Thai king endorses army chief as new leader

Thailand‘s king has endorsed the army chief who seized power in a coup last week, amid widespread international criticism and increasing detention of those considered to be opposed to the takeover.

General Prayuth Chan-ocha told journalists on Monday morning that the much revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, had officially backed him as the leader of the military council now running the country.

Prayuth seized power on Thursday after six months of political in-fighting between the now-deposed government and its critics, who had taken to the streets and besieged government buildings in an effort to oust it. At least 28 people were killed and more than 700 injured in sometimes violent clashes after anti-government protests began in November.

Vowing to restore order across Thailand, Prayuth said he would have no choice but to use violence if anti-coup demonstrators, who over the past four days have taken to the streets in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya, continued to protest.

“The most important thing right now is to keep peace and order in the country,” said Prayuth, dressed in a white military uniform and flanked by 14 officers, in the televised press conference. “The less you allow me to speak, the more I’ll be able to work.”

The royal endorsement officially allows Prayuth to head the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), which will establish a legislative assembly and reform committee, draw up a temporary constitution, and appoint a prime minister. Prayuth promised elections would take place, but only when Thailand was “at peace”.

One of the council’s first actions will be to arrange payments to nearly 1 million farmers under a botched billion-dollar rice-pledging scheme initiated by the now-deposed Pheu Thai government.

Prayuth has enacted sweeping changes in the four days since he deposed the democratically elected government.

More than 200 journalists, academics, politicians and activists have been rounded up and many of them detained in undisclosed locations, ostensibly to give them “time to think”, as Prayuth said last week. Although the army has said detentions will last no longer than a week, observers fear they are merely a means to stifle dissent against the takeover, because many of those summoned include members of the former cabinet, including the former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her supporters, and those who appear to have been outwardly critical of Thailand’s lese-majesty law, which protects the monarchy.

As of Monday, an unknown number of people still remained in detention, including the outspoken Thai journalist Pravit Rojanaphruk of the English-language newspaper the Nation, who has not been seen or heard from since arriving at army headquarters on Sunday, the newspaper reported.

Yingluck was released from detention late on Sunday but now has soldiers guarding her home and must inform the junta of her activities, a senior military official told Reuters.

Suthep Thaugsuban, who has led anti-government protests for the past six months, has also been released from detention but was handed over on Monday to the prosecutor’s office on rebellion charges, along with 10 other leaders of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), the Nation reported.

Another nine people – among them law and political science professors from Bangkok universities – were summoned late on Sunday night, the online news portal Prachathai reported, with some pro-government leaders and anti-coup protesters having been arrested in the northern city of Chiang Mai over the weekend.

The junta has said that the military now has the jurisdiction to intervene in all legal cases – including lese-majesty and national security cases – and has warned civilians and the media against posting anything on social media that could be deemed a threat to national security.

“For those of you who use social media to provoke, please stop because it’s not good for anyone,” the deputy army spokesman, Winthai Suvaree, said in a televised statement. Nineteen news editors were called in on Sunday for the junta to speak to them about covering news during an “abnormal situation”, the Nation reported.

Various human rights groups and countries have expressed their concern over the coup – among them the US, the EU, Japan, France and Germany – and issued warnings against “non-essential travel” to the popular tourist destination. The US has suspended roughly one-third of its aid to the country.

The former education minister Chaturon Chaisang, who is currently in hiding, told Reuters by telephone that the junta was likely to tighten its grip as the days wore on.

“This is very serious indeed, it’s very bad,” Chaturon said. “It seems they’ll detain a lot of people and we don’t know for how long. It’s going to be very oppressive.”

New Board Certified Tampa Veterinarians Join Cross Creek Animal Medical Centre

TAMPA, Fla., May 25, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cross Creek Animal Medical Centre announced the addition of three new Tampa veterinarians to their staff. These veterinarians are board certified surgeon Dr. Colby Burns, internist Dr. Chris Ludlow, and associate veterinarian Dr. Debra Drew. Dr. Burns specializes in providing small animal surgery, Dr. Ludlow provides clinical nutrition and gastroenterology care, and Dr. Drew focuses on general small animal medicine. The three Tampa veterinarians further enhance the veterinary specialist capabilities at Cross Creek Animal Medical Centre.

Dr. Burns is a 2006 graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The board certified surgeon completed a one-year small animal rotation internship at Tufts Cummings College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her small animal surgery residency at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Burns became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2012 and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2013.

“I am thrilled to join Cross Creek Animal Medical Centre and continue the practice’s long tradition of providing outstanding veterinary medical care for the Tampa community,” said Dr. Burns. “Small animal fractures, hip replacements and other small animal surgical procedures can be a stressful experience for both pets and their owners. I work closely with pet owners to make the process as easy and seamless as possible. It’s wonderful to bring movement back to pets for the first time.”

Dr. Burns has also received certificates of completion for AO ASIF Advance Techniques in Small Animal Fracture Management, AO ASIF Principles of Small Animal Fracture Management, and BioMedtrix Total Hip Replacement courses.

