The vitriol against US embassies (sparked by that half-assed YouTube satire of Islam) spreads to Yemen: "SANA, Yemen — Turmoil in the Arab world linked to an American-made video denigrating the Prophet Muhammad spread on Thursday to Yemen, where hundreds of protesters attacked the American Embassy, two days after assailants killed the American ambassador in Libya and crowds tried to overrun the embassy compound in Cairo. News reports also spoke of a separate protest in Tehran, where around 500 Iranians chanting 'Death to America' tried to converge on the Swiss Embassy, which handles United States interests in the absence of formal diplomatic relations with Washington. Hundreds of police officers held the crowds back from the diplomatic compound, witnesses said... For a third straight day at the American Embassy in Cairo, protesters scuffled with police."
I'm becoming increasingly suspicious of this whole thing—it's almost as if groups like the Muslim Brotherhood tried to coordinate some false event, and subsequent manufactured outrage, that resembled the secular, spontaneous, and more humane Arab Spring for their own drama-queeny ends. (What should we call it? The "Muslim Winter"?) And if you've watched the YouTube clips of the movie, you've seen that it's so weak and ridiculous, it's hard to believe it could inspire wrath in anyone. And, as of yesterday, it had a ridiculously tiny number of viewer-hits to justify its global significance. In fact, it's hard to believe that anyone actually took the trouble to launch that piece of crap into existence.
But wait a second... that controversial piece of crap might not exist? "First off, no one has been able to obtain a full-length copy of the film. The only evidence of its existence is in a 13.5 minute trailer on YouTube that is riddled with red flags. As BuzzFeed's Rosie Gray noticed, 'The video is a compilation of the most clumsily overdubbed moments from what is in reality an incoherent, haphazardly-edited set of scenes.' Just look at the horrid way the desert backdrop is green-screened into the background. This is a film with a $5 million budget?" Even if the movie is fake, the deaths are real.
Another nail in the nonprofit-model coffin? "'Discovering Fiscally Sponsored Dancemakers,' published Sept. 7, suggests that a funding method called “fiscal sponsorship” is overtaking the traditional non-profit model for dance organizations in the city [NYC]. The majority of the city’s dancemakers now operate without their own non-profit status, instead opting for protection under the umbrella of a larger public charity."
Mariners and marittime businesses don't like the stadium deal: "In a letter to the Seattle City Council, the maritime leaders object to the 'irreversible momentum' for a Sodo location and say the site is clearly preferred by the city, despite assertions that alternative sites will be evaluated in an environmental review. Investor Chris Hansen, a San Francisco hedge-fund manager who grew up in Seattle, has spent $51 million on land in Sodo and has said he's not interested in building at a different site."
The vice president vanishes, part II: Xi Jinping, the incoming Chinese President, the man in line to run the world’s second-largest economy, has cancelled a string of meetings in recent days, and hasn’t been seen in public in more than a week. His government has dodged all questions about his absences... Most plausible, for the moment, is that Xi’s people are managing the optics. If, in fact, he is hobbling around with a slipped disc, or had a mild heart attack, they will almost certainly prevent him from being shown in public looking frail. In modern Chinese history, physical robustness has always been used as a proxy for political health; when Chairman Mao was locked in battles with internal foes in late 1965, he sequestered himself for months of plotting and then burst back on to the scene to show his vigor by swimming the Yangtze."
Etymology of the day: "O.E. ræt, of uncertain origin. Similar words are found in Celtic (Gael. radan), Romanic (It. ratto, Sp. rata, Fr. rat) and Germanic (M.L.G. rotte, Ger. ratte) languages, but connection is uncertain and origin unknown. Perhaps from V.L. *rattus, but Weekley thinks this is of Germanic origin, 'the animal having come from the East with the race-migrations' and the word passing thence to the Romanic languages. American Heritage and Tucker connect O.E. ræt to L. rodere and thus PIE *red- 'to scrape, scratch, gnaw...'"
A clever bank robber: "One member of the crew of bank robbers who led authorities on a 40-mile chase while eventually throwing wads of money into the air remained at large Thursday, according to a Sheriff’s Department report... The money snarled traffic, and authorities are telling the public that any money retrieved must be returned." (Fat fucking chance!)
Etymology of the day, part two: "Bank" comes to English from the Old Italian "banca" (moneylender's table) which may have come from the Old High German "bank" (bench). The phrase "cry all the way to the bank" was allegedly coined by Liberace in 1956, after a concert at Madison Square Garden that critics loathed, but sold a shitload of tickets and made him a shitload of money. The slang verb form you can "bank" on it—as in you can "trust" it—originated in the 1880s, but hasn't been used much lately.