VILNIUS, Lithuania —Armed with $1 Billion vouchers, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Europe courting international support for a possible U.S. military strike on Syria for alleged use of chemical weapons.
Kerry, the Obama administration’s chief salesman for a U.S. punitive strike, will meet Saturday with European officials about the Syrian crisis and update them on ongoing peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
President Barack Obama decided last weekend to postpone any military action and seek the backing of Congress before proceeding to violate the United Nations Charter.
The administration is running out of options for gaining support. A favorable Congressional vote is doubtful. U.S. Allies have not aligned with the U.S. The G20 leaders were lukewarm. The U.N. Secretary General is opposed. Polls show 6 in 10 Americans do not support the strike.
“This is our last straw ” Kerry said. “Any country that will support our planned military strike will get $1 Billion in U.S. aid, provided they sign on within the next 3 days. U.S. credibility is what’s at stake here, ” he added.
Asked by The Adobo Chronicles where the funds will come from, Kerry replied, “Oh, it’s part of the little-known presidential pork barrel. We have not touched it in 5 years. The time has come.”
Tokyo, Japan – Six top international inventions for 2013 were awarded this year’s Kyoto Prize in ceremonies held at the Royal Palace in Tokyo this weekend. The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. The prize is presented annually in each of the following three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy.
The winning inventions were awarded the golden medals under the category of Basic Sciences. Each award comes with $500,000 cash prize.
The winners and countries represented were: Ctrl+Alt+Del Wand (Philippines), Runny Nose Portable Tissue Dispenser (Japan), Swiss Army Shovel (Mexico), Noodle Soup Chopstick Fan (China), Steering Wheel Snack Tray (Germany) and Wind-powered Clothes Drier (Venezuela).
The panel of international judges noted that this year’s awardees represent the cream of the crop among the most useful, innovative, inexpensive and brilliant inventions the Kyoto Prize has seen in decades.
Manila, Philippines – Facebook users around the world have long clamored for a “dislike” button on their newsfeeds, but Facebook has so far refused to give in for reasons that only Mark Zuckerberg and his closest cohorts would know. Well, until now.
In an unprecedented move, Facebook officially launched the “dislike” or “thumbs down” button. The button started appearing in Facebook posts, newsfeeds and timelines as of today, but only in the Philippines.
The launch coincides with today’s Million March in Manila, a “people power” type of assembly at Luneta Park to demand the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), more popularly known as pork barrel. Recent exposés in the media point to a massive scam whereby pork barrel funds were channeled to fake non-governmental organizations and ended up in the pockets of pork barrel queen Janet Lim-Napoles and members of the Philippine Congress.
The new “dislike” button was designed by an unnamed Filipino American employee of Facebook and features a unique graphic that merges a thumb in the down position and the head of a pig which Facebook says represents dislike for pork barrel.
Facebook has not indicated whether or not the new “dislike” button will eventually be rolled out to all Facebook users around the globe.