Dr. Ludlow earned his DVM with honors from Kansas State University in 1986 and has worked in a variety of practice settings before focusing on Veterinary Internal Medicine Diagnostics and Gastroenterology care. The Tampa veterinarian has over 15 years of experience in ultrasound and endoscopy in university and referral hospital settings. He has lectured extensively nationally and internationally in gastroenterology and has taught endoscopy wet labs at national meetings.

“I am passionate about clinical nutrition and the best veterinary diagnostics possible,” said Dr. Ludlow. “I am excited to continue offering these services.”

Dr. Drew has been practicing pet health care since 1998. She also began training in small animal diagnostic ultrasonography and echocardiography before the techniques were formally introduction into routine veterinary medicine.

“My favorite part of being a veterinarian is the big smile, wag or purr when a job is well done,” said Dr. Drew. “I am proud to have been at the forefront of veterinary technology now for nearly two decades, and will continue providing advanced diagnostic care to the Tampa community.”

To learn more about the Tampa veterinarians and their Tampa pet health care services, clients are urged to call the clinic.

Maria Menounos Signs Multi-Year Agreement with E! Entertainment as the Network Continues to Expand Its Successful News …


Multi-Faceted Partnership Kicks Off with Menounos Hosting New Series “Untold with Maria Menounos,” Joining “Live from E!” and E! Specials and Appearing Across E! Platforms

Overall Deal Also Includes First Look Agreement With Menounos’ Underman/Omegagirl Production Company

Los Angeles, CA, May 22, 2014 – Popular entertainment host, journalist, author, producer and reality show star Maria Menounos has signed a multi-year agreement with E! that includes both talent and producing roles. As part of the comprehensive partnership, Menounos will host a new one-hour entertainment news magazine series, “Untold with Maria Menounos.” Menounos will also be featured on the popular off-the-cuff roundtable series “Live From E!” and upcoming “E! Specials.” Additionally, Menounos’ production company, Underman/Omegagirl Productions, will hang its shingle at E!, with the network getting first look rights to ideas for series, specials and other projects across all platforms.

“As we continue to expand E!’s dynamic news programming line-up, we’re so excited to have Maria join the E! team to help drive the growth and expansion of E! as the global entertainment news leader. With her undeniable charisma and deep industry relationships, Maria has a huge fan following as one of the premiere entertainment news personalities in Hollywood today,” said Cyndi McClellan, President, Network Strategy E! News, E! She added, “While conceiving “Untold,” we always thought Maria was the ideal host because of her varied experiences not only in entertainment, but also in global reporting. We’re thrilled to bring her talents to the network and to collaborate with her as we create and develop exciting new programming together.”

“To be able to host, report and produce for an entire network, one that spans globally no less, is thrilling,” added Menounos. “I’m excited to exercise my talents on both sides of the camera as my partner, Keven Undergaro, and I have many projects to bring to the network through Underman/Omegagirl. I’m equally excited to join a team of hosts and producers that are amongst the finest in our industry.”

Hosted on location by Menounos, “Untold with Maria Menounos” is a fresh and fun approach to celebrity and trends, covering a wide array of topics, such as Gen Y Royals, the rise of heroin in Hollywood, the popularity of electronic dance music (EDM) and the meteoric rise of some reality stars from their humble beginnings. Each episode will be comprised of three extensive individual stories, as well as additional segments such as celebrity sound-off and pop culture minute.

“Live from E!” is a live roundtable discussion led by popular E! personalities that is filled with off-the-cuff commentary and inside scoop on the latest celebrity news and gossip. It features a breakdown of the news and latest celebrity video and photos, along with candid conversation and celebrity guests. This fast-paced and high-energy series lets the audience drop in on the fun and topical conversations as they are happening inside the walls of E! The popular series, which began as a web series at Eonline before crossing over to TV, airs Mondays at 8pm ET/PT.

Maria Menounos most recently served as a host of the daily entertainment news show, “Extra” and previously reported for “Nightly News,” the “Today Show” and “Access Hollywood” where she traveled the globe covering world affairs. Her reality series “Chasing Maria Menounos” airs on Oxygen. In the digital space, she hosted the talk series “Conversations with Maria Menounos,” is the founder of the online broadcast network, AfterBuzz TV, producing TV ‘after-shows’ and playing to a weekly world audience of 22 million and is co-founder of “Black Hollywood Live,” the first online broadcast network dedicated to African American entertainment news. She is a contributing editor for People Magazine’s Style Watch and author of the New York Times Best Seller The Everygirl’s Guide to Life with a second book, The Everygirl’s Guide to Diet and Fitness slated for release this June 3rd. Menounos was a semi-finalist in the reality competition series “Dancing with the Stars” and has had roles on “Louie”, “Entourage”, “Tropic Thunder”, “One Tree Hill” and “The Mindy Project.” Having interviewed every President, one on one since Clinton, she remains the only journalist to interview the entire Obama family, an interview heralded by ABC News as pivotal to the President’s historic victory.

