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How to get to Jihad?

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over 4 years ago

Well, if you are Ra'id al-Harbi, whose last will and testament was posted to jihadi forums over the weekend, you ride your camel nine hours across the border to Yemen. That is only one of the many interesting tidbits that I have gleaned so far from the wills of al-Harbi and former Guantanamo Bay ...

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Baghdad Explosions

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“Three bomb-rigged cars exploded in quick succession across Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 62 and wounding 105 others, a police source told Reuters. State-run Iraqiya television said the explosions occurred at a market in central Baghdad, near the Labor Ministry in northeastern Baghdad and ...

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Rotten Tomato

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“A man was arrested for allegedly throwing two tomatoes at Sarah Palin from the second floor balcony during a book signing event at the Mall of America in Minnesota, MyFoxTwinCities.com. reported. Neither tomato came close hitting the former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, but did hit a ...

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Monkey Talk

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Talking monkeys may not be a thing of fantasy after scientists analysing Campbell’s primates realised the creatures repeat the same linguistic call patterns. “‘This is the first evidence we have in animal communication that they can combine, in a semantic way, different calls to create a new message ...

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Prophet or Poet?

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“The quickest way to understand the audacity and originality of what David Rosenberg is attempting in A Literary Bible, the big book of his selected translations from the Hebrew Bible, is to read the introduction to his excerpt from the book of Jeremiah. To countless generations of Bible readers ...

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Volcanic Chill?

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Researchers believe a previously undocumented volcanic eruption 200 years ago in 1809 may explain the coldest decade on record which occurred between 1810 and 1819. “South Dakota State University researchers made the finding by analyzing chemicals in ice samples from snow-capped Antarctica and ...

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“Google Real-time”

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“Google has moved to head off some of the threat from young rivals such as Twitter and Facebook by announcing plans to prominently display results from social networking sites in its search pages. The new development, which the Californian technology giant dubs "real-time search", aims to bring ...