Double Homicide in Leschi: SPD says it responded to reports of shots fired early this morning and "found two young men lying in the street both of whom suffered gunshot wounds."
Six Climbers Fall to Their Deaths On Mount Rainier: They apparently were navigating a particularly difficult route and fell some 3,300 feet. Rescuers say they can't recover the bodies.
The NSA Wants Your Face: ...in its database. A spokesperson for the agency "declined to say whether the N.S.A. collected facial imagery of Americans from Facebook and other social media through means other than communications intercepts." Senator Al Franken says we have "no express protections" for facial data.
Thai Junta Hates Reading: Protesters against the May 22 coup in which a military junta seized power (it subsequently "banned political gatherings of five people or more") are sitting down in public places and reading books like 1984 together.
China Responds to Comments from Defense Secretary Hagel: "I felt that Secretary Hagel's speech is full of hegemonism, threat and intimidation," a Chinese military official told reporters.
Obama's New Power Plant Emissions Limits: Currently, according to this article, there are no limits on carbon emissions from America's (largely coal) power plants, which are the largest source of emissions in the country. Al Jazeera suggests the move will drive yet more investment into solar and green power technologies, but head-in-sand state lawmakers are already gearing up to fight the rules.
It's Shit Like This, FIFA: I love soccer, but professional sports are such a cesspool. Yesterday I linked to articles about Brazilians pissed off at world soccer's governing organization, then what do you know! A new report that shows Qatar bribed their way into hosting the 2022 World Cup. Oh, and FIFA's match-fixing oversight staff is six people.
It used to be that Americans mostly subscribed to a rough-and-ready version of the labor theory of value. Everything we see around us that we consider beautiful, useful, or important was made that way by people who sank their physical and mental efforts into creating and maintaining it. Work is valuable insofar as it creates these things that people like and need. Since the beginning of the 20th century, there has been an enormous effort on the part of the people running this country to turn that around: to convince everyone that value really comes from the minds and visions of entrepreneurs, and that ordinary working people are just mindless robots who bring those visions to reality.
Happy sixth birthday, Maru!