LIFESTYLE : Woman Drops $30K To Look Like Kim K “

These are the ones that make it really hard to remain objective. Fortunately, we’re a celebrity news blog, and that begs for subjectivity. However, in an effort to remain cordial, let’s try objectivity. Here we go.

A British woman, Claire Leeson, was regularly told by her friends that she looked like Kim Kardashian. In some ways, this was likely true–perhaps a few similarities in the realm of physical characteristics, but a true look-a-like…? Not quite. And that wasn’t good enough for Claire. She wanted to look just like Kim.

The look was likely secondary. She claimed that when she would do herself up like Kim, she would feel a tremendous boost in confidence. This is how most actors feel when they are playing roles. It’s a half-version of yourself. You get to make the choices, but somehow you feel as if it’s “not really you.”

Claire decided she liked strutting with the Kim style enough, she would go all-out, and have a few procedures done to make her look as close to Kim Kardashian as possible. So, Claire Leeson dropped some $30,000 to get her breasts done, teeth whitened, spray tans, really expensive makeup and some sort of work done to her butt. ‘Cause you can’t look like Kim if you don’t strut with a butt.

Here’s where the palm hits the face. Claire has taken on quite the line of employment since having all her work done. No, she’s not hookin’, so much as anyone knows, but she is putting her new look to the test of capitalism.

To see some comparison pics of Claire and Kim, and to hear what Claire is up to now !!!

USA : President Obama calls MH17 crash ‘terrible tragedy’ as U.S. works to confirm 23 Americans were on board now “

An armed pro-Russian separatist stands at a site of the plane crash in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine. 
A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was reportedly shot down, killing everyone aboard, in Ukraine near the Russian border Thursday.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called it a “terrorist act,” reported Interfax.

Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister, said on Facebook that the Boeing 777-200ER was flying at an altitude of 33,000 feet when it was hit by a missile fired from a Buk launcher, according to the Ukrainian news agency.

A Reuters reporter said that 23 U.S. citizens died in the crash. President Obama said U.S. authorities are “working to determine” if Americans were aboard the flight.

A witness captured footage of the fire that erupted after the plane hit the ground.
Taking the stage at 2:10 pm, President Obama said “the world is watching reports of a downed passenger jet near the Russia-Ukraine border”

“It looks like might be a terrible tragedy,” he said, adding that his team is trying to determine whether there were any Americans onboard the plane. “That is our first priority.”

“The United States will offer any assistance we can to help determine what happened, and why,” he said.

Reports show the flight was heading from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
A man works at putting out a fire at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash.
Dark clouds of smoke rise from a field where Malaysian Airlines 777 was shot down Thursday.

A missile from a Buk launcher, like the one pictured, hit the plane when it was at 33,000 feet, according to Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s Interior Minister.
The plane that crashed in Ukraine was reportedly a Boeing 777.
The aircraft came down just 20 miles short of entering Russian airspace near the city of Donetsk, in an area where the Ukrainian government has been fighting pro-Russian rebels.

Donetsk is a stronghold for the pro-Russian separatists.

LIFESTYLE : Pregnant but Dying, 21-Year-Old Army Wife Gives Birth to Baby Boy Parenting Friday,

When 21-year-old Army wife Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo went to the hospital in Fort Hood, Texas-almost 4 months pregnant, seemingly healthy, but experiencing excruciating abdominal pain-doctors discovered a gigantic tumor covering more than two-thirds of her liver. She was diagnosed with aggressive liver cancer and given two to four months to live, reports the US Department of Defense. Just save my baby, she said.
But as Raul Palacios, chief of interventional radiology at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, explains, “There was nothing out there we found in conventional medicine that would offer her any hope” of that happening. “We weren’t aware of anything in the past that had been tried successfully before.”

Its size and location made the tumor impossible to remove, while chemo would likely kill the fetus. So experts from more than a dozen specialties decided to try a new treatment, called selective internal radiation therapy with Y-90. By placing tiny radioactive particles into the artery that feeds Ruiz-Rojo’s liver tumor, they hoped to shrink or even kill the tumor, all with minimal risk to mother and baby. The treatment took six weeks, and Ruiz-Rojo went on to have healthy baby Luke at 32 weeks on Jan. 9; Palacios calls the case “a medical miracle.” Ruiz-Rojo’s own days are likely numbered-she turned down cancer treatments that “would impair the quality of time she has left with her baby,” Palacios says. But “I love spending time with my son; he’s beautiful,” she said over the phone from a hospice center near her family in California. “I’m so thankful for him.”

