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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Morning News This Monday, With Mice

Posted by on Mon, Sep 9, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Syria: Syrians on both sides tell the U.S. what they want. Here's Amy Davidson of The New Yorker, in case you haven't read it, on why Obama's best decision on Syria so far has been going to Congress. The question continues to be in their court. And CNN has a poll that says that most Americans don't want to intervene. Senate is expected to take up the discussion when it reconvenes today. A member of the House intel committee says, "It's dead. Completely dead." Assad warns the United States to "expect everything" in the case of an attack.

Guantanamo Hunger Strike: Here's a graph of those striking, hospitalized, and tube-fed since the military acknowledged the strike. Here are profiles of the 24 prisoners whose health was at risk. Do a search for "has never been charged with a crime," and you find that description in 20 of the 24 profiles.

Senegal's New Prime Minister: A woman, a feminist, and a footballer. Her name is Aminata Touré. Her cabinet still only includes 4 women, 28 men. She is still being called the Iron Lady, like every female politician who isn't Latin American.

Local Veterans Would Like Doctors to Possess the Correct Tools and Support Staff, Please: An internal review yields low ratings for the Puget Sound VA, results are disputed.

What You Do When You're a Daughter of Auschwitz Living in Virginia: Keep your secrets as long as you can.

"Titstare" at Techcrunch: "(T)he audience laughed at the numerous tit-related puns... What message does this send to the men, women and children who attended the event? Like Alexandra, the nine year old girl who presented her own app and was able to win over an audience with behaviour more mature than others? Is it worth explaining to Alexandra that if she continues to study development with a view to employment, she will be absorbed into the 19% of women who work as engineers in the industry and get 49 cents to every dollar a man receives? Perhaps we could show Alexandra the job ads that refer to women as a hiring lure, because apparently they’re not there to work?"

The Supreme Misfit of Feminism and Capitalism: Harvard Business School is trying to be unapologetic about leading the business world in a less sexist direction, which is resulting in full system breakdown, basically.

City Opera Is in Dire Straits: It needs $20 million. If it doesn't raise it, most of this season and all of 2014-2015 will be canceled.

Always Check Your Attic: Van Gogh Museum authenticates "the first full-size canvas by the Dutch master discovered since 1928." It had been, naturally, hiding in an attic.

September 9, 2003: Hey Ya! is 10 years old, folks.

Sacro GRA, Miss Violence, and Stray Dogs: Winners at the Venice Film Festival.

Below is a quick scientific study on the injustice resulting from cohabitation in a spinning wheel—one mouse is reduced to a carpet, demonstrated by Pretzel and Maia. Bonus question: Do mice get dizzy?


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Matt from Denver 1
NYC Opera was completely driven into the ground by its general manager. She should be the one to pony up the $20M.
Posted by Matt from Denver on September 9, 2013 at 7:45 AM · Report this
That daughter of Auschwitz is hiding reeeeeally well.

The link for some reason contains the paragraph break, so it doesn't go to the story, just an error page.
Posted by tal on September 9, 2013 at 7:49 AM · Report this
California Kid 3
"When You're a Daughter of Auschwitz Living in Virginia". The link is broken.
Posted by California Kid on September 9, 2013 at 7:49 AM · Report this
Posted by searunner on September 9, 2013 at 7:55 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 5
Russia is telling Syria to give up chemical weapons to avoid a strike. Obama knows what he's doing, folks.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on September 9, 2013 at 8:09 AM · Report this
Thanks for the tech notes. That should be fixed as soon as your cache refreshes (I hope).
Posted by Jen Graves on September 9, 2013 at 8:10 AM · Report this
fletc3her 7
The Harvard article is hilarious. I love the idea of overly entitled zillionaires being forced to take sexual harassment seminars to get the degree everyone expects them to have.
Posted by fletc3her on September 9, 2013 at 8:26 AM · Report this
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Posted by Bangalore Hotels on September 9, 2013 at 8:35 AM · Report this
Just the facts, ma'am

At least Colin "Americal" Powell held up a piece of hardware store pipe and claimed it had something to do with "weapons-of-mass-destruction" --- Drone Master Obama can't even do that, instead he has John Forbes Kerry, scion of the multi-billion dollar Heiz fortune, simply tell us it must be the Assad government?????

Now, while I despise all dictatorial governments, and certainly those of Iran and Syria, a far better argument could be made for going into Saudi Arabia, traditionally, the worst human rights violator in the Middle East, where they routinely lop off people's heads for lunchtime entertainment!

