Kittens and caboodles, welcome back to another round of the mid-week news, where we relish in the current events, cringe at headlines and the state of humanity, and jump all over what’s happening in our dear world. Will we make it through this week with a forced smile on our faces?Or will we grimly gather ’round, huddled like tiny, little, sad kittens? Either way, gather up your wills and your wiles, let’s meet this week’s news head on with a brave face and a tight grip on sanity.
Angelina Jolie disclosed in an NYT op-ed that she had her breasts removed this year in the hope of preventing breast cancer. Jolie has BRCA1, a mutated gene that causes breast cancer. (New York Times)
Stunning video of the brutal situation in Syria has been released: the video shows a Syrian rebel opening the chest of a Syrian government officer and taking a bite from his heart. The video has been widely condemned and the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch identified the rebel as Abu Sakkar, a well-known insurgent from the city of Homs, and said his actions were a war crime. (BBC)
A U.S. ambassador to Moscow has been summoned over allegations that an embassy staffer was caught trying to recruit Russians for espionage. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) identified the man as Ryan Fogle, the third secretary of the political section of Washington’s embassy in Moscow, and said he had been handed back to the embassy after his detention. (Al Jazeera)
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Attorney General Eric Holder were grilled by journalists over the revelation that the Department of Justice secretly obtained the phone records of the Associated Press. (Huffington Post)
On Tuesday, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three states after a spate of deadly attacks by Islamist militant groups. (BBC)
Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia doctor who was charged with running one of the most gruesome abortion clinics in recent history, has been convicted of the first-degree murders of three babies delivered and killed with scissors in late-term abortions. The case has spawned heated discussion on both sides in the U.S. debate over abortion access. (BBC)
Will it get better? It has to get better, right? Kids, all I know is that life is scary and that looking at the news can be downright depressing. Even more so if that is your everyday intimate dyed-in-the-wool reality and personhood. So hug tight to your friends, and hope for a better tomorrow.