The Morning Banter: Obama and McCain Do Syria, Vainest Man Ever, and Extinct Species Coming Back!

It's Tuesday morning people, and it probably feels like Monday given the long weekend. Fear not, there is much to read on the internet to pass the hours away, and we've boiled down the best of it so you don't have to.
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It's Tuesday morning people, and it probably feels like Monday given the long weekend. Fear not, there is much to read on the internet to pass the hours away, and we've boiled down the best of it so you don't have to.
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It's Tuesday morning people, and it probably feels like Monday given the long weekend. Fear not, there is much to read on the internet to pass the hours away, and we've boiled down the best of it so you don't have to.

Obama McCain

1. Obama Rolls Out John McCain to Sell War in Syria

The US is edging closer to attacking Syria without international support for its reported use of chemical weapons. With a highly skeptical public, what better than to roll out famed war hawk John McCain to sell it to everyone? The nation's most prominent war hero, McCain often uses his credibility to convince Americans to engage in more war - he helped Bush sell the surge in Iraq and has argued consistently for more troops in Afghanistan. He's been beating the drums for action in Syria for months now, and finally gets to have his voice heard in the White House.

Huffington Post: Obama Seeking Syria Support From John McCain

2. Brits Squabbling Over Syria 

David Cameron wanted to go to war with Syria, but opposition leader Ed Miliband put a stop to it by demanding the government wait for more evidence from weapons inspectors, more involvement of the UN and a second vote before committing British forces.  The government's motion to go to war was defeated 285-272 in the House of Commons, and Cameron has respected the vote and pledged not to join America in another Middle Eastern intervention. While democracy in Britain looks to be functioning reasonably well, relations in Downing Street are not running so smoothly. Apparently, a government source told the Times: "No 10 and the Foreign Office think Miliband is a fucking cunt and a copper-bottomed shit." Lovely.

The Guardian: Clegg blames 'cynical' Miliband for blocking British intervention in Syria

3. Ladies and Gentlemen, We Present The Vainest Man Who Ever Lived....

Fake tans, perfectly sculpted physiques and ludicrously white teeth are essentials for Los Angeles's elite. Resident's of the most superficial city on the planet live to make themselves beautiful, and when you are in the cosmetic surgery business, the sky is the limit. Sure, 25% of kids in California live under the poverty line and L.A county is the worst in the country for child hunger, but what better to spend your money on than injecting fat into your biceps and creating your wife's designer vagina? Meet plastic surgeon David Matlock, the vainest man who ever lived:

4. Extinct Species Coming Back? 

There was a point when everyone thought Jurassic Park could become a reality. Sadly, it was more to do with the graphics Spielberg used than the actual science. But now it looks like bringing back species from the dead is fast becoming a reality with new advances in technology. This year, scientists in Australia announced that they have made the first step towards bringing formerly extinct southern gastric-brooding frogs back to life. Using 'somatic cell nuclear transfer' (a cloning technique) scientists at the University of New South Wales took eggs another amphibian species and replaced the eggs’ nuclei with that of the gastric-brooding frog's. Apparently some of those eggs began to divide and reached early embryonic stage - proof that raising extinct species is now not a distinct possibility, but an actual reality.

Salon: Get ready for the rebirth of vanished species