Mid-Week News: Bring On the Pain

Hello, kittens, and welcome back! Here we are at another round of news appetizers, where I, your dark current events overlord and purveyor of all things newsy, will be highlighting this week’s highs, lows, and all that fluffy, nutty, and stuffy stuff in between. You might be wondering, how is this week gonna go? Doesn’t matter because the world keeps on spinnin’ and like my dear mother says, “You wake up and there are still gonna be assholes. Don’t worry, there are good folks, too.” Positively crucial! So let’s get this gravy train a-workin’ and huddle down into the mid-week news.

Still from The Simpsons of a newscaster pouring herself a glass of whine and looking shell-shocked
This is how we all feel when we read the news

A large explosion occured after a train derailment in White Marsh, MD., northeast of Baltimore, just after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Newsbreaker tweeted a dramatic photo showing a towering fire within a plume of smoke.(NBC Washington, Twitter)

A gunman randomly firing from his pickup truck killed one person and wounded five, including the sheriff of Concho County, Texas on Sunday before the suspect was killed in a shootout with law enforcement, officials said. Authorities recovered an assault rifle, a handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition from the suspect, who was said to be 23 years old and from North Carolina. The name was withheld pending notification of relatives, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement. (Huffington Post)

Canada and Russia are slamming the EU for ending a ban on arming Syrian rebels even as the Syrian regime calls the  move an “obstruction” to peace efforts. Several other countries have warned the EU against arming Syrian rebels, saying more weapons will lead to more deaths as the conflict spreads to neighboring countries. (Al Jazeera)

The Internal Revenue Service isn’t the only federal bureaucracy to be recently taken to task by its Office of the Inspector General. Amid considerably less fanfare in early May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s OIG issued a report damning the department’s oversight of pork slaughterhouses and trashing a USDA pilot program that allows plants to operate with fewer inspectors on hand. (Mother Jones)

U.S. prosecutors have indicted the operators of digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve, accusing the Costa Rica-based company of helping criminals around the world launder more than $6 billion in illicit funds linked to everything from child pornography to software for hacking into banks. The indictment, unsealed on Tuesday, said Liberty Reserve had more than a million users worldwide, including at least 200,000 in the United States, and virtually all of its business was related to suspected criminal activity. (Reuters)

That wraps us up for this mid-week-stravaganza’s worst and best news. Tune in next time for a delicious hap-dashery of news that matters, news they want you to think matters, and matters that you think should be news. But for now, it’s all over but the tears.

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