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Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:37:12 PM »
The strike followed U.S. confirmation that Iranian proxies in Yemen had tried to shoot down another American drone that was surveilling two cargo ships that were disabled by some sort of explosion a week ago. Top U.S. officials at the White House, Pentagon and State Department affirm that Iran was solely behind the attack, deploying operatives who placed limpet mines on the ships while they were transiting the Strait of Hormuz, a key shipping lane near Iranian waters.

Yemen's Houthi rebels, backed by Iran, successfully shot down another U.S. drone the week before.

Senior members of Congress have expressed concern that the Trump administration may preemptively attack Iran under congressional authorization from 2001 that allowed the U.S. to pursue the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks and their associates. Top Trump officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have insisted in recent weeks that Tehran is coordinating with al-Qaida leaders.

The Trump administration's top envoy to Iran, Special Representative Brian Hook, on Wednesday refused to answer questions from a special meeting of the House Foreign Affairs Committee regarding whether the Trump administration believed it has such authority.

"If the use of military force is necessary to defend U.S. national security interests, we will do everything we need to do," Hook said.

It was not immediately clear Thursday morning whether the U.S. considered Iran's shooting down its drone as a threat to its national security interests.

Analysts last week said suspicion that the Iranian military carried out the attacks on the cargo ships – rather than farming the job out to a proxy group and granting Tehran deniability – served as evidence that the Trump administration's pressure campaign has forced Iran to act with greater desperation.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:36:30 PM »
Top officials from each country have stated they do not intend to start a war. But both the U.S. and Iran have increasingly turned to military options in response to a string of contentious incidents in recent days, sparking fears that a military escalation following an incident like Thursday's could prove inevitable.

Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, said shooting down the American drone should serve as a warning that the U.S. should "stay away," Iranian state media reported Thursday morning.

"Borders are our red lines and any enemy which violates them will not go back home and will be annihilated. The only way for enemies is to respect Iran's territorial integrity and national interests," Salami said. "We declare that we do not want war with any country but we are fully ready for war and the [incident today] was a clear instance of this precise message."

In an unprecedented move, Iran said earlier this week it plans to break from the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which analysts considered a threat it would pursue nuclear weapons if the U.S. did not dial back its sanctions regime.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:35:27 PM »
Iran shot down a U.S. drone near Iranian airspace in what Tehran calls a "clear message" to the U.S. that it will respond to what it perceives as acts of aggression.

U.S. Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East, confirmed the incident early Thursday, saying an Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down the unarmed RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone. The headquarters disputed as "false" Iranian claims that the drone was operating in Iranian airspace.

"This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace," Navy Capt. Bill Urban, a spokesman for the command, said in a statement.

The incident comes at a time of particularly high tensions between Washington and Tehran, following U.S. claims that Iran as of last month presents new and dangerous threats to Americans and their allies in the region. The Trump administration has unilaterally withdrawn itself from the 2015 agreement restricting Iran's nuclear capabilities but also limiting America's ability to impose harsh sanctions, and followed through with what it considers a "maximum pressure campaign" against the Iranian regime.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:33:26 PM »
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Iran's Revolutionary Guard commander Gen. Hossein Salami, said shooting down the American drone should
serve as a warning that the U.S. should “stay away,” Iranian state media reported Thursday morning

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:31:19 PM »
WASHINGTON (AP) — THE Latest on the United States and Iran

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the U.S. cannot be "reckless" amid rising tensions with Iran.

Pelosi said Thursday she doesn't think President Donald Trump wants to go to war. And she said the American people don't want war either.

"There's no appetite for going to war in our country," she said.

The country needs to be "strong and strategic" about protecting its interests, Pelosi said, and "cannot be reckless."

Pelosi called a caucus-wide meeting of Democrats for later Thursday on Iran. House and Senate leadership will also be briefed by administration officials.

Tensions between Tehran and Washington have been rising over the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. On Thursday Iran's Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. surveillance drone.

President Donald Trump declared Thursday that "Iran made a very big mistake" in shooting down a U.S. drone.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump was briefed Wednesday night and again Thursday morning about the incident. She says the administration also will keep in touch with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Trump made his comment on Twitter in midmorning.

American and Iranian officials are disputing the circumstances of the incident.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it shot down the drone over Iranian airspace. The U.S. military is calling the downing an "unprovoked attack" and said it occurred over international airspace in the Strait of Hormuz.

Talk of the Town / Re: WW3 US vs Iran
« on: June 20, 2019, 11:28:13 PM »
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In this June 13, 2019 file photo, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., speaks
during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Inspiration & Hope / Re: Ecclesiastes
« on: June 20, 2019, 12:04:04 AM »
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Nostalgia is a mirage. In the present, you notice only the bad and overlook the good, and
with time, you forget the bad and exaggerate the good, so that the past always seems better.
It is wiser to learn how to see the good right now, than to long for days gone by.

Inspiration & Hope / Re: Ecclesiastes
« on: June 20, 2019, 12:02:04 AM »
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Don’t overthink things, or you won’t get anything done.

