Hello, hello, hello, and hello – welcome back kittens and poodles. Here we are again, taking to the weekly mediated chaotic universe, highlighting the week’s events and news, the things that are enough to send us running for the hills and screaming for mercy. So, pop on your safety goggles, hold each other close, and hug your teddy bear, because the news gets heavy – as it does.
House Republicans on Tuesday mad their most concerted effort of the year to change federal abortion law with legislation that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks. The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which passed by a 228 to 196 margin on Tuesday, would be a direct challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortions up to the time a fetus becomes viable. Fetal viability is generally considered to be at least 24 weeks into the pregnancy. The measure will be ignored by the Democratic-led Senate and the White House, saying the bill is, “An assault on a woman’s right to choose,” has issued a veto threat. So, in simple terms, WHAT THE FUCK. (Huffington Post)
Protests in Brazil, which began over a hike in bus prices in the city of Sao Paulo, have grown dramatically, fed by images of that city’s police beating demonstrators and firing rubber bullets last week during a march that drew 5,000 people. In Rio, the violent police crackdown on a small and peaceful crowd Sunday near the iconic Maracana stadium incited many to come out this week for what local news media described as the city’s largest protest in a generation. (Huffington Post)
The head of the National Security Agency on Tuesday said U.S. surveillance programs had helped disrupt more than 50 possible attacks since September 11, 2001, as sympathetic members of Congress also defended the use of the top-secret spying operations. In the first hearing dedicated to the surveillance programs since former NSA contactor Edward Snowden revealed them earlier this month, members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee showed little will for significant reforms. (Reuters)
Police in Turkey have arrested 85 people following more than two weeks of anti-government protests. Turkish Interior Minister Muammer Guler said on Tuesday that 62 people had been detained in Istanbul, Turkey’s biggest city, while 23 others had been arrested in the capital Ankara as a result of raids in several cities. (Al Jazeera)
A 98-year-old top Nazi war crimes suspect, accused of overseeing thousands of Jewish deportations during World War II, has been charged with war crimes in Hungary, prosecutors said. Laszlo Csatary, who has been under house arrest since last year, is listed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center as its most-wanted alleged Nazi war criminal. (Al Jazeera)
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. So hug tight to your teddy bears and hope for a better tomorrow, because kittens, I promise it will be.