News in Europe: Ukraine Just Got Smaller

Greetings, citizens! Things have been happening in Crimea, which is now part of Russia, or Ukraine is a bit smaller, whichever way you want to look at it. If you stay with me for all the serious news, I have a funny non-news-story from *whispers* The Daily Mail for you in the end. Oh yes. Read More News in Europe: Ukraine Just Got Smaller

News in Europe: French Chicken Porn!

Greetings, friends and Romans, and welcome to a new edition of “How are things in Ukraine?” And yes, there might be a sentence containing the above words. But later. Read More News in Europe: French Chicken Porn!

News in Europe: The Russians Are Coming

Greetings, citizens! This last week has been all about Russia freaking everyone out. Let’s see if we can make some sense of it, shall we? Read More News in Europe: The Russians Are Coming

News in Europe: Blame Switzerland!

It’s back! So much has been going on lately over on this side of the Atlantic, it would be irresponsible to keep you all in the dark. Most of it is pretty scary/annoying stuff, but there might be some mild comic relief waiting right at the end. So let’s get on with it. Read More News in Europe: Blame Switzerland!

Friday News Bites: Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remains Willfully Ignorant + Strange-But-True Stories

Friends, I lived in Spokane, Washington for seven years, where Cathy McMorris Rodgers kept getting reelected, while the Democratic party seemed to merely wring their hands and would run ineffectual candidates against her. After her barrage of campaign ads, we would then get her “surveys” in the mail asking what our “concerns” were, all with very leading GOP-talking points as potential answers. OH BELIEVE ME, I filled in that comments section. And isn’t it lovely how, despite having a son with special needs, she felt it fine to vote against the re-authorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. I’m not sure what she expected people without her government-paid insurance to do if they were in the same situation.

In sum: Well, of course I’m not surprised that she didn’t fact-check her State of the Union response.

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Italian Seismologists Found Guilty of Manslaughter

On April 6, 2009, an earthquake occurred near L’Aquila, the capital of Italy’s Abruzzo region. Around 300 people died, with many more injured or left homeless. The earthquake destroyed the town, and its effects are still starkly visible today. On October 22nd, six scientists and a government official were sentenced to six years in prison for manslaughter, more than the four year sentence requested by the prosecution, for their failures in handling the earthquake. The scientific community responded with outrage. Read More Italian Seismologists Found Guilty of Manslaughter

Book Review: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: Beautiful Ruins is an absolutely perfect book, and if you read any review that claims otherwise, then that reviewer is trying too hard to be a smug killjoy and they should not be trusted. You should perhaps ask them if they also enjoy popping children’s balloons and talking on their phone during movies because only a jerk would hate on this book.

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News Appetizers: Zuckerberg Marries, Gingrich is in Debt, Methane Gas Escaping Icebergs

Monday already? IT WAS JUST MONDAY A WEEK AGO. Here we go: Read More News Appetizers: Zuckerberg Marries, Gingrich is in Debt, Methane Gas Escaping Icebergs