call me bias I don’t care. I love them both from the moon and back. 😭😭😭😭 fucking love you two so much. you girls have to hang out more 😘 when they held hands and when sandy rubs jen’s back during that “Intervention”…. I screamed. 👭 #jenniferaniston #sandrabullock #Jennifer #Aniston #Sandra #bullock #Jen #sandy #chelseahandler #chelsealately #finaleepisode #intervention

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The Consumerist Christmas Tree, from luzinterruptus.com:

Once again … we counted on the help of neighbors to carry it out. First, we ask them to donate their shopping bags to us and then we invited all those who wanted it – individuals, neighbor associations and students from local schools – to help us assemble the bags with which we shaped this new tree.

7 days of workshops, plus 2,000 donated bags filled with recycled plastic from nearby businesses, a structure made of prefabricated material and 4 days assembling, were required to put up this over 6 meter tree which was set up at the junction of two main streets, just across the street from the municipal health center.

The installation’s idea was the same as last year’s: on one hand, to represent, in a symbolic and universally recognizable way, the overconsumption of plastic bags; and, on the other hand, the squandering that typically takes place during these holidays which have set aside the religious and traditional meaning of these holidays to turn them into a real invitation to uncontrolled consumption.

More at Mocoloco.

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US begins air strikes in Iraq, Pentagon says
August 8, 2014

American warplanes began bombing Islamic militant targets outside the Kurdish city of Irbil on Friday, in the first offensive action by the US in Iraq since it withdrew ground troops in 2011.

Following authority granted by Barack Obama on Thursday, the Pentagon said two FA-18 jets dropped 500-pound laser-guided bombs on fighters with the Islamic State, also known as Isis or Isil.

The US claimed the militants were using artillery to shell peshmerga forces defending Irbil and threatening US personnel in the city.

“As the president made clear, the United States military will continue to take direct action against Isil when they threaten our personnel and facilities,” said Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.

Obama’s orders to his military commanders were widely drafted and included permission to take action against Isis forces threatening either the thousands of Yazidi refugees trapped on Mount Sinjar, or the cities of Irbil and Baghdad, where US “military advisers” are based.

The US portrayed its initial action on Friday as a necessary step to protect its joint operation centre in Irbil, which is being used to co-ordinate defences with Peshmerga fighters. “The fact of the matter is we have people in Irbil and if Irbil is allow to fall, they will be at risk,” said national security adviser Ben Rhodes on Friday.

But US jets have been operating over Kurdish areas for some time and the Pentagon believes the Islamic militants advancing toward Irbil pose a significant threat to the city.

Since Obama spoke from the White House on Thursday night, there has been relatively little criticism of his return to Iraqi military interventions in Congress. However there is thought to be deep unease within the White House about the risk of being sucked back into a prolonged campaign against Isis.

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