It’s Friday, y’all! Time to pay attention to the world one last time before you go into the cave that is catching up on your DVR, watching Netflix, reading a book, and maybe, if you’re lucky enough to live someplace sunny, go outside and have some fun. Today’s news starts with a downer but ends with a song.
Today in horrible things, two are dead and seven wounded at a hospital shooting in Pittsburgh. The shooter was reported as dead. When will people stop being terrible?
If, like me, you worry yourself sick over economics that you only partically understand, you may be relieved to know that the Greek government has indicated that it has secured sufficient backing for a debt swap deal that will enable it to avoid defaulting on its debts. Remember kids: money is really just make-believe.
The new iPad lauched! Making everyone who just bought an iPad 2 very put out.
In news you probably can’t use, women have been shown to spot snakes faster before their periods. Yay?
That solar storm everyone was worried about didn’t cause as many problems as previously feared. In other news, the idea of the sun flaring up is terrifying if you aren’t Neil DeGrasse Tyson.
The GOP loves attaching riders to highway bills, such as the Keystone XL Pipeline proposal, which was narrowly defeated on Thursday. Highway bills: paving the way toward environmental destruction and other things that horrify people with sense.
Want to feel like you’ve just changed the world by posting a video on your twitter? Really? Okay! KONY 2012 is now trending on social media. Organized by Invisible Children, the video seeks to take down Joseph Kony, the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army that has terrorized northern Uganda. While the film’s intentions of making Kony famous for his bad reputation is applauded, many have criticized the campaign for downplaying governmnet abuses under Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni. What’s more, the organization’s spending and overhead have come under fire.
Want to have an entire generation of boys and girls unclear on how their bodies works? Utah is flirting with legislation that would ban public schools from teaching students about contraception, human sexuality and homosexuality – so no sex ed. At all. Not even abstinence-only education. The bill gives schools the choice to teach either abstinence before marriage or not to teach sex ed at all. If passed, it would be the most restrictive in the country.
Robert Sherman died at 86 this week. A songwriter for Disney, he is best known for Mary Poppins. Here’s hoping your weekend is supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.