It’s Monday, one of the best days of the week! Easily in the top 10. Well, maybe not “easily.” But probably.
Lots of crap going on in the world today, and some not-crap. Let’s take a look.
A couple of guys stole money from Girl Scouts and the girls beat up the thieves. The thieves still got away, but my favorite quote from the week came out of the story. “I hope your face hurts from where Iravia punched you, jerk, bam,” [Rachel] Johnson said in a message to the thieves. “I hope your face hurts and I hope it leaves a scar. Who steals money from Girl Scouts, I mean, really?” (CNN)
Rush Limbaugh has apologized for calling Sandra Fluke a slut, and a prostitute, and saying that she should be required to post sex videos online for payment for birth control. He’s not apologizing because he’s wrong, though, because he’s been wrong one million times, and really offensively so, and never apologized. He’s apologizing because advertisers were pulling their money. Sandra Fluke: a “prostitute” because she wanted her medicine to be covered by health insurance. Rush Limbaugh: morally A-OK, even though his opinion and offensiveness depends wholly on the highest bidder. I hope that he goes down in flames. And then steps on a Lego barefoot. (BBC) (CNN)
Obama “won’t hesitate to use force” in Iran. I hate everything. (NPR)
Oh, fuck. A munitions dump in the Congo went awry, there were explosions, at least 150 people are dead. Fuck. (BBC)
Holllly crap. Naturally conceived quadruplets were born on leap day in England. First holy crap. Quadruplets. Second, thankfully they only have to have a birthday party every four years. (BBC)
You are more likely to survive cervical cancer if you get your pap smears regularly. Although, from what I can tell from the article, “regularly” is every 3-5 years and starting at age 23, which is WAY less than what we do in America. Still, don’t forget to get pap smeared. (BBC)
Oh shit. Hackers had complete control over NASA’s computer system in 2011. Oh shit. (BBC)
Zynga is breaking away from Facebook. Related: Who wants to play against me in Words With Friends? (BBC)
SO FREAKING COOL. Researchers have developed a generator that purifies water and in the process creates electricity. Input: dirty water. Output: clean water and electricity. Amazing. (BBC)
Wow. Pennsylvania is rethinking rules for juvenile courts after a judge was found guilty of sending kids to for-profit prisons for kickbacks. (NPR)
BP settled with private businesses and individuals. It estimates that it will pay out $7.8 billion. Not enough. I don’t know how much would be enough, really. Infinity, maybe. (NPR)
I keep seeing this on my newsfeed: pink is not really a color. The thing is, though, we don’t base our ideas of color on the rainbow, it is all a linguistic and cultural construct. In Russian, there are two words for the color blue: light blue is a completely different color than dark blue. Pink is a color because it is a quality that we can see and describe, and the lack of a band in the rainbow is meaningless. (NPR)
16 people died in a train crash in Poland, when two trains were headed toward each other on the same track. I am pretty sure I’ve been on that route on the train, and it makes me feel sick. It’s not a worse tragedy because it could have been me, but it certainly hits close to home.
In case you were wondering, gas is getting more expensive. Because I’m sure you couldn’t figure that out without the newspaper telling you. (CNN)
Why did I used to have a crush on Kirk Cameron? (CNN)
So: Rush Limbaugh is a jerk, tornadoes and trains keep killing people, the situation in Syria makes me cry, and if you’re going to have quadruplets, you might as well have them on February 29. Consider your appetite whetted.