About E! Entertainment

E! is the only global, multiplatform brand for all things pop culture. The network is currently available to 98 million cable and satellite subscribers in the U.S. Eonline delivers breaking entertainment news and in-depth coverage on television, movies, music, celebrities, fashion, beauty and lifestyle. One of the fastest-growing, most influential digital properties, Eonline is a leader in online video and mobile and a leading entertainment brand across social. Popular E! programming includes core franchises, “E! News,” “The Soup,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Fashion Police” and “True Hollywood Story,” as well as the network’s popular series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Total Divas,” “Hello Ross” and “Eric Jessie: Game On.” Additionally, E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” signature events keep fans connected to their favorite stars on pop culture’s biggest nights. E! is a network of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience.

5 Reasons Why Beyoncé Won’t File For Divorce From Jay Z

Jay Z, Beyonce

Jay-Z and Beyoncé attend the 2014 NBA Playoffs between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center May 2.

Following “elevator-gate”, multiple outlets are reporting that Beyoncé, 32, and her husband of six years, rapper Jay Z, 44, are headed for what is being labeled as an “inevitable” split. While the A-list duo has released a statement claiming to have “moved forward as a family” following the May 5 incident with sister Solange Knowles, the tabloids are singing a different tune.

“They’ve been on the verge of divorce for the past year,” a source told OK! Magazine in its latest print edition. “Jay and Bey go to public events and put on a front that they’re happily married, but they haven’t been happy for a while.”

Life Style is also reporting that divorce is in the cards for the “Crazy in Love” performers, one unidentified “family insider” confirming to the magazine that a breakup is just on the horizon. “It’s been real rocky for them,” said the source. “Divorce is inevitable and Beyoncé’s only option.”

While Beyoncé is rumored to be out on the outs with her beau of more than a decade, there are several reasons for the songstress not to forward with a separation.  


With Beyoncé and Jay Z’s combined net worth estimated to be $900 million, legal experts are reporting that their divorce could cost upwards of an astounding $1 billion. “It would be the most expensive celebrity divorce in history,” Goldie Schon, a California family lawyer, told Life Style. “Attorneys’ fees and professional fees could be in excess of $100,000 every month. The cost of divorce is endless.” 


Not only would their celebrity divorce break monetary records, it could also hurt their income in the long run. According to Life Style, the couple are trying to keep their union together in order to complete their “On The Run“ tour, which is reportedly selling tickets for up to $342 a pop. “A divorce would simply be bad for business,” reported the magazine. “That’s the big reason why they’re keeping their troubled relationship a secret.” A source relayed a similar sentiment to OK!, saying, “Beyoncé has been told by their manager that they need to maintain a united front.”


Despite their own issues, Beyoncé’s top priority is reportedly the well-being of their 2-year-old daughter Blue Ivy. While there is no word if the tot is what is keeping the entertainers together, sources are speculating that the pair would share custody of Blue if they split. “Little Blue Ivy is the light of both of her parents’ lives,” reads Life Style’s report, adding that the pair is adamant about the youngster being “unscathed” by a potential divorce.


According to Life Style, Beyoncé may be holding back from ending her relationship with Jay Z in an effort to keep up their happy couple persona. “Beyoncé is extremely careful about her image, and everything she does is thought out and planned,” said one source. “She is obsessed with them appearing as the perfect family.”


Following her 2008 nuptials to Jay Z, the music mogul has reportedly taken over his wife’s career. While Beyoncé’s father Mathew Knowles used to serve as her manager, Life Style is reporting that Jay Z has since taken over the job. “Jay Z is very controlling,” said one insider. “[Beyoncé] basically went from having her father running her life to Jay running her life.”

Seven dead including gunman in ‘mass murder’ California shooting

Seven people have been killed in a shooting near a college campus in California, in what authorities described as “premeditated mass murder”. Seven more people were injured, one with injuries police said were life-threatening and required surgery.

The gunman, who police said was one of the people killed, attacked at approximately 9.27pm on Friday night, driving a black BMW near the University of California, Santa Barbara campus in the Isla Vista neighbourhood. The identities of the victims were not immediately released.

Alan Shifman, an attorney for a Hollywood director, Peter Rodger, said on Saturday the family believed his son, Elliot, was responsible for the shooting. Shifman told the Associated Press the family had not yet seen his body, but they had been told he was killed and believed he killed six people.

Shifman said: “The Rodger family offers their deepest compassion and sympathy to the families involved in this terrible tragedy. We are experiencing the most inconceivable pain, and our hearts go out to everybody involved.”

Earlier the Santa Barbara county sheriff, Bill Brown, who said the name of the suspected gunman would not be released, pending notification of relatives, confirmed that police were investigating a video posted on YouTube. He said: “It would appear that [it] is connected.”

The video, entitled Elliot Rodger’s Retribution and published on Friday, showed a young man who said he was a 22-year-old virgin, complaining that women had rejected him.

“I will have my revenge against humanity,” he said, vowing to kill students and Isla Vista residents. “I will punish all of you for it.”

The account that posted the video contained 20 clips, including the titles “Why do girls hate me so much?”,“Life is so unfair because girls don’t want me” and “My reaction to seeing a young couple at the beach, Envy”.

Shifman said the Rodgers family called police several weeks ago after being alarmed by YouTube videos “regarding suicide and the killing of people”. Police interviewed Elliot Rodger and found him to be a “perfectly polite, kind and wonderful human”, Shifman said.

