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

Monday already? IT WAS JUST MONDAY A WEEK AGO. Here we go:

Italy earthquake
Damage from the 6.0 magnitude earthquake in Italy. Picture courtesy of CNN.

Earthquake in Italy kills at least seven. (CNN)

I hate to be the one to break it to you, but Mark Zuckerberg got married. I was probably invited to the wedding, but it went into Facebook’s weird “other” folder, and I didn’t see it until it was too late. His new wife is apparently a doctor, and apparently the only thing anybody can find out about her is from her Facebook page, which is funny to me. Here is an entire article that describes what you can find there. Timeline makes it so easy! (CNN)

Twitter is blocked in Pakistan because of data that was deemed blasphemous. Sometimes I worry that we’re headed in that direction ourselves. (CNN)

Newt Gingrich ended his campaign several million dollars in debt. I knew he wasn’t a real fiscal conservative. (CNN)

Holy fuck. A 60-year-old jogger outside of Kansas City was shot dead while on his jog. No suspects, no nothing. (CNN)

Ring of fire
So. Cool. Photo courtesy of CNN.

If you are in the western United States or eastern Asia, I hope that you tried to witness the ring of fire. As far as I’m concerned, it is the coolest of all the solar eclipses. (CNN)

I’ll Have Another won the Preakness! This is a big deal for some people. (CNN)

Diced red onions were recalled from Gills Onions because of a possible listeria contamination. I never heard of listeria until I was pregnant, when I heard about it ALL THE TIME, and then almost never again. And it always reminds me of Wisteria Lane. Apparently, it is much worse than Wisteria Lane. (CNN)

Acid attacks are so horrible. Here’s a story of a woman from Afghanistan who refused a man’s marriage proposal and was burned for it. (CNN)

Only read this story if you are feeling like panicking: methane gas is escaping from arctic glaciers, which could accelerate global warming, but hey! maybe not for a few decades. PANIC. (BBC)

The NAACP has endorsed same-sex marriage. Which reminds me: somebody on my Facebook feed (I don’t remember now who it was) said that the quest for same-sex marriage is not a civil rights issue, and to call it a civil rights issue is makes the struggles of many people invisible. I wish I had asked for clarification, because on one hand, I get it – asking to be able to marry somebody is not the same as being provided equal protection from a court or having access to education. On the other hand, marriage is a civil ordeal, and there are 1100 benefits that come with it, and to me, it seems like it is absolutely a civil rights issue. Thoughts?

And that’s it for now. 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.

11 replies on “News Appetizers: Zuckerberg Marries, Gingrich is in Debt, Methane Gas Escaping Icebergs”

High five for the NAACP. I feel like echoing what someone way more astute than me said, which is that the bigots have already lost, we’re just waiting for them to die off. I can only hope we’re less than a generation away from gay marriage no longer being a political issue, and just being a thing that exists.

Thanks to our usual cloudy weather, I got to see the eclipse without the aid of a welding mask. It was pretty awesome.

I’m just going to skip over any other horrible news points and simply add, Rock On NAACP.

(and I’d really like to see I’ll Have Another get the triple crown…)

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