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I don't know the back-story behind these dog and meerkat besties, and I think I'm okay with that. Just 22 seconds of weird, wonderful interspecies cuddling bliss.
BuzzFeed's resident web pioneer, Ze Frank, tackles the important questions like “whose ears are bigger?” Period. Period.
The U.S. Department of State released this transcript of a senior State Department Official's background briefing on the attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
September 12, 2012. A U.S. flag is seen at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
"All right. Let me proceed. I’m going to give you as much information as possible about the events of that night, but I am going to start with a scene-setter.
So let me set the stage. On April 5th, 2011, a small Department of State team headed by Chris Stevens arrives by chartered boat in Benghazi. They set up shop in a hotel. This is at a time when Benghazi was liberated, Qadhafi was still in power in Tripoli, the war was going on, our Ambassador had been expelled from Tripoli by Qadhafi, the Embassy staff had been evacuated because it was unsafe. So Chris Stevens coming back into Benghazi – coming into Benghazi on April 5th, 2011, is the only U.S. Government people in Libya at this time.
They set up shop in a hotel, as I mentioned. A few weeks later in June, a bomb explodes in the parking lot in front of the hotel. The group in Benghazi makes a decision to move to a new location. They move to a couple of places, and by August they settle on a large compound which is where the actual activity on 9/11 took place. So they’re in a large compound, where they remain.
The compound is roughly 300 yards long – that’s three football fields long – and a hundred yards wide. We need that much room to provide the best possible setback against car bombs. Over the next few months, physical security at the compound is strengthened. The outer wall is upgraded, its height is increased to nine feet.It is topped by three feet of barbed wire and concertina wire all around the huge property. External lighting is increased. Jersey barriers, which are big concrete blocks, are installed outside and inside the gate. Steel drop bars are added at the gates to control vehicle access and to provide some anti-ram protection. The buildings on the compound itself were strengthened.
The compound has four buildings on it, and you guys are going to have to get used to this, because I refer them to – as Building C, Building B, Tactical Operations Center, and a barracks. So Building C is a building that is essentially a large residence. It has numerous bedrooms and it is – it has a safe haven installed in it, and I’ll talk more about that in a minute. Building C ultimately is the building that the Ambassador was in, so keep that in your heads.
Building B is another residence on the compound. It has bedrooms and it has a cantina. That’s where the folks dine. The Tactical Operations Center, which is just across the way from Building B, has offices and a bedroom. That’s where the security officers had their main setup, that’s where the security cameras are, a lot of the phones – it’s basically their operations center. So I’ll call it the TOC from now on.
And then there was a barracks. The barracks is a small house by the front gate, the main gate of the compound. In that barracks is a Libyan security force which I’ll describe in a minute. Security on the compound consists of five Diplomatic Security special agents and four members of the Libyan Government security force, which I will henceforth call the 17th February Brigade. It is a militia, a friendly militia, which has basically been deputized by the Libyan Government to serve as our security, our host government security. In addition to all those, there is an additional security force at another U.S. compound two kilometers away. It serves as a rapid reaction force, a quick reaction security team – a quick reaction security team, okay?
Now we’re on the day of, and before I go into this discussion of the day of the events of 9/11, I’m going to be – I want to be clear to you all. I am giving you this – you my best shot on this one. I am giving you what I know. I am giving it to you in as much granularity as I possibly can. This is still, however, under investigation. There are other facts to be known, but I think I’m going to be able to give you quite a lot, as far as I know it. I have talked to the – to almost all the agents that were involved, as well as other people."
September 11, 2012. The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames.
"Okay. The Ambassador has arrived in Benghazi on the 10th of September. He does meetings both on the compound and off the compound on that day, spends the night. The next day is 9/11. He has all his – because it is 9/11, out of prudence, he has all his meetings on the compound. He receives a succession of visitors during the day.
About 7:30 in the evening, he has his last meeting. It is with a Turkish diplomat. And at – when the meeting is over, at 8:30 – he has all these meetings, by the way, in what I call Building C – when the meeting is over, he escorts the Turkish diplomat to the main gate. There is an agent there with them. They say goodbye. They’re out in a street in front of the compound. Everything is calm at 8:30 p.m. There’s nothing unusual. There has been nothing unusual during the day at all outside.