Shifman added that police did not find a history of guns, but did say Rodger “didn’t have a lot of friends”.

Earlier, Brown described the gunman as “severely mentally disturbed”, called the incident “the work of a madman” and added that “a lot more information will come out that will give a clearer picture of just how disturbed this individual was”.

Brown said police believed the suspected gunman acted alone, and that about 10 minutes elapsed between the first 911 calls and the suspected gunman being found dead in his car.

On Saturday morning, the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) released a statement. It said: “We have been notified that several of our students were taken to local hospitals last night … Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those affected.”

The university said it was making counselling services available and had set up emergency housing.

Santa Barbara shooting
A college student near the scene of the shooting. Photograph: Jae C Hong/AP

The county sheriff’s office said it was investigating “approximately nine different crime scenes”.

Witnesses interviewed by local television stations reported seeing the car speeding through the streets as the gunman fired from it. Brown confirmed that the gunman exchanged fire with sheriff’s deputies in two separate gunfights, before crashing into a parked car.

The suspect was found dead of a gunshot wound in the car, from which authorities recovered a semiautomatic handgun. Brown said he did not know if the suspect had been shot by deputies, or if he had killed himself.

One student told KEYT-TV he saw shots fired from the car, fatally striking one woman and critically injuring another. “I heard shots, scream, pain,” Michael Vitak said.

Another, visibly shaken student told the station she was approached by the driver of a black BMW who flashed a handgun and asked: “Hey, what’s up?”

The student, who did not provide her full name, said thought he was carrying an airsoft gun and kept walking. She said seconds later, she felt something buzz by her head and quickly realised they were bullets.

Robert Johnson, a 21-year-old UCSB student, said the car drove past him and that he heard “popping noises” that he mistook for firecrackers or a car backfiring.

“Then the sound came again, and by that point it had pulled up in front of a convenience store deli, and someone in the car was firing into a crowd of about eight, 10 people that were gathered in front of the store,” he said.

“Everyone that was being fired upon, they all jumped and scrambled to run inside the store.”

The car had darkly tinted windows and the occupant was not visible, Johnson said.

Santa Barbara shooting
Police and emergency personnel tend to a victim. Photo: Zack Warburg/Reuters

The county sheriff’s statement said: “The shootings began at approximately 9.27pm on 23 May when reports of shots fired in the Isla Vista area were called in to the Santa Barbara county emergency communications centre. Sheriff’s deputies responded and found several victims suffering from gunshot wounds.

“At approximately 9.33pm, six minutes after the initial call was received, the suspect engaged a group of responding deputies with gunfire. The deputies returned fire and the suspect fled in his vehicle.

“Seconds later the suspect was again spotted by another deputy and another exchange of gunfire occurred. The suspect fled down Del Playa Drive and eventually crashed into a parked vehicle.”

Isla Vista, a small community next to UC Santa Barbara’s campus, is home to 23,000 people. The area has a reputation for excessive partying.

Porky and Buddy Pet Health – What’s Up With All The Black Cats?

Dear Porky and Buddy,

I was wasting time on the internet the other day. I was supposed to be researching an article. But you know how one thing leads to another and somehow I ended up looking at the Oswego County Humane Society’s adoptable cats. They have a lot of really beautiful cats, but I did notice that many of their older cats are black or mostly black. Why is that?  Are there a lot of black cats in our area?


Dear Jon,

If one thing had really led to another, you would have adopted one of those beautiful black cats by now, but there is still plenty of time.

The reason for that is that black cats, like black dogs, black rabbits, what have you, have a much harder time finding homes than all the shallow blondes and temperamental redheads out there in the homeless pet universe.

So you will see a lot of black pets up for adoption at every shelter and rescue and waiting longer to find a home. For the life of us, we can‘t figure out why.

Obviously, their color has nothing to do with their personalities, or their intelligence, or their friendliness.

And when you really think about it, there is noting more elegant looking than a sleek black cat!

Probably a lot more elegant than you, (or so we suspect).  Plus, they never clash with what you are wearing!

Seriously, when you go to adopt your new cat, think about the ones who need a home the most – the black cats, the shy cats, the grumpy ones, the older ones.

Our motto is: Adopt a cat, any cat!  If love of cats is not enough, then feel guilty; just adopt a cat.

We know it’s a little long for a motto, but it sums it up for us nicely.

Speaking of nice, the “Friends of Maurine Caprin” are holding their annual poker run benefit for the Humane Society in her memory on June 7.

Registration starts at 9 am in the VFW Park on the corner of Fifth and Seward streets in Fulton.

$15 per person. Kickstands up at 11 a.m.

Cars are welcome.

There will be live entertainment, raffles, a board of dreams, and overnight camping is available.

Check the Humane Society’s website for more details.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.

Phone: (315) 207-1070.



Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!

Maria Menounos Officially Leaves 'Extra' for E!

The ‘Extra’ co-host has inked an overall deal with E! to host a new entertainment news series and appear in TV specials.

Photo credit: FayesVision/WENN

Maria Menounos officially joins E!. After months of speculation that she would leave “Extra” for the NBCUniversal-owned channel, the 35-year-old actress/journalist has inked a multi-year agreement with E! Entertainment.