Also, recall that it was "officially" 15 Saudis involved in the hijackings on 9/11/01 (while the other four held forged passports, it was inferred they were Yemenis, but they could have easily been Saudis as well).

So we the sheeple, are once again spewed with this "weapons-of-mass-destruction" without any proof, and the very first time that happened. Gen. Clapper was a member of the Bush-fabricated-WMD-intel team, (the same Gen. Clapper who wrote the report for the Pentagon promoting the privatization of all US intel agencies), and now Gen. Clapper is Obama's Director of National Intelligence --- what a confluence of connecting events, huh?

John Kerry and his wife didn't think Assad was such an onerous dood, when they had dinner and partied hardy with him and his wife back in 2009:…

yet, John Forbes Kerry, scion of the multi-billion dollar Heinz fortune (and the dood who went back to Boston and warned them to avoid any "gay issues" so as not to endanger their electability; that very same dood who once described American jobs offshorers as "Benedict Arnolds" until his advisors warned him such talk might affect his net worth!) is telling us "the truth" without any proof backing him up.

Do we believe what the American-backed Syrian/al Qaeda rebels, who routinely kill Syrian Christian innocents, had nothing to do with that gas attack, and believe what they tell John Forbes Kerry, or do we refuse to act like sheeple?

Yes, Charlie Rose (long-time member of David Rockefeller's Trilateral Commission:…

) did a controlled interview with Assad, such being the "freedom of the press" in Amerika today, and CNN has managed to point out, at least once, that to date no actual proof has been offered as to who was behind the gas attacks, Americans are simply being shown video, over and over again, of gassed victims (not even knowing whether they were Syrian Christians, Iraqi refugees, or Palestinian refugees, the two latter groups having grown over the past few years in Syria, thanks in part to other illegal actions of the American government)!

To repeat, those Middle Eastern countries which did not originally sign on to the WTO's Financial Services Agreement, allowing the bankers (like the vampires) in, were Iraq, Libya, Iran and Syria (now Iraq and Libya are onboard, 'natch!); one must logically suspect after the any attack on Syria, they too will be onboard.

Another country which still isn't onboard, not having signed that FSA, is Brazil:…
Posted by sgt_doom on September 9, 2013 at 8:51 AM · Report this
Simone 10
Not another cellphone video in the vertical position.
Posted by Simone on September 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM · Report this
TheMisanthrope 11
I thought that Titstare was going to be some semi-innocuous app that was getting an overblown reaction, much like Adria Richards getting two guys fired for telling immature, but not sexist, jokes.

But, no, it's sleazy. It's people uploading pictures of them blatantly staring at a woman's chest, with the most objectifying way possible. It's an icky, icky app that the news has caught on to, and now it's sensationalized rather than shunned.

The dude gesturing jacking off, though...when you have a shitty app and only 60 seconds, you have to make your presentation memorable somehow. He'd probably have been rightfully ignored as just immature if it hadnt been for the Titstare app.
Posted by TheMisanthrope on September 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 12
The pdf of the poll says it's a CNN/ORC poll. Did a bunch of orcs do the polling or were only orcs polled?
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on September 9, 2013 at 10:04 AM · Report this
Congressional approval of an attack on Syria won't make up for the lack of UN approval. Not often that I agree with Putin but he is right about this.
Posted by anon1256 on September 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM · Report this
biffp 14
Russia Foreign Minister has offered to take and dismantle Syria's chemical weapons. That's a sensible solution if Russia follows through.…

It further illustrates the point of the New Yorker article: Obama saved his Presidency by going to Congress. If he hadn't created the delay and just acted, the rest of his term would been the do-nothing RNC second-guessing a decision they pressured, cajoled and ignorantly howled for.

Posted by biffp on September 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM · Report this
Hrm... Silicon Valley women (working or not) average out to 49 cents for each dollar earned by Silicon Valley men (working or not). But if you look over here all male teams were creating 89% of the startups.…

Does Silicon Valley have a lot of stay-at-home wives not earning money ?
Posted by ChefJoe on September 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM · Report this
And those documents pertaining to NSA and their penetration of confidential data of the Brazilian oil company:…

Posted by sgt_doom on September 9, 2013 at 10:38 AM · Report this
this guy I know in Spokane 17
The board of City Opera doesn't want the company to exist any more, so they're trying to kill it. The latest strategy is to set an impossible goal. "If you can't pick up a million grains of sand with these eyebrow tweezers by sunset, you're dead."
Posted by this guy I know in Spokane on September 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM · Report this
Sean Kinney 18
Sorry guys. Jen has the job.
Posted by Sean Kinney http:// on September 10, 2013 at 12:19 AM · Report this

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