After he sees the Turkish diplomat off, the Ambassador returns to Building C, where the information management officer – his name is Sean Smith, and who is one of the victims – the information management officer – I’ll just call him Sean from now on, on this call – and four other – four Diplomatic Security agents are all at Building C. One Diplomatic Security agent is in the TOC, the Tactical Operations Center. All of these agents have their side arms."
Lybia Tesselatta , the boxer crab, is also known as the pom pom crab. It is a sassy little thing.
Do you guys think if I get a jar and put some toys in it, a kitten will grow inside?
Auto-tune might be annoying in actual music, but it makes the stuff politicians say sound a lot cooler.
Greg Zenas had never played varsity soccer before, even though he has been team manager for the Dexter, Michigan high school for the last six years. On October 4, his team and coach Scott Forrester surprised him with the opportunity to play.
Zenas didn't know he was going to play until his coach handed him a brown paper bag with his cleats and shin guards.
When he was announced over the P.A. system, the crowd went crazy and kept cheering for Zenas, No. 17, throughout the game.
He had several touches, including some near the opposing team's goal, and played for over half the game.
“He feels like he’s one of them,” said his mom, Julie Zenas. “He has for the last six years, but I think it’s the sense of accomplishment, of being out there.”
While it's true that some “nerd tattoos” are getting super old , if you get something original and true to yourself, it could be as awesome as these.
Superman Chest Tattoo
A 3D Robot
By Tuula joka piirtää (Tuula the one that draws) at Joker The Tattoo Shop in Turku, Finland.
Nikola Tesla Wrestling Kraken
By Perry Stratton at Splash of Color in East Lansing, Michigan.
By Dan Henk.
Tori is paralyzed in her back legs and uses a wheelchair to get around, but that doesn't stop her from enjoying adventures on the trails, trying skiing, and helping her mom with yardwork. If this little pup doesn't make you smile, I don't know what will.
Tori rakes the leaves
Tori loves Michigan
Tori tries skiing
LINK: H/T: The Presurfer
This happened fast! 1:350 scale.
“Actually…” is a new anti-Romney video series featuring monologues written and performed by celebrities, beginning with Rosie Perez addressing Romney's comments – from the 47% video – that he would have an easier time being elected if he was latino. The group behind the series, the Jewish Council for Education and Research, says the videos will address “Romney's most outrageous lies and most out-of-touch statements.”
Artist Chey Chao created these epic Star Wars illustrations for a school project. Neat.
Mornings are hard, but spending them with your loved ones makes them bearable. Via the always reliable Cute Overload .
The National Aquarium is holding a naming contest for their new baby sloth. You can submit your suggestion here and then voting on the final four chosen will begin on November 2nd.
An informative video about little slothy
And some inspirational photographs...
Is my name Kevin?
Or is it Henrietta?
Or is its name Cutey McCuterson?
The weddings of strangers are always fun to look at – whether you're planning a wedding yourself, throwing a party, or just daydreamin'. All of these examples are from real couples who found unique ways to imbue their wedding day with personality and love.
Adorable hand-drawn illustration invitation.
Save the date, invitation, coasters, and mix CD all designed by the groom.
A program featuring sketches and bios of the bridal party
Happy Pit Bull Awareness Month! P.S. Are you in love with pit bulls now? Adopt .
Sandeep “Sunny” Singh was “heartbroken” when his girlfriend broke up with him, but he thinks he'll be fine now. The only thing he can think of to do with the money is pay off his mom's mortgage and maybe go back to school, he put in his two weeks notice at Best Buy, and, if you close your eyes, he sounds exactly like Jesse Pinkman.
Q: "What was your life like before this?"
Sunny: "[I] Live in Hyannis, MA, work at Best Buy and Citizen's Bank, help my mom bills. Yeah. That's pretty much it."
The Amboseli Trust for Elephants came across an elephant calf who was stranded in a well in Kenya and saved him by scaring his mother a safe distance away and then pulling him out using ropes affixed to their truck. After that part, you will start crying uncontrollably at your desk.
Whoever chose the music for this closing segment must be an expert tear-inducer.