As part of the deal, Menounos will host a new one-hour entertainment news magazine series, “Untold with Maria Menounos”. She will also appear on “Live From E!”, upcoming specials, as well other projects across all platforms.

“As we continue to expand E!’s dynamic news programming line-up, we’re so excited to have Maria join the E! team to help drive the growth and expansion of E! as the global entertainment news leader,” says Cyndi McClellan, President, Network Strategy E! News, E!. “With her undeniable charisma and deep industry relationships, Maria has a huge fan following as one of the premiere entertainment news personalities in Hollywood today.”

She adds, “While conceiving ‘Untold’, we always thought Maria was the ideal host because of her varied experiences not only in entertainment, but also in global reporting. We’re thrilled to bring her talents to the network and to collaborate with her as we create and develop exciting new programming together.”

Menounos also comments, “To be able to host, report and produce for an entire network, one that spans globally no less, is thrilling. I’m excited to exercise my talents on both sides of the camera as my partner, Kevin Undergaro, and I have many projects to bring to the network through Underman/Omegagirl. I’m equally excited to join a team of hosts and producers that are amongst the finest in our industry.”

The upcoming news series, “Untold with Maria Menounos”, is described as a fresh and fun approach to celebrity and trends, covering a wide array of topics, such as Gen Y Royals, the rise of heroin in Hollywood, the popularity of electronic dance music (EDM) and the meteoric rise of some reality stars from their humble beginnings. Hosted on location, each episode will be comprised of three extensive individual stories, as well as additional segments such as celebrity sound-off and pop culture minute.

Menounos joined “Extra” in 2011. She also served as a correspondent on “Entertainment Tonight” from 2002-2005, “Access Hollywood” from 2005-2011 and co-hosted a few episodes of “Today“.


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This Week In Tabloids: Julia Roberts Is a Cold-Hearted Bitch of a Wife

This Week In Tabloids: Julia Roberts Is a Cold-Hearted Bitch of a Wife

Welcome back! Wednesdays are for Midweek Madness, in which Callie Beusman heads to the newsstand and buys the latest issues of Ok!, Us, In Touch, Life Style and Star, so that together we may inhale fragrant opium vapors of gossip. This week: Kate Middleton is having twins (again? so soon?); Julia Roberts is a cold bruja; and Ryan Gosling is a meat-suit of lies.

This Week In Tabloids: Julia Roberts Is a Cold-Hearted Bitch of a WifeS

In Touch


Miraculously, Jennifer Aniston is pregnant for the one millionth time. Because this is a tabloid tale as old as time, InTouch works hard to provide new insipid and patently untrue details: Jennifer stopped highlighting her hair, which proves something is in that womb! She wants to put Tabasco sauce on “everything, including watermelon”! They want to name the baby Philippa, nickname Pippa! Ok, guys. Sure. In other news, Solange would hypothetically be paid up to $20 million to write a tell-all on Beyoncé, hypothetically revealing some big secrets. She is not actually writing said tell-all. “Solange is growing increasingly fed up with playing second fiddle to Beyoncé,” says the mag. Uh. A good way to ensure that you continue playing second fiddle to someone is to make millions of dollars writing a book entirely about them. Just sayin’. Next: Lamar Odom tried to get into a night club at which Khloe Kardashian and her new boyfriend French Montana were reveling, and he was turned away at the door. Some people think this was carefully orchestrated in order to humiliate him on camera for Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Others insist that Khloe would never partake in something that cruel and that it was just a coincidence. Such intrigue. Moving on: Cameron Diaz is dating Benji Madden from Good Charlotte. The common interest that draws them together is fitness. They are very happy, says a source.

GRADE: F (sulfuric rotten egg fart)

This Week In Tabloids: Julia Roberts Is a Cold-Hearted Bitch of a WifeS

Life Style


Beyoncé and Jay Z are headed for divorce, says Life Style, rather inevitably. The rest of this article chronicles all the nebulous theories that the Internet tired of approx. 5 days ago (Jay cheated! Bey got her Jay-themed tattoo removed!), with this added bit of creative arithmetic: “They’re an estimated $900 million couple, so it could easily turn into a $1 billion divorce.” EASILY. $100 million might just spring forth from the earth! Moving on: Miley Cyrus’ on-stage breakdown last week — which she said was not about Liam Hemsworth — was actually about Liam Hemsworth. To wit: the editors asked a psychotherapist for her thoughts on the matter, and she responded “[Miley]’s still in love with Liam. Women do that! They want to tell him to go fuck himself. They want to hurt him.” Oh, women, always doing that. Classic women move. In other news, there are now Ryan Gosling ab truthers out there in the world (Fig. 1), which is highly unappreciated. Elsewhere in the mag, Kim and Kanye are living apart while their $11 million mansion undergoes endless renovations, and it’s causing tensions. Kim’s rep denies this. Cool story, guys.

