Have we ever had a more fatuous Secretary of State than John Kerry? Updated.

nicochan3:

Be care about him!

Originally posted on Public Secrets:

We're doomed.

We’re doomed.

Really, all that seems able to come out of that mouth of his is an endless stream of meaningless blather that would make Sir Humphrey Appleby proud.

Courtesy of Hot Air, this is what Kerry had to say about the Ukraine crisis yesterday:

Secretary of State John Kerry said that “all options are on the table” when it comes to steps the U.S. can take to hold Russia accountable for its military movements in Ukraine, including economic sanctions and potentially military action.

In an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos today on “This Week,” Kerry said Russian troops moving into the Ukrainian region of Crimea was “a military act of aggression” and that the U.S. will move swiftly to impose penalties if Russian President Vladimir Putin does not withdraw his troops.

While military force is among the options President Barack Obama is considering, Kerry said the U.S. and…

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Verona

nicochan3:

I would like Italian fluent folks as a full epiload.

Originally posted on What if... Maybe.. I should.:

Next stop: Verona, the city of love!

Just like Torino, I really wouldn’t be able to tell you much about this city. Still didn’t hear the tour guides properly. But what I can tell you is that this city is such a beauty.

Verona is a small town in northeast Italy. It is one of the main tourist destinations in Italy. The city was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its urban structure and architecture. Of course, all this I know with the help of my friend Wikipedia.

It is where Romeo and Juliet was shot, hence, it is home to the famous balcony. A golden statue of Juliet stands by the area where the balcony was, and the belief is,  if you caress Juliet’s breasts, you will have good luck in marriage for the rest of your life.

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Beijing revisited

Originally posted on Russell McKinnon's Travels:

RussBeijing2013_0265The Olympic City. Five years on.

In 2008 I was stationed in a hotel not far from the Olympic Hub for a week or so before being ostracised to the outer rim of the city in the Media Village, having to take a train into our work zone between the third and fourth ring roads.

Today I am staying at the Marco Polo Parkside, just two kilometres from that original hotel and only 10 minutes (on a good day) to the Water Cube, which will be our home for six days from tomorrow.

This was a vibrant, bustling Olympic city and today, five years on, it still looks like an Olympic City.

The Bird’s Nest (Olympic Stadium), the National Indoor Stadium (Basketball among other sports), the International Broadcast Centre (today hosting a trade fair in its vast chasm), the Main Press Centre, now a hotel, are all clustered around the…

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