Welcome back you delicious, delectable intelligent beings, you makers of the known, you dreamers of dreams. We convene at this little spot for another week where we dive into the abyss to uncover the why, the who, and the how. Each go ’round, we take a look at the news, reading every word of what can be a mad, mad world, and wonder how to get off this merry-go-round of absolute insanity. And this week, well. It has been nothing but insane, and I don’t mean the fun kind. So buckle your seat belt, and tighten your emotional girdles, let’s hop like pop right into the current events that make us go, “Ugh,” and bury our head into the sand.
“The explosives used to kill three people and injure 176 at the Boston Marathon on Monday were most likely some kind of ‘pressure-cooker’ devices that sent sharp bits of shrapnel flying into victims in the vicinity of the blast, several law enforcement officials said Tuesday. Surgeons at several Boston hospitals told televised news conferences on Tuesday that the explosive devices had apparently been packed with small pellets and sharp ‘nail-like’ objects that were designed to maim their victims. The new details about the explosives emerged as President Obama announced at the White House that the F.B.I. was investigating the attack as ‘an act of terrorism,’ but said that it was unclear if it had been carried out by an individual or a group, foreign or domestic. Two of the three people who were killed in the bombing were identified by relatives on Tuesday: Martin Richard, an 8-year-old from Dorchester, and Krystle Campbell, 29, of the Boston suburb of Arlington. Officials had yet to identify the third victim as of Tuesday afternoon.” (NY Times)
Obama has already called the deadly marathon explosions “heinous and cowardly” and a “terrorist act” as Massachusetts authorities appeal for images or audio. (Al Jazeera)
April seems to be an especially cruel month: The attack on Boston joins a list of April incidents, including the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski’s arrest, the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the siege at the Branch Davidian compound (April 19, 1993) outside Waco, Texas, and an ongoing, never-ending depressing list of awful things. (NPR)
Let it be known that it wasn’t just Boston that experienced the awful: A quake in Iran with a magnitude of 7.8 struck several Iranian provinces adjoining the Pakistan border. In Iraq, at least 33 were killed and more than 160 were wounded in a string of attacks across country ahead of next week’s provincial polls. (Al Jazeera)
Venezuelan President-elect Nicolas Maduro accused the opposition on Tuesday of planning a coup against him after seven government supporters were killed in violent clashes over his disputed election victory. (Reuters)
As we stare blank-eyed and slack-jawed at the news headlines, brain juice leaking out our skulls, and think, “How did I get here?”, take comfort in the fact that we just have to keep going and keep trying. So until next time, kiddies, may the bridges you burn light the way, and may the news of the day be the stuff that doesn’t keep you up at night. Adieu.