GRADE: D- (curry craps)

This Week In Tabloids: Julia Roberts Is a Cold-Hearted Bitch of a WifeS



Kate Middleton is pregnant again, too, with girl twins. The proof is mostly two (2) separate photos of her hand resting on her stomach, which is essentially the same thing as a sonogram. According to a source, William has already notified the Queen, who will slither off her treasure hoard in order to bequeath diamonds upon the infants once they are born. In other news, Beyoncé and Jay Z are having a $450 million divorce (not a $1 billion one, apparently) because of the usual suspects: infidelity rumors, Jay Z being selfish and controlling, etc etc. Sure. Elsewhere in the mag, Miley Cyrus is allegedly mad at Taylor Swift for calling her VMAs performance “grotesque,” so she’s spreading rumors that she’s a “sexless, frigid ice princess” who “bored” Harry Styles out of bed. What-evvver. Taylor is too busy buying feminist books from independent booksellers and buying antiques to care. Moving on: Reese Witherspoon’s husband Jim Toth is reportedly “disappointed” in her for getting all drunk and sloppy in an elevator at the Met Gala, since the footage of her trying to pronounce Delevingne and dispensing sex advice went viral. Ok, 1) there are way worse things she could have done in an after-party elevator, as we all know from experience, 2) the video was cute!, and 3) expecting a celebrity to not get drunk at the Met Gala is CRUEL AND UNUSUAL. No harmless drunken antic-shaming, OK!. That’s way not cool. And, finally, Ellen and Portia are going to renew their vows, which OK! sees as a blatant attempt to combat rumors about their marriage (spread by OK!), and not a cute and sweet gesture. Very cynical of you, editors. In addition, they’re considering adopting a child because they like Rosie and Sophie Grace so much. If anyone will do it, it’s those two lil’ cherubim.

GRADE: F (watery hot dog gas)

This Week In Tabloids: Julia Roberts Is a Cold-Hearted Bitch of a WifeS



This story does its best to paint Julia Roberts as a cruel-agro-bitch-wife, alleging that she keeps husband Danny Moder “on a tight leash” and is “petrified he’ll cheat” and “rules the house with an iron fist and uses the fact that she brings in the bulk of their income to control Danny.” Danny wanted to go surfing in the South Pacific with his friends and maybe work on a documentary about ocean pollution and Julia’s first response was “I’m not funding it.” Cold! Of course, there is no actual divorce, the cover line is just how much COULD be at stake IF they split, which they have not. Moving on: Katy Perry is “out of control” because she was seen “staggering” out of a bar and is dating “international party scene” fixture Diplo. Lindsay Lohan got breast implants when she was 17 and needs to get them redone “but she’s broke.” A “pal” says she’s “desperate” to get new bazooms before the end of summer. Shouldn’t she have gotten them before “bikini” “season”? Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden are dating after being set up by Nicole Richie and a source says “she loves that he’s a bad boy with a heart of gold.” Apparently they go to the gym together for workouts all the time which is soooooo bad boy. Brawlin’ at the elliptical. Meanwhile: Bobby Cannavale asked girlfriend Rose Byrne to marry him and she said she’d have to think about it. !!!!∞ In even sadder couples news, Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez broke up. RIP Carachelle, you were boozy fun while you lasted. In the requisite Tori Spelling story, Dean’s 15-year-old son has been tweeting about how fake the show is, and says “My father is not what the show makes him, he is a good man.” Finally, “Jen’s Secret Diaries” explains that Jennifer Aniston has six leather-bound journals locked away in a safe, but was hanging out with some friends getting drunk recently and spilled what’s inside: Vince Vaughn was great in bed and in to “all kinds of stuff she’d never tried before.” John Mayer was a “spoiled manchild” but “one of the best lovers.” Bradley Cooper was “obsessed with his looks and kept using Jen’s beauty products” and Gerard Butler “underperformed between the sheets.” None of this is necessarily true but God, how great would it be if all of it were true?

GRADE: D- (booze poos)

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The cover blares “47 pages of Jaw-dropping PHOTOS!” and what that means is previously published glossy photos of 100 celebs — Heidi Klum, Charlize Theron, Jessica Alba, Jared Leto, etc — in swimsuits or shirtless or otherwise showing off their physique. This is your mindlessly-flipping-pages-on-the-beach-Memorial-Day mag right here. Also inside: Rihanna broke up with Drake because he wanted to buy her an engagement ring but she doesn’t think of him as anything serious. Ouch. Kim and Kanye’s wedding involves a private tour of Versailles on Friday night (guests are expected to dress in vintage French royalty attire), a ceremony — sunset vows — in Florence on Saturday (“North will be carried down the aisle,” says a source) and a brunch at the Corsini Villa a Costello on Sunday afternoon. Sounds exhuasting.

GRADE: C (protein shake tummy rumbles)


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Pentagon report: scope of intelligence compromised by Snowden ‘staggering’

A top-secret Pentagon report to assess the damage to national security from the leak of classified National Security Agency documents by Edward Snowden concluded that “the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering”.

The Guardian has obtained a copy of the Defense Intelligence Agency’s classified damage assessment in response to a Freedom of Information Act (Foia) lawsuit filed against the Defense Department earlier this year. The heavily redacted 39-page report was prepared in December and is titled “DoD Information Review Task Force-2: Initial Assessment, Impacts Resulting from the Compromise of Classified Material by a Former NSA Contractor.”

