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Vladimir Putin defends notorious Nazi-Soviet pact


Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the infamous pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that agreed to divide up eastern Europe during a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

On August 23, 1939, Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to carve up eastern Europe between them in a secret clause of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact on non-aggression.

“When the USSR realised that it was left facing Hitler’s Germany alone, it took steps so as to not permit a direct collision and this Molotov-Ribbentrop pact was signed,” Putin said at a news conference in response to a question from a journalist.

He was asked to respond to comments by Russia’s outspoken culture minister Vladimir Medinsky praising the pact as a triumph of Joseph Stalin’s diplomacy.

Coming to the experts, so to speak: why did Labour do so badly ?

I've read the reports in the media, but I wanted to get it from all of you.

Thanks once again!


Chris Christie Makes Big Admission On Climate Change


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie admitted that he thinks climate change is real and that humans contribute to it at an event in New Hampshire last week.

But Christie, a likely 2016 Republican presidential candidate, also added that he thinks the degree to which humans contribute is questionable, according to MSNBC.

“I think global warming is real. I don’t think that’s deniable,” he said. “And I do think human activity contributes to it.”

Christie also said that the U.S. or a single group of states “can’t be acting unilaterally…when folks in China are doing things to the environment that we would never be done in our country.”

If he wasn't toast before, he's toast now. Stopped clock, good on ya Gov.

Paul McCartney jams with local band at Winter Park gig


A routine graduation gig in Winter Park turned into the jam of a lifetime for Josh Walther & The Phase5 Band on Saturday when the bandleader turned over the microphone to a very special party guest: Sir Paul McCartney.

Video footage above captures McCartney and Walther singing "I Saw Her Standing There," a hit from Sir Paul's early days with The Beatles. The concert took place May 9 at the Interlachen Country Club during a private party for the graduation of McCartney's stepson Arlen Shevell.

McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell booked the gig with Walther's Tampa-based band approximately a year in advance, but the singer knew nothing about her high-profile husband until Shevell called two weeks prior to the party.

"She was asking a lot about sound equipment - different brands and specifics," recalled Walther. "I said, 'You seem to know a lot about sound,' and she said, 'Well, yeah'. Somehow through that conversation, she casually mentioned that she was Paul's wife ... I don't think any of us thought about it too much. We just thought it was another gig, and it would be cool if we saw him or got a picture. We were excited, but we had no idea it would turn into what it did."

"You can't win a piss fight with a skunk"

My dear old dad taught me that bit of wisdom. Did your folks ever say anything like that ? I was going to fire off an angry letter to the Orlando Slantinel (now called Sentinel ) in 1973 about Watergate, and my dad taught me that. Saved me futile effort.

dissociative identity disorder


Dissociative identity disorder (DID), previously known as multiple personality disorder (MPD), is a mental disorder on the dissociative spectrum characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person's behavior, and is accompanied by memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness. These symptoms are not accounted for by substance abuse, seizures, other medical conditions, nor by imaginative play in children. Diagnosis is often difficult as there is considerable comorbidity with other mental disorders. Malingering should be considered if there is possible financial or forensic gain, as well as factitious disorder if help-seeking behavior is prominent.

DID is one of the most controversial psychiatric disorders with no clear consensus regarding its diagnosis or treatment. Research on effectiveness of treatment has been concerned primarily with clinical approaches and case studies. Dissociative symptoms range from common lapses in attention, becoming distracted by something else, and daydreaming, to pathological dissociative disorders. No systematic, empirically-supported definition of "dissociation" exists.

Although neither epidemiological surveys nor longitudinal studies have been done, it is thought DID rarely resolves spontaneously. Symptoms are said to vary over time. In general, the prognosis is poor, especially for those with co-morbid disorders. There are few systematic data on the prevalence of DID. The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation states that the prevalence is between 1 and 3% in the general population, and between 1 and 5% in inpatient groups in Europe and North America. DID is diagnosed more frequently in North America than in the rest of the world, and is diagnosed three to nine times more often in females than in males. The prevalence of DID increased greatly in the latter half of the 20th century, along with the number of identities (often referred to as "alters") claimed by patients (increasing from an average of two or three to approximately 16). DID is also controversial within the legal system where it has been used as a rarely successful form of the insanity defense. The 1990s showed a parallel increase in the number of court cases involving the diagnosis.

not to be confused with schizophrenia

how's everyone doing ?

On 0 to 10 scale, I'm probably a 7. I guess. Having a decent day, and I hope you are as well.

The Republicans are the enemy. Case in point: global climate change

When I say enemy, I mean in the political and ideological sense. I'm also referring to the LEADERS of the GOP in state capitals and in Washington. We live with the GOP (most of us) in our communities, so we have to get along with them somehow. The very best of the GOP (the non-racist minority) can be our friends, maybe.

I don't need to provide reams of links to prove the point about global climate change. It's here on DU and has been here on DU for months on end.

Let's stay focused on the fact that THE REPUBLICAN LEADERSHIP IS THE ENEMY. We have to keep them out of the positions of power if at all humanly possible. Our long-term survival on this planet depends on it.

Michelle Obama: I Faced Certain Questions Because Of 'Fears And Misperceptions' Around My Race


Michelle Obama said on Saturday that she faced a unique set of questions when she was on the brink of becoming the nation's first African-American first lady during her husband's presidential campaign.

While Obama said that she was subject to questions that could be expected of the spouses of many candidates, she added that she believed she faced certain questions because of the "fears and misperceptions" of others.

"As potentially the first African-American first lady, I was also the focus of another set of questions and speculations, conversations sometimes rooted in the fears and misperceptions of others. Was I too loud, or too angry, or too emasculating?" she said during her commencement address at the historically black Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. "Or was I too soft, too much of a mom, not enough of a career woman?"

Obama also referred to incidents in which she was accused of displaying "uppity-ism," and called one of Obama's "cronies of color" and "Obama's baby mama." She said that it "knocked me back a bit" when a cartoon of her appeared on the cover of the New Yorker with an afro and a machine gun.

@_FloridaMan Beguiles With the Hapless and Harebrained


MIAMI — Dangling into the sea like America’s last-ditch lifeline, the state of Florida beckons. Hustlers and fugitives, million-dollar hucksters and harebrained thieves, Armani-wearing drug traffickers and hapless dope dealers all congregate, scheme and revel in the Sunshine State. It’s easy to get in, get out or get lost.

For decades, this cast of characters provided a diffuse, luckless counternarrative to the salt-and-sun-kissed Florida that tourists spy from their beach towels. But recently there arrived a digital-era prototype, @_FloridaMan, a composite of Florida’s nuttiness unspooled, tweet by tweet, to the world at large. With pithy headlines and links to real news stories, @_FloridaMan offers up the “real-life stories of the world’s worst super hero,” as his Twitter bio proclaims.

His more than 1,600 tweets — equal parts ode and derision — are a favorite for weird-news aficionados. Yet, two years since his 2013 debut, the man behind the Twitter feed remains beguilingly anonymous, a Wizard of LOLZ. (The one false note is his zombielike avatar: The mug shot belongs to an Indiana Man.)


Florida Woman Covers Husband in Barbecue Sauce, Threatens to Carve Him Up Like Roast Chicken


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