IN SPORT : David Taylor passes away

European football is in mourning at the passing of the former UEFA General Secretary and CEO of UEFA Events SA, David Taylor, who died on Tuesday at the age of 60.

David Taylor joined UEFA in June 2007 after being appointed as the European body’s General Secretary. He had previously held the posts of chief executive and secretary of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) since August 1999.

Born in Forfar, Scotland, on 14 March 1954, David Taylor was educated at Dundee High School before graduating from Edinburgh University with an LLB degree in law. He qualified as a solicitor and practised until 1985, during which time he added to his legal qualifications with an MSc in Economics, and an MBA. He joined the Scottish Development Agency in 1985, and held a succession of senior positions before being appointed the first director of Scottish Trade International, a body set up to promote Scottish business overseas. Eventually, he would go on to make his mark in Scottish and European football.

A fervent football fan, and a long-standing member of the Scotland Supporters Club, David Taylor watched his country at five FIFA World Cup finals since the 1960s. He played football at amateur and semi-professional level, the highlight of his career being a West of Scotland Amateur Cup win at Hampden Park, Glasgow. He was also a qualified SFA coach.

A respected member of UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body from 2002 to 2007, David Taylor served UEFA as General Secretary from June 2007 to October 2009, before taking over as CEO of the UEFA Events SA company, and he went on to act as adviser on corporate business affairs to the European body. Among his roles, he also served as chairman of the board of UEFA Media Technologies SA, and was appointed as a board member of UEFA’s long-standing marketing partners TEAM in 2013.

“Together with the European football family, I am deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing,” said UEFA President Michel Platini in paying tribute. “He was an invaluable addition to UEFA when he first joined us as General Secretary, and brought us considerable experience and wisdom as a football administrator of the highest calibre. In addition, he gave us his boundless enthusiasm as a lover of football, who adored the game and enjoyed many memorable moments following Scotland’s fortunes.

“We will all greatly miss his outstanding professional competence, as well as his countless qualities as a colleague and a person. On behalf of the European football community, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to David’s wife Cathy, and their children James and Alan.”

“David was a solicitor to trade, but it was his love of Scottish football and, in particular, the Scotland national team that stirred his passion during his tenure as chief executive,” said SFA president Campbell Ogilivie.

“He was great company, had an astute business mind and a forward-thinking approach to the game that, allied to his patriotism as a member of the Scotland Supporters Club, helped take the Scottish FA forward administratively.

“It was no surprise to any of us who witnessed his work at close hand when UEFA came calling for his services as General Secretary in 2007. He has remained a friend and supporter of the Scottish FA and the game in general in this country, and he will be dearly missed by all of us !!!!

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Apple Might Finally Solve Photo Storage Hell

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Editors Note:Brenden Mulligan is a co-founder and designer at Cluster, a web and mobile app which enables users to create private social networks around interests and experiences. 

We take a bazillion photos with our phones and digital cameras. The digital images mostly just sit, clogging up our hard drive(s). This has been a problem for as long as digital photography has existed and it’s getting worse. Camera resolutions are getting bigger and with it, the file sizes of our digital photos are growing.

Although many companies have taken a crack at this problem, I think Apple’s upcoming iCloud Photo Library could be the perfect solution — if they do it right.

Photo storage is still a mess

I currently have a 100GB iPhoto library on my Macbook Air’s 250GB hard drive. I look at the photos approximately never. But I’m not going to delete them. They’re my memories, and even…

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WORLD : Bergdahl expected back in the U.S. on Friday “

Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who has been recuperating in Germany after being released from five years of Taliban captivity, is scheduled to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas on Friday, a defense official said.

The official, who spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the plan has not been publicly announced, declined to provide details. Officials had previously said the intention was for Bergdahl to be reunited with his family at Brooke and to spend an undetermined period there in further recuperation.

Officials have kept a lid on details of Bergdahl’s condition and his travel plans out of concern that he not be rushed back into the public spotlight after a lengthy period in captivity and amid a public uproar over the circumstances of his capture and release.

Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 and has been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since June 1.

He was deployed in eastern Afghanistan when he disappeared in June 2009.