But while the DIA report describes the damage to US intelligence capabilities as “grave”, the government still refuses to release any specific details to support this conclusion. The entire impact assessment was redacted from the material released to the Guardian under a presidential order that protects classified information and several other Foia exemptions.

Only 12 pages of the report were declassified by DIA and released. A Justice Department attorney said DIA would continue to process other internal documents that refer to the DIA report for possible release later this year.

Steven Aftergood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists, questioned the decision to withhold specific details.

“The essence of the report is contained in the statement that ‘the scope of the compromised knowledge related to US intelligence capabilities is staggering’. But all elaboration of what this striking statement means has been withheld,” he said.

The assessment excluded NSA-related information and dealt exclusively with non-NSA defense materials. The report was distributed to multiple US military commands around the world and all four military branches.

“This report presents the Information Review Task Force-2’s (IRTF-2s’) initial assessment of impact to the Department of Defense (DoD) from the compromise of [redacted] classified files by a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor,” the report’s executive summary states.

“The IRTF-2 and Defense component partners continue triaging and reviewing compromised information for Defense equities and will update this report as additional assessments are completed. Combatant Commands (CCMDs) and Services have produced separate reports that provide greater details concerning the potential impact of the compromise on their respective equities … It should be noted that SIGINT [Signals Intelligence]-specific equities are not addressed in this report; NSA is reviewing those separately.”

The classified damage assessment was first cited in a news report published by Foreign Policy on January 9. The Foreign Policy report attributed details of the DIA assessment to House intelligence committee chairman Mike Rogers and its ranking Democrat Dutch Ruppersberger. The lawmakers said the White House had authorized them to discuss the document in order to undercut the narrative of Snowden being portrayed as a heroic whistleblower.

The DIA report has been cited numerous times by Rogers and Rusppersberger and other lawmakers who claimed Snowden’s leaks have put US personnel at risk.

In January, Rogers asserted that the report concluded that most of the documents Snowden took “concern vital operations of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force”.

“This report confirms my greatest fears — Snowden’s real acts of betrayal place America’s military men and women at greater risk. Snowden’s actions are likely to have lethal consequences for our troops in the field,” Rogers said in a statement at the time.

But details to back up Rogers’ claims are not included in the declassified material released to the Guardian.

Neither he nor any other lawmaker has disclosed specific details from the DIA report but they have continued to push the “damage” narrative in interviews with journalists and during appearances on Sunday talk shows.

The declassified portion of the report obtained by the Guardian says only that DIA “assesses with high confidence that the information compromise by a former NSA contractor [redacted] and will have a GRAVE impact on US national defense”.

The declassified material does not state the number of documents Snowden is alleged to have taken, which Rogers and Ruppersberger have claimed, again citing the DIA’s assessment, was 1.7m. Nor does the declassified portion of the report identify Snowden by name.

“[Redacted] a former NSA contractor compromised [redacted] from NSA Net and the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS),” the report says. “On 6 June 2013, media groups published the first stories based on this material, and on 9 June 2013 they identified the source as an NSA contractor who had worked in Hawaii.”

JWICS is identified as a “24 hour a day network designed to meet the requirements for secure [top-secret/sensitive compartmented information] multi-media intelligence communications worldwide. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has directed that all Special Security Offices (SSOs) will install the JWICS.”

The Washington Post, quoting anonymous sources, reported last October that Snowden “lifted the documents from a top-secret network run by the Defense Intelligence Agency and used by intelligence arms of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines.” The Post further claimed that Snowden “took 30,000 documents that involve the intelligence work of one of the services” and that he gained access to the documents through JWICS.

The report says that on 11 July 2013, about a month after the Guardian’s first report on the NSA’s metadata program was published, DIA chief Lieutenant General Michael Flynn “directed establishment of the Information Review Task Force 2 (IRTF-2) to acquire, triage, analyze, and assess all DIA and DoD compromised information”.

“Since 11 July 2013, IRTF-2 has led a coordinated DoD effort to discover, triage, and assess the impact of non-NSA Defense material from NSA holdings of compromised data,” according to the DIA report. “As of 18 December 2013, the federated IRTF-2 assessment includes: [redacted]”

Flynn was recently forced out of his position at DIA as part of a “leadership shakeup,” according to a report published in the Washington Post.

A partially declassified annex of the report contains various “terms of reference” that provide some clues as to what the impact assessment contains. For example, the report defines “compromised” as “out of government control”, while “disclosed” is defined as “made available to the public via the media, or to a foreign adversary”.

No evidence has surfaced to support persistent claims from pundits and lawmakers that Snowden has provided any of the NSA documents he obtained to a “foreign adversary”.

Ben Wizner, Snowden’s attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, said: “This report, which makes unsubstantiated claims about alleged harm to national security, is from December of 2013. Just this month, Keith Alexander admitted in an interview that he doesn’t ‘think anybody really knows what he [Snowden] actually took with him, because the way he did it, we don’t have an accurate way of counting’. In other words, the government’s so-called damage assessment is based entirely on guesses, not on facts or evidence.”

According to the annex, the “level of impact” that ensues from the unauthorized disclosure of top secret material is defined as “exceptionally grave damage to national security”. The disclosure of secret material would lead to “serious damage”, while the impact of classified material being leaked is defined as “damage”.