Inspiration & Hope / Re: Ecclesiastes
« on: June 19, 2019, 11:52:11 PM »
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Don't trouble yourself with public opinion of you, or take offense at others’ dislike of
you. And don’t feel superior to them- you've gossiped just the same.

Inspiration & Hope / Re: Ecclesiastes
« on: June 19, 2019, 02:29:28 PM »
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Whatever you do, you must do for reasons that are true to yourself, and not
out of a desire to best your peers.

Inspiration & Hope / Ecclesiastes
« on: June 18, 2019, 09:38:33 PM »
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If something seems novel and revolutionary to us, it is only because our perspective
is narrow, and we cannot see how the pattern repeats itself. Nothing has value simply
by virtue of being “new”.

Showbiz & Celebrity / Re: Jake Cuenca and Kylie Versoza
« on: June 18, 2019, 02:24:20 AM »
Now, he believes he’s ready to love again.

“I’m so happy I met her (Kylie) at this point in my life. I’m more mature when it comes to relationships. I’m more disciplined and I know I can take care of her,” he said. “I work hard every day, because I want to deserve her every day.”

While Jake is upfront about his feelings for Kylie, the model-turned-actress is more reticent. But that’s understandable, he said. “This is something new to her,” he pointed out. “If we were to confirm our [relationship status], I would rather do it by her side.”

In “KontrAdiksyon”—produced by Bell Films and directed by Palanca Award-winner Njel de Mesa—Jake plays Alexis Borlaza, a human rights activist whose family gets brutally murdered by drug addicts.

Realizing that the drug problem in the country isn’t as simple as it seems, Alexis later enlists as an undercover agent for the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency. But unknown to his colleagues, he also works as a vigilante by night.

Given the movie’s central theme, what is Jake’s thoughts on President Duterte’s war on drugs?

“I don’t have so much of an opinion—I don’t want to sound hypocritical because I didn’t vote. I didn’t get to add anything to the cause and I didn’t take anything away,” he said. “This is the administration leading our country—there are still a few years left—I think we should follow the rules.”

His character, Jake added, doesn’t necessarily reflect his personal beliefs. “I leave Jake Cuenca at home. There’s no Jake Cuenca on the set.”

On his thoughts about being part of a potentially controversial or polarizing film, Jake doesn’t seem to be too worried about the possible negative feedback.

“In the United States, do they think about the repercussions when they do a movie like ‘John Wick’ … or ‘J. Edgar’? Do they think about the controversy that may come about? No, they just want to be honest with their films,” he said. “All I thought about was I wanted to do the film after reading the script.”

Showbiz & Celebrity / Re: Jake Cuenca and Kylie Versoza
« on: June 18, 2019, 02:23:23 AM »
Jake Cuenca is often seen and photographed being cozy with former beauty queen Kylie Verzosa, but the actor still wouldn’t “officially” confirm that they’re already in a relationship.

One thing’s for sure though: “This is the happiest I have ever been.”

“I’m very open about how I feel. And I do love her from the bottom of my heart—mahal na mahal ko siya,” he told reporters at a recent press conference for “KontrAdiksyon,” an upcoming drama-action film that centers on the war on drugs.

Kylie first caught Jake’s attention in 2017, while shooting the action-fantasy flick “Ang Panday.”

“The first time I saw her, I was already sort of crushing on her. But obviously, she was still in a relationship at that time,” he related. “But I thought, maybe we will get to work together again.”

True enough, the two ended up being paired together for the drama series “Los Bastardos”—this time, without hitches. “She’s such an amazing person,” he said of the Miss International 2016 titleholder, whom he has been dating for seven months. “Her being a beauty queen goes beyond her looks. She’s amazing inside and out.”

After his breakup with model Sara Grace Kelley in 2016, the 31-year-old hunk vowed to focus his energy on improving himself as an actor. And he did. For the next two years, he underwent workshops, did a handful of shows, and even dabbled in theater acting.

Showbiz & Celebrity / Jake Cuenca and Kylie Versoza
« on: June 18, 2019, 02:22:49 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: Lebron plus Davis
« on: June 18, 2019, 01:20:59 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: Lebron plus Davis
« on: June 18, 2019, 01:12:48 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: Lebron plus Davis
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:05:03 AM »
Well, it finally happened. After months of speculation, some of the most contentious and public trade negotiations the NBA has ever seen and changes at the top of both team’s management structure, Anthony Davis has finally gotten his wish and will join LeBron James on the Los Angeles Lakers, with L.A. sending Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three future first-round picks to to David Griffin and the New Orleans Pelicans in return.

Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: Lebron plus Davis
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:04:04 AM »
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Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: Lebron plus Davis
« on: June 17, 2019, 05:01:00 AM »
kandidato na pod nga ma champion ang lakers kay naa na may sidekick si james

Basketball | NBA-PBA / Re: Lebron plus Davis
« on: June 17, 2019, 04:59:47 AM »
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