Hot Topics: 'Eastwooding,' Global Drought and Assassination Plots

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A new catchphrase is trending after Clint Eastwood spoke to an invisible Obama during the Republican National Convention: it's called "Eastwooding." Photos of people speaking to empty chairs started popping up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and a Twitter account, @InvisibleObama, sprung up almost instantly. 

With quips like, "I'm on the other side of you, Ryan," "Oh no my invisible self didn't!" and "Global warming's invisible too? Oh it's on now," the account had over 20,000 followers by the time Eastwood's speech was done. 


On a more serious note, the U.S. hasn't been the only country experiencing intense drought conditions. The World Bank announced that global food prices rose 10 percent in July, while foods like maize and soybeans rose 25 percent. Our production of corn is facing the lowest production rates since the 1930s. The hardest hit are developing nations, like Mozambique and South Sudan. 

"While many are worrying about filling their gas tanks, many others around the world are struggling to fill their stomachs, and it is getting more and more difficult every day," Zoellick told a meeting of foreign ministers at the time, according to CNN


Did you follow the story of the four soldiers who prosecutors believe set up a militia and plotted to kill President Obama? Georgia prosecutors said they would seek death sentences for three of the four accused, who were stationed at Fort Stewart. 

According to an eyewitness account, the group killed a former soldier and his girlfriend, allegedly concerned that he would leak information about the home-grown militia, . According to Huffington Post, "the soldiers had come up with a range of wild and violent plots, including a takeover of Fort Stewart, poisoning apple orchards in Washington state and planting bombs in public parks."

In an emotionally charged scene, the stepfather of the slain soldier, Michael Roark, bolted across the floor toward one of the suspects, screaming, "You... killed my kid!"


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