Many have criticized the Obama administration for agreeing to release five Taliban prisoners from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl. Some of Bergdahl’s former Army colleagues have accused him of deserting his post.

Republicans and Democrats questioned the wisdom of releasing the five Taliban members, saying they could return to the battlefield. Administration officials have told Congress that four of the five Taliban officials will likely rejoin the fight.

In congressional testimony Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called the former Taliban government officials “enemy belligerents” but said they hadn’t been implicated in any attacks against the United States. He said Qatar, which has promised to keep the five inside the country for a year, promised sufficient security measures to warrant making the swap for Bergdahl.

Hagel also said Bergdahl was early in the process of recovering from the trauma of captivity. He said that process began with his arrival at Landstuhl on June 1.

“He’s being held there because our medical professionals don’t believe he’s ready. … This isn’t just about a physical situation,” Hagel said. “This guy was held for almost five years in God knows what kind of conditions. … This is not just about can he get on his feet and walk and get to a plane.”

Bergdahl has not made any public comment since his release, and Pentagon officials say there is no timeline for arranging his initial contact with the news media !!

WORLD : A look at the U.S. presence in Iraq “

The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is the largest in the world, but America’s presence in Iraq has been shrinking. Some questions and answers about America’s role in Iraq, where the U.S. military fought an eight-year war that ousted President Saddam Hussein and cost hundreds of billions of dollars and more than 4,400 U.S. lives:

Q. How many U.S. troops are in Iraq?

A. There have not been any American combat forces in Iraq since the U.S. military mission ended in December 2011. There are a little over 100 U.S. military personnel in a section of the U.S. Embassy that coordinates U.S. foreign military sales to Iraq. It is called the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq and is headed by Army Lt. Gen. John M. Bednarek. That office is at the forefront of U.S. efforts to help the Iraqi government further develop its security forces. More than 100 U.S. Marines provide security at the embassy.

Q. Do U.S. troops still train Iraqi forces in the field?

A. No. The Obama administration had proposed providing troops for that purpose before the U.S. departure in 2011, but Baghdad rejected Washington’s insistence that its troops be granted immunity for prosecution while in the country. So what remained after 2011 was the small group that is coordinating security assistance. One of the largest training missions was based at the air base in the city of Balad, about an hour northwest of Baghdad, where three planeloads of Americans were evacuated this week as insurgents worked their way toward Baghdad.

Q. How big is the U.S. Embassy?

A. There are roughly 5,000 U.S. personnel in the embassy, making it the largest U.S. diplomatic post in the world. Until the recent burst of insurgent violence, the Obama administration had been planning to reduce the size of the embassy. At this point, it’s unclear whether that plan will be carried out, speeded up, or scrapped.

Q. Does the U.S. have a presence in Iraq outside of Baghdad?

A. Yes, the State Department has consulates in three cities: Basra in the Shiite-dominated south; Irbil in the Kurdish semi-autonomous region in northeastern Iraq; and Kirkuk, long-disputed between Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen.

Q. Are there U.S. military contractors in Iraq?

A. No. As of Dec. 15, 2013, all American contractors helping familiarize and train Iraqis with weapons and other military equipment purchased from the U.S. are working under Iraqi government contract. Previously they had been Pentagon contractors, but that changed when the Iraqi government took final control of the last of several sites where the contractors have been providing a range of military sales support and training.

Q. What kind of weapons are the Iraqis buying from the U.S.?

A. The biggest of the big-ticket items is the F-16 fighter. Iraq is buying 36 of them for $3 billion. It took official possession of the first plane at a ceremony this month at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas, but none of the planes have yet arrived in Iraq. The U.S. also has recently sold a variety of high-end equipment, including hundreds of Hellfire air-to-ground missiles, tank ammunition, grenades, rifles and other weaponry. The Pentagon recently notified Congress of plans to sell an additional $1 billion in military equipment to Iraq.

Q. How much aid has the U.S. provided to Iraq over the years?

A. According to the bipartisan Congressional Research Service, the U.S. has provided about $56 billion in assistance since the U.S. invasion in 2003. That consists mainly of $21 billion in “relief and reconstruction” funds and $20 billion for the equipping and training of Iraqi security forces. That is separate from the cost of fighting the war. Also, on Friday the State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the U.S. is sending about $12 million in humanitarian aid to help nearly a million Iraqis who have been forced from their homes by recent fighting!!