Welcome back children, welcome back. Each week you fly back with me into the ether of the terrifying and the absurd. Mostly the absurd. Here we attempt to understand what is going on in this big, crazy world of ours, one news bite at a time. Let’s jump right into the topics that make us swirl our brains to process the all the goods, shall we?The death toll surpassed 500 on Thursday from Egypt’s bloodiest crackdown on supporters of its deposed Islamist president, as violent new protests erupted in the country and world condemnation widened, including an angry response by President Obama and calls for a suspension of European economic aid. Mohamad Fathallah, the spokesman for Egypt’s Health Ministry, told the official Al Ahram website that as of midday Thursday, the casualties from the Wednesday violence totaled 525 dead and 3,717 injured. (New York Times)
Egypt is becoming “dangerously polarised,” says UN human rights and commissioner for human rights Navi Pillay. Live updates on the situation are being listed at The Guardian. (The Guardian)
Bradley Manning, who was convicted last month of leaking an enormous collection of classified documents to WikiLeaks, has said he now regrets his actions and that he was “sorry that they hurt the United States.” “I am sorry for unintended consequence of my actions. When I made these decisions, I believed I was going to help people, not hurt people,” Manning told his sentencing hearing, in an attempt to receive a reduced sentence. The 25-year-old was found guilty of several counts under the Espionage Act, but acquitted of the most serious charge of “aiding the enemy.” He is facing a possible jail sentence of up to 90 years when he is sentenced next week. (The Guardian)
World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar Darren Young surprised a TMZ cameraman when he came out as gay during an impromptu interview at Los Angeles International Airport. A videographer stopped Young while he was getting his bags at LAX Wednesday and asked the 33-year-old if he thinks a gay wrestler could be successful within the WWE organization. “Absolutely,” Young said, laughing. “Look at me. I’m a WWE Superstar and, to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay, and I’m happy. Very happy.” (Huffington Post)
Well loves, that wraps up another week of the good, the bad, and the really bad. But remember, even in the worst of times, seek comfort in that which you love and that which generates good. Until next week – keep the faith. We certainly need it.