Hollande Is Sworn in in France, in Special Socialist Ceremony Involving Socialism: Angela Merkel has to take a seat and a glass of water in Berlin. Eurozonity.
Today Is the Day the Palestinians Were Removed, in 1948: They call the day "Nakba," or day of catastrophe, and they're protesting. The history/numbers from Al Jazeera: "More than 760,000 Palestinians, estimated today to number 4.7 million with their descendants, fled or were driven out of their homes."
The EU Has Hit Somali Pirate Ships Before: But now it has started raids on a Somali mainland base to get the pirates. According to the BBC report, "The attack was carried out overnight and, according to the European forces, no Somalis were hurt during the action. The multinational forces used helicopters in conjunction with two warships to leave five of the pirates' fast attack craft 'inoperable.'"
Why Pay More For Gas?: Because you live in Washington state! "The West Coast is zigging while the rest of the country is zagging," Tom Kloza, publisher and chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service, tells the Seattle Times. We never get to zag.
Seattle Police Officers May Argue to the Supreme Court That They Should Be Allowed to Taser a Pregnant Woman Three Times for a Speeding Ticket: Because they're eight times more fucked up than you thought! From the New York Times report: "The three men [officers] assessed the situation and conferred. 'Well, don’t do it in her stomach,' one said."
Wildfires in Arizona: Firefighters are trying, at extra risk due to snakes and hidden shafts, to keep the fires from destroying the historic mining town of Crown King.
Oldest Cave Paintings Are 'Precursor to Playboy,' New York Times?: I'm not buying it. "The drawings include what appear to be images of the female vulva, illustrated by circles with small slits on one side." This is an image of the female vulva? There are no pictures with the story, by the way, just an offensive and stupid graphic (by the "artist" "Chris Gash": OY) of a truck-flap woman with some cave-painted animals.