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newsmongering 05/21 (the ‘zomg so busy!’ edition)

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> Right, folks, I’ve got a few minutes to tap this out and then I need to finish outlining a plan to get a piece of abstinence-only legislation through the Oklahoma House. It’s for a class, I promise.

> Last Thursday, weather forecaster Ludmila Savchenko turned her live forecast on Ukrainian National Radio last Thursday into an impromptu political statement, suggesting that the glorious weather the country was enjoying was compensation for “lawlessness and injustice.” The Ukrainian government has responded by demanding that all weather forecasts be pre-recorded in the future to avoid any other such embarrassing incidents.

> Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has publicly claimed that Western countries are using “special equipment” to cause droughts in Iran, Turkey, and the rest of the Middle East. Iranian leaders have also accused other world powers of “colluding against Iran’s national unity, independence, political establishment, culture as well as international relations.”

> Elizabeth Dickinson has left Foreign Policy (I experienced genuine heartbreak over this). Fortunately, she’ll continue posting her world at her website. I’ve always been tremendously impressed by her writing and reporting; I recently liked to her article on explaining the rape epidemic in the Congo; and while I don’t recall having posted it previously, her piece on James Inhofe’s connection to the former president of Cote d’Ivoire was one of the best writings I’ve seen on the subject. I’m looking forward to continuing to follow her work.

> Pakistan’s newspaper Nation would like you to know that the recent US operation in Pakistan to neutralize Osama bin Laden in fact took out a clone. According to Nation, the original edition (as it were) died several years ago, allegedly in an American hospital. Also, the Zapruder film was a fake. So there.

> The CDC is ready to handle a zombie incursion. Takes a load off my mind.


Written by whackanarwhal

May 21, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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