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Jordan’s keeping its foot on the gas. A couple days after the brutal murder of one of their pilots was made public, Jordan continues to pummel ISIS from the air. They have executed 2 Al Qaeda-linked prisoners and conducted several airstrikes, ramped up significantly from their involvement before.
The country’s foreign minister said:
“We’re going after them … with everything that we have.”
This bold action has caused politicians and media figures in the U.S. to ask if we should be doing more.
ISIS Selling, Enslaving Kids
A new U.N. report claims that ISIS is stepping up the use of children. They are reportedly selling Iraqi children as slaves and even using mentally challenged children as suicide bombers.
Renate Winter, an expert with the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child, said:
“We have had reports of children, especially children that are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding what has happened or what they have to expect.”
Rescue crews are still searching for nine missing people from this week’s TransAsia crash in Taipei. Of the 58 onboard, 34 have been confirmed dead, 15 survived, and 9 are missing.
Analysis of the flight’s data recorders show that both engines failed about 37 seconds after takeoff, leading to the crash. The pilots are being hailed as heroes for steering the plane away from buildings and into a river.
The Ukraine/Russia conflict continues to heat up. The U.S. is seriously considering arming the Ukrainians with badass weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry did a joint presser with Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk yesterday. When asked about Russian officials denying that Russian troops are inside Ukraine, the Prime Minister said they must be blind, and offered, “If they need, I can give them my glasses.”
Okay, this is getting kind of serious. A handful of children at a Chicago hospital now have measles. We have over 100 cases nationwide, which is a lot. The bad thing about measles, unlike Ebola, is that it is an airborne virus that transmits very, very easily. It can survive in a room by itself for a couple hours.
Still missing. 335 days.
Dow: 17,885, +212 (+1.20%) S&P 500: 2,063, +21 (+1.03%)
Boooooom! We’re poppin, folks. We’re poppin.
LinkedIn was up 7% in after hours trading last night after the professional networking platform reported $643 million in quarterly revenue, above analysts’ expected $617 million.
Sticking with social media, Twitter reported a slowing in user growth, but an increase in revenues.
Michael Kors, on the other hand — one of The Design Team’s favorites — did not have a good quarter. Not at all. The handbag giant reported just a 6.8% sales growth in Q4, down from 24% in the same period last year.
In jobs news, the U.S. economy added 257,000 jobs in January, up from 234,000 estimated. Unemployment, however, nudged up from 5.6% to 5.7%; maybe that 1% should hop on LinkedIn (lol).
Golf – Tiger withdrew from the Farmers Insurance Open after 11 holes yesterday. This was just his third tournament back after missing most of last year with a back injury. He left with back problems. He said, in post-round chats, that a two-hour fog delay led him to tighten up, thus his glutes never “activated.” The internet has been having fun with this one.
NBA – The Cavs pumped the Clippers last night for their twelfth straight win. And Chris Paul is taking some serious heat for saying, after last night’s game, about a female rookie ref, “this might not be for her.”
NHL – Lots of action last night. Here are your Thursday highlights.
Katy Perry has set her lawyers on the “left shark” vendor. Apparently people making money off of left shark is not cool with the Perry camp.
And we’ve got a “plus-size” model on the Sports Illustrated cover for the first time. I put “plus-size” in quotes because, I mean, look at her.
— Nadine Babu (@NadineBabu) February 5, 2015
Yeah, plus-size my ass.
Super Important Fact
Over seven years, you replace every single particle in your body. So, yes, literally no part of you is the same person as seven years ago.
Love, love, love Fridays. I thought, for the longest time, that summer Fridays were awesome. And they are. But let’s be honest: all Fridays are awesome. Anything that’s not Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or the first half of Thursday is awesome.
Have a day. Have a nap. Have a drink. Have ten more drinks. See you out there.