Jihad Olympics: Sochi’s Terror Problem
Islamic extremists in Russia want to blow up the Sochi Winter Olympics. They’ve already succeeded in terrorizing a city 600 miles away with three separate suicide attacks, and more than 40 people have died since the end of October. Russia’s jihadists come from loosely affiliated cells modeled on al Qaeda, and their goal is the creation of an Islamic emirate in the southern part of the country. Their dream state would also include Sochi itself.
Russia has earned high marks for making the security at the games unobtrusive and, so far, effective. But security experts are warning that the Islamists could recalculate and start to target easier-to-hit cities around the country during the 2014 Winter Games. VICE News sent Simon Ostrovsky to the most dangerous region in Europe to find out how serious the threat to the Olympics and Russia actually is.
Kickin’ it with @cushnieetochs #nyfw #bgfw | Photo by @lindafargo (at Milk Studios)
Happy Friday! Eat well!
Early bird gets the worm, #sunrise over #BatteryPark #Goodmorning #NewYork #colorful #amazing 7am (at Pier 34)
Launching today in the iTunes App Store: Beats Music
Hoping to replicate its headphones success in the streaming market, Beats is positioning its service—which will take on the likes of Spotify, Google, Apple, and others—as the one that understands users’ emotions, offering the best of human curation and computer algorithm.
Steve McQueen and Brad Pitt at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
Hard to believe a man as attractive as Brad Pitt could find a hair cut that’s unflattering, but somehow he did it.
Closing Time for the Open Internet
Net neutrality, the “Magna Carta of the Web,” allows content providers to reach users without being blocked or harassed by Internet carriers. What happens when this policy can no longer be enforced? http://nyr.kr/1eJYzxf
Photograph: Photograph by Dan Winters.
I decided to some adult stuff during the mid-day and this is what I found while reading my emails: