All the News that Ain’t Fit to Print

So, the loss of Google Reader has really stymied this type of post. This will be the last one I post. Sorry if you loved it. Back to focussing on reviews and random shopping and food.


Australian Army on institutional sexism: The standard you walk past is the standard you accept (Boing Boing)


PHOTOS: Hundreds Arrested in Brazil’s Bus Fare Protests (Global Voices)


Petitioning the state of Guatemala to ensure due process of law in Rios Montt genocide trial (Boing Boing)


Kazakh Minister Fired as Netizens Criticize Pension Plans (Global Voices)


Girls Are Told Not to Leave Kyrgyzstan (Global Voices)

South Korea

Pastor for South Korea’s Biggest Church Charged with Financial Crimes (Global Voices)


European Award for Helping Victims of the Spanish Mortgage Crisis (Global Voices)


More Violence for Russia’s Gays, Supporters (Global Voices)

Orphaned in US, SOPA Finds Home in Russia (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Shropshire traffic warden jailed over driver row lies (Shropshire Star)


Puffs of Smoke and other News

It’s been a long few weeks for me, and the world seems to have gone to pot at the same time. Let’s see what’s managed to catch my interest, shall we:

European Union

The Right to be Forgotten: Spain and Google Before the European Court (Global Voices)


Australia Defends Media Reforms Amid ‘Stalinism’ Claims (Moderate Voice)

Video: Police Brutality at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (Global Voices)


Former Brazilian Minister’s New Party Mixes Sustainability, Social Media (Global Voices)


Canada’s Glaciers Could Shrink by a Fifth by 2100 (Moderate Voice)

Central African Republic

Rebels Attack in Central African Republic (Global Voices) — I feel somehow that “again” should be at the end of that.


Fears of Ticket Hikes As China Scraps Indebted Railways Ministry (Global Voices)

Reuters: In China, public anger over gov’t. secrecy on environment (Boing Boing)

Thousands of Dead Pigs Found Floating in Shanghai River (Global Voices) — Ew. and I say again. Ew.


Video: Greece Austerity Protests Teargassed (Global Voices)


Changing Attitudes on Child Marriage in India (Global Voices)

Man Accused in Delhi Gang-Rape Commits Suicide (Moderate Voice)

Indian Censor Board Restricts Papilio Buddha, A Gandhi Critic Movie (Global Voices)


Italy: Naples Burns as Fire Destroys Interactive Museum ‘Città della Scienza’ (Global Voices)


Japan extracts gas from methane hydrate, ‘Flammable Ice’ (Boing Boing)


Should Alcohol be Legalised in Libya? (Global Voices) — I’m totally biased on this question. Yep. It should be. Then, you can control the quality and tax the Hell out of it. And all the good Muslims can look down on the Muslims who drink. And the Catholics in the country can laugh and get drunk like the priests. The Jews can drink wine like the rabbis. And everyone else can just roll their eyes at all of them.


Malaysians Support Army Offensive Against Sabah ‘Terrorists’ (Global Voices)


Mexican eco-terrorists declare war on nanotechnology, threaten scientists (Boing Boing)


Moldova Without Government: What’s Next – East or West? (Global Voices)


Myanmar’s Exiled Broadcaster to Return Home (Global Voices)


Angry Mob Torches Christian Neighbourhood in Pakistan (Global Voices)


Election of First Latin American Pope Stuns Analysts (Moderate Voice)

Pope Francis: A New Center of Gravity (Moderate Voice)

The New Pope Speaks to Vatican Crowd (VIDEO) (The Moderate Voice)

New Pope, Jorge Bergoglio, is Argentinian (Global Voices)

Bergoglio, Age 76, A New Pope (The Moderate Voice)

Argentine Pope Elected (The Moderate Voice)

New Pope Elected: Live Blogging (AFP) (Moderate Voice)

Cardinals Poised to Begin Historic Conclave (Moderate Voice)

Breaking the Silence: Secrets of Papal Elections (The Moderate Voice)

As cardinals gather to elect Pope, Catholic officials break into a sweat over news that priests share €23m building with huge gay sauna (The Independent)


How Using Twitter Can End Your Political Campaign in Russia (Global Voices)

Propaganda & Mystery in Russia’s Browder-Magnitsky Case (Global Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Court Sentences Reformists to 10 and 11 Years in Prison (Global Voices)


