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Donald Trump: No state dinner -- only Big Mac -- for China's president


Washington (CNN) If Donald Trump is president and the leader of the world's second-largest economy comes to Washington, he can expect little more than a Big Mac from McDonald's -- O.K., make that a double.

Trump vowed Monday not to throw Chinese President Xi Jinping a lavish state dinner as the Chinese leader will enjoy in September when he visits the U.S. for meetings with President Barack Obama, a little over a year after Jinping hosted Obama in China.

"I'd get him a McDonald's hamburger and I'd say we gotta get down to work, because you can't continue to devalue (the Chinese currency)," Trump said Monday night on Fox News. "I would give him a very, yeah, but I would give him a double, probably a double size Big Mac."

Trump sharpened his attacks against China on Monday after the U.S. stock market took a dive over concerns about China's economy, leading Trump to call for "a big uncoupling" of the U.S. and Chinese economies.

God help us if this man a) stays in the race and b) becomes President.

Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

(yes original headline)


The real Penis Island: Mavuva, off the coast of Fiji's Vanua Levu

Visitors disembarking at the ferry terminal on the Scottish Isle of Bute are sadly no longer greeted with a Gaelic sign reading: "Welcome to Rothesay – The doorway to the beauty of Penis Island", after the local council moved swiftly to correct a balls-up and add a missing accent.

According to The Scotsman, the sign had for nine years read "Fàilte gu Baile Bhòid – An doras gu bòidhchead Eilan Bhoid", until Gaelic-speaking visitor Coinneach Combe spotted a critical omitted grave accent on the final "Bhoid".

Accordingly, instead of reading "Eilan Bhòid" ("Isle of Bute"), innocent tourists were copping an eyeful of "Eilan Bhoid" ("Penis Island").

Combe recounted: “I actually live in Johnstone in Ayrshire. I just noticed it when I went across for the Highland Games. I’m a native Gaelic speaker and I’ve seen wrong spellings before, but I was gobsmacked.”

Donald Trump is winning over women in key primary states, polls show


New polls conducted in the key early-primary states New Hampshire and South Carolina show the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump not only with large leads over the rest of the GOP field, but with robust support among groups that had not previously shown strong backing for him, such as evangelical Christians and women.

The numbers arrived just as Trump let loose with fresh attacks on Republican rivals, including the former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and on media figures, including Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

In a continuation of a feud with Kelly that began at the first presidential debate, when she asked him about his past “disparaging comments about women’s looks”, Trump disparaged Kelly’s appearance on Twitter on Monday night, retweeting a post that said Kelly had returned to her show after a hiatus “looking like Nancy Grace”, the legal commentator.

He also retweeted a message referring to Kelly as a “bimbo”, as he has done before.

Jeremy Corbyn to apologise for Iraq war if elected UK Labour leader


LONDON: The Iraq war was thrust into the centre of the UK Labour party's leadership race after front runner Jeremy Corbyn said he would apologise for the conflict and had to defend his comments comparing the Islamic State to the US military.

Corbyn said if he wins the contest he will issue a formal apology on behalf of Labour which led the country into the 2003 invasion of Iraq and subsequent conflict under premier Tony Blair.

Corbyn, who fiercely opposed the war at the time, said Blair had taken Britain into the conflict "on the basis of deception" and that his decision to support then US president George W Bush in a joint invasion had cost Labour millions of voters.

In a statement to the Guardian, Corbyn said "It is past time that Labour apologised to the British people for taking them into the Iraq war on the basis of deception and to the Iraqi people for the suffering we have helped cause. Under our Labour, we will make this apology".

Asian shares resume slide on fears over Chinese economy

Source: Reuters

Asian stocks looked vulnerable to another sell-off on Tuesday, with investors gripped by fears of a hard landing for the Chinese economy, the world's most important growth engine.

Japan's Nikkei .N225 index fell 3.8 percent to six-month lows while the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS hit fresh three-year lows.

Underlining concerns about China, Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday he hoped China would take action to stabilize its economy and that Tokyo had no plan for now to unveil its own new economic stimulus package.

MSCI's all country world index .MIWD0000PUS fell 3.8 percent on Monday to a 10 1/2-month low, its biggest fall in almost four years. It has lost 9.2 percent over five days.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/25/us-markets-global-idUSKCN0QU01U20150825

Video of "rude" waitress at Chicago diner goes viral


CHICAGO -- The waitress was just doing her job.

A video of a waitress at Ed Debevic's Diner in Chicago has gone viral after an Idaho family caught her on camera giving her customers some sassy service, reports CBS Chicago.

Debevic's is known for this sort of "rude" service. And waitress Cherry -- whose real name is Kryssie Ridolfi -- has been working at the diner for 11 years. The video of her giving her customers some attitude was posted to Facebook and has now been viewed over 4 million times.

"I don't think I did anything different. I think it was just the right person happened to be filming me at the right time," she told CBS Chicago.

video at link

Live White House press briefing


Spencer Stone leaves hospital (one of train heroes)


Spencer Stone leaves hospital

U.S. serviceman Spencer Stone departs the Clinique Lille Sud, which specializes in hand injuries, in Lesquin, France Photo: Reuters

Pictures just in show Spencer Stone, one of the American heroes, leaving hospital in Lille. He looks a bit battered and bruised but otherwise in reasonable shape. Earlier, his mother said he had surgery on Saturday morning to repair some of the damage to his fingers and would need physiotherapy to get full movement back.

eta: Here's how he looked right after the attack, in the wheelchair:

Ashley Madison hackers leave footprints that may help investigators


The people who leaked more than 200,000 e-mails from the Ashley Madison dating service for cheaters left behind footprints that will almost certainly be of interest to police and company officials.

The BitTorrent file containing e-mail for Noel Biderman, the CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media, was originally uploaded by someone using a server operated by Ecatel Ltd., a web host headquartered in the Netherlands. A Web interface for administering the BitTorrent server was left exposed to the Internet without a password, making it possible for outsiders to access. A few hours after the BitTorrent went live, the server went dark after an outsider accessed the wide-open interface and began making changes to the server configuration. The above screenshot, published by a Twitter user calling himself Mr. Green, is just one example of such an outside access.

"Somehow, the person(s) setting up the original uploading (=seeding) of the file forgot to password protect the Web interface, or turn the feature off," Per Thorsheim, an independent security researcher in Bergen, Norway, told Ars. "I suspect used the Web interface to administer the various uploads of the leaks using BitTorrent."

The box seeding the torrent was located at Police and private investigators working feverishly to identify the people who hacked Ashley Madison and published user profiles, transactions, credit-card data, and a wide range of other sensitive data will almost certainly try to perform a forensic analysis of the physical server. They are also sure to check how the server was accessed. If the hackers didn't use Tor or a similar anonymity service, the investigators may be able to collect clues from the IP address used to log in to the box.

I turn 57 tomorrow, what should I do ?

If it's illegal, immoral or fattening, I'll have to take it under advisement.

All the things I really like to do are either illegal, immoral, or fattening.
"The Knock at the Stage Door" in Reader's Digest (December 1933); also in A Dictionary of Catch Phrases : British and American, from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day (1986) by Eric Partridge and Paul Beale, ISBN 041505916X, ISBN 9780415059169

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