrah for Tubal Cain!
Our stanch good friend is he;
And for the ploughshare and the plough
To him our praise shall be…”

The Ochelli Effect – Interactions Between Organisms

21 June, 2018 - 14:39

From Ochelli.com

We speak in the first hour with long-time-listener Regular Joe. It is somewhat troublesome to attempt a conversation with a Trump supporter. Joe and family go to the dentist and find that families are strangers next to each other. It is often a good thing to unplug. Joe also gives tips on how to avoid a pointless conversation feedback loop. Social media may be video games designed for people with no skills.

Pearse Redmond, also known as Porkins, appears in the second hour. Chuck and Pearse would both like a ticket back to the real timeline they came from. Is it 1984? Why do right wing celebrities suck? President Trump is exactly the damaged idiot to lead a parade of damaged idiots. Is this why David Bowie was “Afraid of Americans”? After sorting through and separating fake news from filler, it is easy to get exhausted.

Two hours with two friends from the show. We all urge you to be fearless. Big brother is not to be embraced. War is not peace. He who controls the present does control the past. He who controls the past may indeed control the future. Chuck believes we have the option to write it all ourselves or allow others to write and edit it all for us.

Don’t get it twisted!

interactions between organisms


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Can Argentina & misfiring Messi overcome Croatia? Here’s what Jose Mourinho thinks… (VIDEO)

21 June, 2018 - 14:35

Preview Jose Mourinho has predicted a tough challenge for Argentina and Lionel Messi in the World Cup Group D showdown against a Croatia team boasting a midfield that is among “the best in the world.”
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‘Street of Lights’: Moscow's Nikolskaya becomes World Cup epicenter for jubilant fans

21 June, 2018 - 14:21

Preview Of all the streets in all the host cities at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, Nikolskaya in Moscow has captured the essence and imagination of the tournament.
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Iran staff member hospitalized after disallowed goal in Spain World Cup game

21 June, 2018 - 13:50

Preview A member of the Iranian team’s staff was hospitalized on Wednesday following the disallowed goal in the World Cup Group B game against Spain in Kazan.
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