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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Morning News: Juneuary in Seattle Is Almost Over, Don't Worry, but Iraq Is Sliding Toward Civil War

Posted by on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM


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.

The Internet Is Full of Horrifying Images of these Mass Killings: That one above is the least bloody I could find. Far more horrifying images here and here and here.

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.

Its supposed to rain today, and might rain tomorrow, and then were back to sunshine. Congratulations on not killing yourself during Seattles annual seasonal psych-out.
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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.

Mary Shelley got her idea for Frankenstein between 2 am and 3 am on this date in 1816.
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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.

 

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Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 1
ISIS is the group Grampy McCaine wanted us to support in order to overthrow Syria's Assad. Now that they're in Iraq he wants the U.S. military to stop them.

This is the futility of getting involved in the middle east. Remember we once supported such varied people as Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on June 16, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
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@ 2 -- gah! Thanks. Fixed.
Posted by Christopher Frizzelle on June 16, 2014 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 4
Joyce Carol Oates always appears gaunt, the poor dear. Breakfast is probably only coffee.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on June 16, 2014 at 9:46 AM · Report this
dnt trust me 5
happy birthday Joyce. Frizelle has written gaudily over the brilliance of Joan Didion. So if you have to have to waste your time reading a book today instead of reading Slog, skip Oates and go with Didion, in my humble opinion.
Posted by dnt trust me on June 16, 2014 at 9:51 AM · Report this
venomlash 7
@6: Devout Jewish, Muslim, and Christian women all follow such practices. That post gets a 1/10 from me. Better luck next time!
Posted by venomlash on June 16, 2014 at 10:12 AM · Report this
Jenny from the Block 9
I think you're confusing Bloomsday (Ulysses Day) with the day celebrating the end of slavery (Juneteenth). Both on the same day, however.
Posted by Jenny from the Block on June 16, 2014 at 10:45 AM · Report this
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The book of days makes the common mistake of referring to the monster as Frankenstein, not the scientist.
Posted by Jude Fawley on June 16, 2014 at 10:51 AM · Report this
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Ignorance Is Not An Option


Sunni . . . Sunni . . . Sunni . . . everything Sunni!

A message to the president.

Grettings, oh ignorant one!

The speech you gave the other day you mentioned that the corrupt president of Iraq wasn't being inclusive enough.

Time for a quick review of the facts.

Fact: The Taliban are Sunni moslems, that's Sunni.

Fact: Al Qaeda are Sunnis.

Fact: On 9/11/01, America was attacked (according to the Cheney/Bush official conspiracy theory) by Sunnis from Saudi Arabia.

Fact: Around 1996, Zbigniew Brzezinski (Jimmy Carter's former national security advisor), gave an interview on French television where he claimed that a presidential directive was issued to destabilize the then secular government of Afghanistan, by relocating extremist moslems of the Wahabist Sunni faith, from Saudi Arabia, to Afghanistan's northern border with the Soviet Union. (Normally populated by the moderate Sufi moslems.) This led to much political turmoil preceding the invasion of the Soviet Union.

Fact: Sunnis in Syria, part of ISIS now in Iraq, were being financed by the American government (to overthrow Assad) and by Saudi Arabia and Qatar (the Sunnis, probably to attack Iraq as they are now doing).

Fact: Each and every attack, to date, going back to an Iraqi jet pilot "accidentally" firing an Exocet missile against a US destroyer in the Persian Gulf during the Iraq-Iran War, has been conducted by Sunnis.

The logical and only outcome from the Bush Crime Family's invasion of Iraq was eventually a Shi'a superstate composed of Iran, Iraq, and possibly other contiquous territory.

ISIS represents the extreme radical faction of al Qaeda, and the only possible way of halting them would be to support such a Shi'a superstate.