Steven Aftergood, of the Federation of American Scientists, pointed out that the report’s finding that the Snowden leaks had a “grave” impact did not follow any of the levels defined in the annex. “That is a bit odd,” he said, adding: “Within this hierarchy, it is not clear where ‘grave impact’ would fall.”

The annex also provides a legal rationale to identifying Snowden as a “Person of Interest (POI).” It says by using that term “in briefings and correspondence” it “limits legally discoverable information”.

Whistle’s New GPS Capabilities and the First Network Dedicated to Internet of Things to Change the Landscape of …


Whistle, the makers of the leading pet health and activity monitor, today introduced WhistleGPS, the next generation of its line of pet tech products. This device and connected mobile app will help ensure that dog owners in the U.S. can always find their pets. Harnessing the U.S. deployment of the SIGFOX network, the first wireless network dedicated to the internet of things, Whistle aims to prevent the loss of the roughly 10 million family pets that go missing annually.

“WhistleGPS offers pet owners peace of mind that they’ll never lose their best friend,” said Ben Jacobs, CEO of Whistle. “Until now, GPS devices on the market simply didn’t make sense for most dog owners. Subscription costs are high, battery life is short, and products are too big for most breeds to even wear. By leveraging the SIGFOX network, we’re offering a GPS device that pet owners can use effortlessly, and be proud to put on their dog’s collar.”

WhistleGPS is a sleek device that attaches to a dog’s collar to collect and categorize key information, including location, activity and rest. Pet owners can use WhistleGPS to make sure their dogs are getting the right amount of daily activity and to pinpoint their dog’s exact location from their smartphone. Unlike other GPS products on the market, WhistleGPS addresses three key challenges for location monitoring, including:

  • Size – At roughly the size of a silver dollar (16 grams), WhistleGPS is less than 1/3 the size of other available trackers, making it the smallest and lowest profile pet monitoring device on the market. This means more dogs of varying sizes will be able to wear the device comfortably.
  • Battery life – Leveraging brand new low-energy wireless network capabilities to communicate location, WhistleGPS is able to provide 2x the battery life than currently possible in other devices. This allows people to use their device for at least one week before needing to recharge the battery, for a better experience.
  • Affordability – Bypassing expensive wireless providers and connecting to the new internet of things ecosystem allows WhistleGPS to keep cost of subscriptions down to 1/2 current price of GPS services.

As the collaboration with Whistle demonstrates, the new low-energy network with SIGFOX addresses the widespread need for new wireless communication solutions. Current options for mobile connectivity only offer close-range syncing via Bluetooth and WiFi, or cumbersome and expensive 3G and 4G wireless systems. The introduction of the SIGFOX on-demand wireless network in the U.S. – timed for the end of this year – bridges the gap between the two current offerings and will unleash new opportunities for addressing connected home solutions, smart city grids, valuable asset tracking and much more.

“WhistleGPS is a perfect example of how low-energy systems like ours open the door to innovation, especially within the internet of things sector,” said Ludovic Le Moan, CEO of SIGFOX. “As we approach the sunset date of older 2G networks, more products will be forced to evolve and iterate in months and years to come while enabling entirely new ones like WhistleGPS. The U.S. deployment of our wireless system is an exciting opportunity to usher in the new wave of connectivity and invention.”

Available for pre-order May 21 – 28, 2014

WhistleGPS is available for pre-order from May 21-28, 2014 for $49 (SRP $129) online at through a limited time offering powered by Crowdtilt Open. WhistleGPS will ship starting summer 2015.

About Whistle

Whistle is creating a new standard for pet health and safety by providing pet owners with a window into their dog’s life. Through intuitive devices and a comparative database of pet health information, Whistle is fueling new groundbreaking insights to transform veterinary research and preventative care. The company has established relationships with leading academic institutions, including University of Pennsylvania’s renowned Veterinary Clinical Investigations Center, to conduct studies employing Whistle’s devices and data. Additionally, Whistle has created an advisory council of vets across the country from private practitioners to cardiology professors, who collaborate and communicate with the broader medical and research community. All Whistle devices connect to a first-of-its-kind database that will establish the definitive set of standards. For more information about Whistle visit


SIGFOX is the first and only cellular network operator dedicated to the Internet of Things. SIGFOX is available in the UK, France, Spain and the Netherlands, as well as in many major cities, such as Moscow, Munich Milan. By removing the cost and energy barriers of connectivity for low throughput connected devices, SIGFOX unleashes the full potential of the Internet of Things. SIGFOX enables large-scale connection of objects through a simple, low-energy-consuming and cost-effective subscription-based connectivity solution. The cellular-based solution allows two-way communications without the need for application-specific network infrastructures and thus removes the installation complexity for the end users. Solution providers can build their products once and connect them on-demand, globally. SIGFOX contributes to wireless communications what Twitter contributes to web communications, i.e., the ability to communicate the essential information at low cost.

The SIGFOX network is deployed through SIGFOX Network Operator partnership program.

For more information, see and follow us on Twitter @sigfox.


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Julia Waneka, 415-848-7170