Hey out there. Since I was gone for a week I thought
the best thing to do a thing that I could try on my first post back would be to collect a few random things I missed while I was away. Since there’s nobody here to stop me, here goes:
- In a move that’s sure to fix nothing and benefit nobody, the people who are doing a crappy job of governing Gaza and the people who are doing a crappy job of governing the West Bank are talking about developing new synergies between their crappy brands. Before you say anything, I absolutely understand that Israel does its level best to make sure that neither Hamas nor Fatah has any prayer of governing in a non-crappy way, but even under those conditions the Palestinian people are unfortunately stuck with some lousy “leaders.”
- Speaking of lousy leaders, BREAKING: Cardinal Timothy Dolan is a lousy leader AND a lousy human being. I should just put this one on a weekly repeat blast.
- Apparently Newsmax has editorial standards. Go figure.
- Everybody met in Geneva and hugged it out, but it turns out that
all the king’s horses and all the king’s menVladimir Putin’s paramilitaries couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty together againare going to keep trying to break Ukraine up anyway.
- David Gregory has proven so incapable of filling the shoes of the transcendentally mediocre (or downright awful, take your pick) Tim Russert that NBC hired a psychological consultant (probably; they deny it but that’s just what they would do if they had hired one, isn’t it? Wheels within wheels people) to interview people who know him to try to figure out how come nobody wants to watch him on their teevee. Hey, NBC? If you changed your weekly roundtable format so that each week’s pundits were, say, catapulted into the Potomac River instead of being allowed to talk, I think lots of people would watch that. Put Gregory himself in the catapult during sweeps. Just some friendly advice.
- Holy crap:
- Iranian Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi claims that Iran is prepared to modify the design of its Arak heavy-water reactor so that it produces a fifth of the plutonium it would have produced under its current design, and that the P5+1 accepted their plan. No joke here; Arak is one of the two or three biggest sticking points in any comprehensive deal, so if this is true (and it should be taken with many grains of salt until it’s in writing alongside the rest of the deal) then that’s a big step forward in the talks.
- Most of Nepal’s Sherpas have decided to walk off the job for the rest of the climbing season out of respect for 16 Sherpas who were killed in an avalanche last week. Also no joke here, and good for them. Sherpas regularly put their lives on the line for next to nothing, doing most of the actual work while the rich Westerners they lead up the mountain get to pretend that they climbed Mt. Everest all by themselves, and the big expedition companies who exploit their labor rake in millions of dollars each year.
- That Shining Beacon of Freedom known as Egypt is still trying three Al Jazeera reporters for the crime of reporting the news, and today the judge threw all media out of the courtroom because one of the prosecution’s key pieces of evidence turned out to be a dud and apparently they’d prefer it if nobody knew about inconvenient details like that. When it comes to freedom of the press, folks like John Milton and Thomas Jefferson had nothing on Egypt’s
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