Word up, fucktards!
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Posted by sgt_doom on June 16, 2014 at 11:15 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 12
RE: Iraq

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!
Posted by Urgutha Forka on June 16, 2014 at 11:32 AM · Report this
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Casey Kasem got me through a difficult childhood. Back before the interwebs and iTunes, you had to wait to hear your favorite song on the radio (or, I guess, if you had lots of money, you could buy piles of cassette tapes).

I would escape from my violent, chaotic household by locking myself in my room and listening to the entire Top 40, and writing all the song titles down in a notebook. On Sunday afternoons, if I remember correctly. Kinda wish I'd kept those notebooks now.
Posted by Escapee from S. Idaho on June 16, 2014 at 11:53 AM · Report this
Gern Blanston 14
I loved listening to American Top 40 too, I can still remember playing Nerf basketball in the kitchen while Casey spun some Foghat for me. RIP.
Posted by Gern Blanston on June 16, 2014 at 12:07 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 15
Almost over? Your forecast is a bit optimistic compared to the only-about-five-degrees-warmer gloom the NWS is calling for in a few days. Wednesday should be OK. Next weekend *might* be better...

from http://www.atmos.washington.edu/data/dis…

LONG TERM...PREVIOUS DISCUSSION...GFS/ECMWF REMAIN CONSISTENT IN
BRINGING A VIGOROUS LOOKING UPPER LEVEL SHORTWAVE TROUGH NE ACROSS
VANCOUVER ISLAND THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT. THE MUCH WEAKER
TRAILING FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS W WA AT SOME POINT...PROBABLY
THURSDAY NIGHT. MODELS HAVE BEEN INCONSISTENT WITH REGARD TO TIMING
AND STRENGTH OF THE FRONT SO CONFIDENCE IN THE DETAILS IS LOW. THE
ECMWF IS FASTER AND WETTER THAN THE GFS. BOTH MODELS SHOW A
POTENTIAL POST-FRONT CONVERGENCE ZONE ON FRIDAY.

ONCE THE UPPER LEVEL SHORTWAVE TROUGH MOVES EAST AND THE FRONT
DISSIPATES...W WA WILL BE LEFT IN WEAK W-SW FLOW ALOFT IN-BETWEEN
WEATHER SYSTEMS THIS WEEKEND.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on June 16, 2014 at 12:09 PM · Report this
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Just what are "security forces"? Police? Military? Mercenaries? Vigilantes? Terrorists? Freedom fighters? Something else?
Posted by Phil M http://twitter.com/pmocek on June 16, 2014 at 12:48 PM · Report this
Posted by rob! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZBdUceCL5U on June 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM · Report this
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@ 16 "Security forces" = police and military.
Posted by Christopher Frizzelle on June 16, 2014 at 12:54 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 19
@17 Good to know. I'm hoping they'll stop yelling one of these decades.
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on June 16, 2014 at 2:07 PM · Report this
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@12 - Well, the partitioning of Iraq into weaker, antagonistic entities would go a long way toward wrestling the control of the 2nd largest reserve of cheap oil on the planet away from the Iraqi people.
Posted by anon1256 on June 16, 2014 at 2:41 PM · Report this
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Dick's burgers gives employees scholarships and doesn't make them go to some cheesy on-line school.
Posted by fruitbat on June 16, 2014 at 2:43 PM · Report this
Fnarf 22
It's almost kickoff -- they've sung the anthems -- and the Slog post isn't up. Lame.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 16, 2014 at 2:58 PM · Report this
Fnarf 23
Aaaaaand you missed it.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 16, 2014 at 3:02 PM · Report this
DOUG. 24
When Fnarf is right, Fnarf is right.
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on June 16, 2014 at 3:07 PM · Report this
Fnarf 25
Eleven minutes in, no post. I guess you're not going to. Sigh.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on June 16, 2014 at 3:12 PM · Report this
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It's happening, Fnarf, it's just that Ansel got tied up in a news thing -- but it's happening. Any minute.
Posted by Christopher Frizzelle on June 16, 2014 at 3:15 PM · Report this

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