News Appetizers: Amsterdam Train Collision, Obama Fundraises, Don’t Cull the Badgers!

Mooooooonday! Also known as fun-day, amiright? Here, in easily digestible bits, is your day’s news:

The French election is heating up, with Sarkozy’s main rival, Francois Hollande, claiming victory in round 1 of the elections. Beware: he is a socialist. (CNN)

Ted Nugent got in big trouble for killing one too many bears in Alaska. Which is… in the news because of the terrible things that he said about Obama? Anyway, he’s going to pay $10,000 and not hunt or fish in Alaska for a year. (CNN)

Wall of beer cans
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Look at this gallery of a house made out of beer cans. I know that they probably washed out the cans first, but I can’t shake the feeling that it smells like a really gross frat basement in there. (CNN)

125 people were injured, several critically, when two trains collided in Amsterdam. Public transportation accidents terrify me. Stay safe, everyone. (CNN)

The U.N. has authorized 300 unarmed observers to go to Syria. Godspeed. (CNN)

Fuck. The mother of a mentally disabled teenager in South Africa is blaming the cops for not protecting the girl after she was raped a first time, and then a second time. This time, she was probably kidnapped and used as a sex-slave, and a cell-phone video of her rape went viral. They’ve captured the men, and placed the girl in a safe-house, but fuck. (CNN)

The U.S. has pledged to give support to Afghanistan for the next ten years; the draft of the deal hasn’t been made public, but it looks like financial and possible military support, to encourage stability after we pull our military out. (NYTimes)

Iran says that the drone that they captured is now going to be a prototype for their very own drone. The U.S. officials are scoffing, saying that it’s way too complicated to be replicated. Iran says they cracked the code, though. (CNN)

Jenn Suhr, Olympic pole vaulter. Photo courtesy of

Remember when I tried to be a pole vaulter for like two weeks in high school? THIS WOMAN, JENN SUHR, DID IT AND DID IT WELL. And now she’s going to the Olympics, and I will root for her, but deep down I will kind of think if I had just stuck it out I’d probably be in her position right now. (NPR)

So far, Obama is raising more money than Romney, and that makes me very happy. (NPR)

Remember all those rape kits that had been abandoned that were found in 2009? Yeah, they’re still unprocessed, and probably will remain so. (NPR)

877 dolphins have washed up on the shore of Peru, and nobody knows why. They are saying possible virus outbreak. DO NOT CLICK THE LINK IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO SEE A GRAPHIC PICTURE OF A DEAD DOLPHIN. (CNN)

The European debt crisis has led to a sharp increase in suicides in Italy, Greece, and Ireland. (NPR)

Don't cull the badgers! Because they are my house animal. Photo courtesy of

The British government is planning on culling badgers in order to cut down on bovine TB, but their plans have been challenged in court. Related: I got sorted by two separate websites into Hufflepuff, which means it is set in stone.

Wow. This study says that breast cancer is not one disease, but ten separate diseases, and should be treated as such. Wow. (BBC)

The website closed down; looks like it was bought out. It encouraged people to send in nude photos and videos of their exes as a form of revenge, and the 26-year-old owner is a slimy, gross human being. I say this because I heard an interview of him on “On The Media,” and he was slimy and gross. Even now, he sounds slimy and gross. He says he was burnt out, and tired of having to go through all the hoops when it was time to report under-age porn that was submitted. Gross. (BBC)

There is a little girl missing in Tucson – 6-year-old Isabel Mercedes Celis has been missing since Saturday morning. My heart seizes up at this kind of news. (NYTimes)

And that’s all we’ve got for you for this Monday. Until next time, keep fighting the good fight.

By Susan

I am old and wise. Perhaps more old than wise, but once you're old, you don't give a shit about details anymore.

9 replies on “News Appetizers: Amsterdam Train Collision, Obama Fundraises, Don’t Cull the Badgers!”

While I vastly appreciate “Cat Scratch Fever” , Nugent strikes me as a the perceived working collar version of Mittens Romney (while most likely in a similar tax bracket) . Did you know in 1978, Nugent began a relationship with seventeen-year-old and because of the age difference they could not marry so Nugent joined Massa’s parents in signing documents to make himself her legal guardian? Ew.

Anyway, as someone who grew up within a hunting culture (though not big game/ anything that you just intended to mount on your wall for shits and giggles, but to you know, actually eat), I know plenty of avid gun lovers who despise Nugent because of his extremism towards gun laws / hunting.

I think the reason he sets my teeth on edge so badly is because he keeps on about how he’s from Detroit. Honestly, Madonna with her acquired British accent is more of an accurate representation of Detroit culture than Nugent. Not only is he kind of an awful person, he’s considered an icon of my hometown. And my hometown couldn’t be less Ted Nugenty if it tried.

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