Kittens and caboodles – Greetings and welcome, for you have returned for another week of debauchery in the form of a written anecdote, slathered in the “truthiness,” and topped off with some bullshit, all like the news-based sundaes of your dreams.
[dropcap1 variation=”teal”]E[/dropcap1]ach time we come back, fresh as a dove, and dive into the mystery that is whatever the hell is going on with our cruel world, with its twists and turns, and what seems to be the all around dance into backwardness. But nevertheless, we push on, and carry forth, holding our breath and working for better times. Let’s dare to go on”¦
[fancy_link link=”http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/world/europe/anti-putin-demonstrators-gather-in-moscow.html?smid=pl-share” variation=”teal” target=”blank”]On Tuesday, anti-Putin demonstrators gathered in Moscow[/fancy_link], continuing the backlash against Russia’s government. 10,000 protesters were estimated to be present. The New York Times also went on to state that the Parliament had recently created a law that, “Levies fines of $9,000 for individuals participating in rallies that cause harm to people or property – a devastating penalty in a country whose average yearly salary is around $8,500.” (NY Times)
[fancy_link link=”http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/06/12/154827224/syrian-children-are-being-killed-tortured-and-used-as-shields-u-n-says” variation=”teal” target=”blank”]NPR is reporting that since the beginning of the violence in Syria[/fancy_link], children have been the predominant victims of not only “killing and maiming,” but “arbitrary arrest, detention, torture and ill-treatment, including sexual violence, by the Syrian Armed Forces, the intelligence forces, and the Shabbiha militia”¦ children between 8 and 13 were forcibly taken from their homes and used by soldiers as human shields, placing them in front of the windows of buses carrying military personnel into the raid on villages. Schools have been regularly raided, used as military bases and detention centres. In detention, girls and boys were beaten, blindfolded, subjected to stress positions and to electrical shocks, as well as whipped with heavy electrical cables.” (NPR)
[fancy_link link=”http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2012/06/201261204937968609.html” variation=”teal” target=”blank”]The first witness in the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach[/fancy_link], Jerry Sandusky, has testified, stating that Sandusky “molested him in the locker-room showers and in hotels while trying to ensure his silence with gifts and trips to bowl games.” Sandusky faces 52 counts over the charges that he sexually abused 10 boys over 15 years. (Al Jazeera)
[fancy_link link=”http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/06/when_it_comes_to_where_cece_mcdonald_will_serve_her_time_the_devil_is_in_the_details.html” variation=”teal” target=”blank”]Why is CeCe McDonald being housed as a man[/fancy_link] at the Minnesota state prison at St. Cloud and why are there still no resources for transgender persons who end up in jail? (Colorlines)
[fancy_link link=”http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/06/is_this_the_calm_before_another_storm_how_the_economy_may_get_worse_fast.html” variation=”teal” target=”blank”]The economy[/fancy_link]. Yeah, it’s probably going to get worse. (Colorlines)
Apparently, [fancy_link link=”http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/13362/trouble_in_the_heartland” variation=”teal” target=”blank”] there is such a thing known as the “warmist conspiracy”[/fancy_link] and they are throwin’ up billboards with the Unabomber’s face on it. The joys of the free market. (In These Times)
With the continuing war on, oh, I don’t know, just about everyone who isn’t Mitt Romney, the pace has picked up against the [fancy_link link=”http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/13351/the_war_on_old_folks” variation=”teal” target=”blank”]elderly[/fancy_link] and [fancy_link link=”http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/13341/the_war_on_whistleblowers” variation=”teal” target=”blank”]whistleblowers[/fancy_link]. (In These Times)
Art thou not entertained? Seriously, apparently that’s what the news does these days, so I hope you hadn’t walked in here expecting educational tidbits and top-of-the-moment updates on the world at large. But like the day that ends, so has our time here come to a close. So until the next time we reconvene for what seems to be the world coming off its rocker, remember kittens: treat each other well, because most folks don’t seem interested in doing so. See above.
And until next time, adieu, adieu.