Which candidate should be US president in 2012?
"ProCon.org has researched the US presidential candidates and their views on 61 issues including abortion, bailouts, education, medical marijuana, and taxes.
Read our simple, nonpartisan, pro-con presentations and decide for yourself: "Which candidate should be US president in 2012?"
Playing London's Games
"Olympic Park will be the center of the action for many events in the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Once industrial land, the plot in East London has been converted into green space and is home to eight sporting venues."
London 2012: The importance of Olympic timekeeping
"Olympic timekeepers Omega are unveiling the latest technology that will be used at the London 2012 Games.
It can monitor athletes' performance to the nearest one thousandth of a second.
How does it work, and how can athletes make every instant count as they go for gold?" (BBC)
Olympic hat-trick "1908, 1948 and 2012 - London's three Games compared.
London is about to stage its third modern Olympics - the only city to do so - but its seeds were sown
in the controversial, yet defining, 1908 Games and the austere, post-war Games of 1948. So, how do they compare?"
Le village olympique
"rassemble 2.818 appartements destinés aux 10.490 athlètes inscrits et leurs équipes, soit onze résidences dédiées aux sportifs.
Ces installations s'étendent sur plus de 250.000m2 au total."
London Olympics: Lord Coe's astonishing sponsors outburst- 21 July 2012 "HEAVY-HANDED security chiefs will ban Olympic spectators for wearing the wrong brand of clothes, it emerged yesterday.
Games boss Sebation Coe warned anyone wearing a Pepsi T-shirt is likely to be booted out because it would upset sponsors Coca-Cola..."
12 killed in Batman shooting in U.S.( July 21, 2012) - a lesson plan with audio
"A gunman killed 12 people and wounded 59 at a Colorado cinema early Friday morning.
Police apprehended the killer and identified him as James Eagan Holmes, 24, a former neuroscience PhD student."
Batman Shooting Cartoon Collection
"The Cagle Post has added several more cartoons to its collection on the so-called Batman shooting in Aurora, Colorado.
This one is by Rick McKee, staff cartoonist at The Augusta Chronicle. You can see more of Rick's cartoons here..." + COMMENT + LANGUAGE POINTS
Cartoon: Aurora Shooting
"American cartoonists have been quick to respond to the terrible massacre at a screening of the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado.
This one by Milt Priggee, a freelance editorial cartoonist from northwest Washington State, lays the blame squarely
on the NRA (National Rifle Association), the American gun lobby organization..."
Viewpoint: America's gun control impasse - 20 July 2012
"The shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, has reignited the debate over gun rights in America.
But, argues Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative, the arguments on both sides say little, and accomplish even less..." + VIDEO : Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates: "Mr Holmes was apprehended outside... with three weapons." + Aurora shootings
London 2012 Olympics Infographic "Discover the facts and figures behind the London 2012 Olympics.
Explore amazing Olympic facts with our London 2012 infographic - all the important 2012 Olympics facts and figures,
including sports, Olympic venues and competitors."
Cartoon: Army on Standby
"An extra 1,200 troops have been put on standby to protect the Olympics as the fallout continues from the G4S fiasco.
Defence chiefs yesterday placed the servicemen and women – some recently back from Afghanistan – on 48 hours notice to work as guards at London 2012." Full story >> + THE CARTOON + LINKS
Blackie & Kanuto (2012)
is an "animated comedy adventure film directed by Francis Nielsen...
The production was presented at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2012. PLOT : "Blackie is a black sheep. She lives, flawed and proud, on a farm where she is famous for combining everything.
But this is not enough for Blackie: the sheep gets into her head to want to go to the moon.
And so the adventure has began, an adventure where Blackie, accompanied by Kanuto, the sheepdog in love with the sheep,
will meet many curious characters, as two birds known for the singing tv reality show from which they come,
an opera-singing cow and a fashion designer wolf with a high level of fashion.
Blackie wants to realize her goal, Kanuto doesn’t even want to hear about rockets..." (Wikipedia)
Olympics 2012: Athletes in training
"In just over a week, the years, months, days, and minutes athletes have spent training will be put on display.
The 10,000 competitors who will be vying for medals in 26 different sports have begun arriving in London.
Here’s a look at many of those athletes competing for a spot in the upcoming Games, which run from July 27 to Aug. 12. -- Lloyd Young (35 photos total)"
Brandalism artworks- a slideshow
"The Brandalism project saw 25 artists from 8 countries coming together for the biggest subvertising campaign in UK history.
Over five days a team of guerilla installers travelled to Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and London
and put up artworks that seeks to confront the ad industry and take back our visual landscapes..."
What is brandalism ?
1. "The creeping corporatisation of schools, libraries and other public buildings, which are gradually being daubed with company logos and slogans.
Coined by graffiti artist Banksy, and expounded on in his book "Wall and Piece"
2. When luxury brands become debased, by their vulgar consumers.
3. Counterculture and often illegal activities to promote a brand such as the act of placing unwanted advertisements
and brand logos on property without proper permission."
+ Examples (urbandictionary.com)
Calls to Punish Bad Language in Football (15th July, 2012) - a lesson plan with audio
"There are calls from top officials in British football to clamp down on the use of bad language in the game."
Texas executes Yokamon Hearn with pentobarbitol- 19 July 2012
"The US state of Texas has executed its first death row inmate with a single lethal injection of the sedative pentobarbital.
Yokamon Hearn, 33, was convicted for the carjacking and murder of a Dallas stockbroker in 1998.
Hearn is the sixth inmate to be killed this year in Texas, but the first after the state stopped using a cocktail of three lethal drugs for executions..."
Cartoon: On Your Marks ...
"This cartoon by Paul Thomas from The Daily Express relates to news that the army has been asked to provide up to 3,500 extra troops to guard
the London Olympics, due to the fact that private security firm G4S will be unable to deliver the number of staff it promised." Read more >> + NOTE + QUESTION + LINKS
50 olympic athletes to watch
"From Qatar to South Africa, Russia to the U.S., TIME takes you around the globe
to meet the extraordinary men and women you’ll be seeing this summer at the London Games."
Some People Go to Extremes to Lose Weight - AUDIO + SCRIPT "Read, listen and learn English with this story. Double-click on any word to find the definition in the Merriam-Webster Learner's Dictionary."
Olympic Security CEO Admits "Shambles" (18th July, 2012) - a lesson plan with audio
"The CEO of the company that is providing security for the London Olympics has agreed the current situation is nothing but a ''humiliating shambles''."