Mid-Week News: The Damn Miracle

Kittens, it’s Wednesday. That means we have survived another few days, which is a damn miracle if you gauge it by how last week went. Lord, I’m surprised we made it this far. But life keeps on moving, and we keep on trucking, and thus, as do we, does the news. So suck down those mixed drinks and put on a brave face: we are diving into the mid-week news, where the worst is the worst and the best is better than the worst. You ready for this, bb? Well, you’ve come this far and have no choice.

Homer Simpson with one hand stuck in a candy machine and the other stuck in a soda machine, surrounded by first responders and police tape
Still better than the previous week

On Tuesday, Israel’s senior military intelligence analyst said there was evidence the Syrian government had repeatedly used chemical weapons in the last month, and then went on to criticize the international community for failing to respond, intensifying pressure on the Obama administration to intervene. (NY Times)

The two suspects in the Boston bombing that killed three and injured more than 260 were motivated by the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials told the Washington Post. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, “the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack,” the Post writes, citing “U.S. officials familiar with the interviews.” (Huffington Post)

Reddit has apologized for hosting online witch hunts as people used the social news website to try to expose those behind the bombing at the Boston Marathon. “Though started with noble intentions, some of the activity on Reddit fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation which spiraled into very negative consequences for innocent parties,” Reddit general manager Erik Martin said in a blog post on Monday. (Al Jazeera)

France legalized gay marriage, after a wrenching national debate that has exposed deep social conservatism in the nation’s heartland and triggered huge protests in Paris from both sides of the divide. The measure passed easily in the Socialist-majority Assembly, 331-225, just minutes after the president of the legislative body expelled a disruptive protester in pink, the color adopted by French opponents of gay marriage. (The Huffington Post)

Hackers took control of the Associated Press Twitter account on Tuesday and sent a false tweet of two explosions in the White House that briefly sent U.S. financial markets reeling. In the latest high-profile hacking incident involving social media service Twitter, an official @AP account reported that two explosions at the White House injured President Barack Obama. (Reuters)

More than half of the men held at the Guantanamo detention camp have joined an escalating hunger strike to protest their open-ended detention, a camp spokesperson has said. The U.S. military counted 84 of the 166 prisoners as hunger strikers by Monday, and was force-feeding 16 of them liquid meals through tubes inserted in their noses and down into their stomachs. Six were hospitalized for observation, said Lieutenant Colonel Samuel House, a spokesperson for the detention operation at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in southeastern Cuba. (Al Jazeera)

The explosion of the West Fertilizer Co. plant on April 17 in West, Texas, killed 14 people, injured more than 160 and destroyed dozens of buildings. Yet unlike the tragedy in Boston, the Texas plant explosion began to vanish from cable TV less than 36 hours after it occurred. Marquee correspondents like Anderson Cooper were pulled out of West and sent back to Boston, and little airtime was spared for updates from Texas, even as many town residents remained missing”¦ the media’s neglect has greatly increased the danger that the explosion will quickly be forgotten, to the detriment of U.S. workers. (Washington Post)

Are you scared? Frightened? Covering the teddy bear’s eyes and praying to the big spaghetti monster in the sky? We feel your pain and we are right there under the sheet with you. But remember kids, even when the shit looks dark and the dark looks like shit, there is hope in”¦ well”¦ it’s there somewhere. Seriously. Don’t give up, kiddos, just make room for us underneath that blanket.

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