Terrifying #ISIS photos appear to show a mass execution in Iraq: http://t.co/rzlenq0f1E pic.twitter.com/YZNyQrHl2f
— CNN International (@cnni) June 16, 2014
In Case You Missed It, There Were Mass Killings of Iraqi Security Forces Over the Weekend: "Sunni Islamist militants claimed on Sunday that they had massacred hundreds of captive Shiite members of Iraq’s security forces, posting grisly pictures of a mass execution in Tikrit as evidence and warning of more killing to come." The militant group is called ISIS, which stands for Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. They claim to have killed 1,700 Iraqi soldiers so far.
A More Wide-Angle Story on This Militant Group: "When Islamic militants rampaged through the Iraqi city of Mosul last week, robbing banks of hundreds of millions of dollars, opening the gates of prisons and burning army vehicles, some residents greeted them as if they were liberators and threw rocks at retreating Iraqi soldiers," the New York Times reports. "It took only two days, though, for the fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to issue edicts laying out the harsh terms of Islamic law under which they would govern, and singling out some police officers and government workers for summary execution."
Meanwhile, the American Embassy in Baghdad: Is being evacuated.
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- Can we talk about the weather or something? It's supposed to rain some more today, and might rain tomorrow, and then we're back to sunshine. Congratulations on making it through Juneuary, Seattle's annual seasonal psych-out.
If You're New to Town, This Mid-June Sky-Dump Is Totally Normal: It happens every June, which is why it has a special name: Juneuary. It's almost over.
US Plays in the World Cup Today: Against Ghana, a country that is rationing its electricity so that everyone can watch the match. Ansel Herz will be covering this match here on Slog at 3 pm.
Starbucks Is Offering Free Online College Degrees for Its Workers: In partnership with Arizona State University. "Under the program, Starbucks employees who work at least 20 hours a week will receive full tuition reimbursement if they enroll in ASU's online program as juniors or seniors."
Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane Is Still Missing: It's been 100 days.
Delta Airlines Is Getting All Up in Sea-Tac's Business: And maybe plotting to swallow up Alaska Airlines?
Casey Kasem Has Died: The smooth-voiced guy whose heartfelt radio show sometimes made my mom and me cry will no longer be telling stories that make divorcees and their gay sons cry. RIP, Casey Kasem.
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- Mary Shelley got her idea for Frankenstein between 2 am and 3 am on this date in 1816.
From today's entry in A Reader's Book of Days—which references a wet and dreary June just like the one we're having in Seattle:
When was Frankenstein made? (The story, that is, not the monster.) The moment of Mary Shelley's creation has been nearly as enshrouded in legend as the "dreary night of November" when Victor Frankenstein gave the reanimating jolt to his monster. It was, as the story goes, a wet and dreary June in Switzerland when Lord Byron suggested to his guests—Dr. Polidori, who had just sprained his ankle, and the scandalously not-yet-married couple, Percy Shelley and Mary Godwin—that they each write a ghost story. As Mary Shelley recalled it later, after the men told their stories she had a vision in her bedroom of a scientist terrified by his own creation as it begins to stir with the spark of life. Terrified too by her vision, she rose to the sight of moonlight over the Alps, a detail that a Texas astronomer has, with methodical literal-mindedness, traced to a single possible hour for her inspiration, between two and three in the early morning of June 16.
Oh Yeah and It's Ulysses Day: Er, sorry, "Bloomsday." Everything that happens in James Joyce's Ulysses happens on June 16. What happens in Ulysses? Here, knock yourself out, listen to the whole thing.
On a Final Literary Note, It's Joyce Carol Oates's Birthday: She celebrated by waking up and writing three novels before breakfast.