“Ten Years Without Zoran Djindjic”: Serbia Honors Slain Politician (Global Voices)

South Korea

South Koreans Rip ‘Chicken Hawk’ Politicians As War Rhetoric Heats Up (Global Voices)


Taiwan Denies Entry to Anti-Nuke Visitor Ahead of Protest (Global Voices)


Self-immolations Continue in Tunisia (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

LibDems leave over support for secret trials; I resign from the party (Boing BOing)


The Curious Case of Hugo Chávez and Peru (Global Voices)

AP: Chavez made “meager” gains, only reduced poverty, didn’t build the world’s tallest building (Boing Boing)

The Curious Case of Hugo Chávez and Peru (Global Voices)

Death of Hugo Chavez a CIA Plot? Views from Venezuela, Bolivia and Russia (The Moderate Voice)


Digitizing the National Library of Vietnam (Global Voices)

Last Raw Deal goin’ down

So, the Pope’s retired and the North Korea is doing nuclear tests. We’re just having a banner year already. Put it in your diaries, cousins. You’ll want your grandkids to remember this s**t.


Video of Brutal Beating of Women Shocks Angola (Global Voices)


Lake-drilling team discovers life under the ice (Nature) — Hey, I already knew about this. I watch X-files… Oh, that’s not a documentary? Who knew?


Australian Sport: Drugs, Match Fixing Linked to Organised Crime (Global Voices) — Are you shocked? I’m not. Seriously, drugs and match fixing. It’s the basis for a goodly number of enterprises for org. crime.


#Shahbag Protesters Bid Farewell to Brutally Murdered Blogger (Global Voices)

Videos from #Shahbag, Bangladesh’s Generation Square (Global Voices)

Bangladesh Unites at Shahbag for 42-Year-Old War Crimes (Global Voices)

Bangladeshi Women Join Shahbag Protests in Remarkable Numbers (Global Voices)

In Pictures: The Protesting Crowd In Shahbag (Global Voices)

#Shahbag in a 144 Characters (Global Voices)


Bolivia: Indigenous Communities Battle for Territory (Global Voices)


With Corruption All Too Common, Brazil Pushes Back (Global Voices)

‘Follow the Pope’s Lead,’ Brazil Tells Senate President (Global Voices)


Bulgarian Police Attack Anti-Government Protesters (Global Voices)


One Phone Call is Not Enough: Court Rules You Have the Right to Google a Lawyer (Michael Geist)

Canadian cops can use electronic surveillance without reporting it (Boing Boing)

Canada’s Internet snooping bill is dead (Boing Boing)


Beijing Must Punish Pyongyang, But Never Join Anti-North Alliance (Huanqiu, People’s Republic of China) (Moderate Voice)

Citizens Document Extreme Water Pollution in China (Global Voices)

Chinese Planned to Kill Drug Lord With Drone (Moderate Voice)


Colombia: Shots Continue to Ring Out in Medellín (Global Voices) — When I wrote that short story, I never expected it to become *real* in any way.


Ecuador: Central Bank President Resigns Amid Forged Degree Scandal (Global Voices)


Pirate Bay calls cops on Finnish copyright enforcement thugs that ripped off its website (Boing Boing)


Horsemeat Scandal Spreads as French Retailers Pull Foods (Moderate Voice) — So, what’s the bigger deal? The fact that the meat is not as advertised, or that people are actually eating horses?


From Whispers to Outcry: Sexism in Germany (Global Voices)


Honduran President vs. Freedom of the Press (Global Voices)

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Activist Jailed for Burning Chinese Flag (Global Voices)


Students to Protest Constitutional Amendment (Global Voices)


India at the Forefront of One Billion Rising (Global Voices)


Indonesia’s Bill on Mass Organizations (Global Voices)


Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ice cream budget frozen (ontd_political)


Japan’s Porn Law is Strangling Artists (Global Voices)

Imposed 66 Years Ago, the Time Has Come to Revise Our ‘Pacific Constitution’ (Iwate Nippo Shimbun, Japan) (Moderate Voice)

Japan’s Conservation Groups Fight to Preserve Wetlands (Global Voices)

Okinawans Will No Longer be ‘Pawned Away’ to Curry American Favor (Ryukyu Shimpo Shimbun, Japan) (Moderate Voice)


Fatwa Snowballs, Kashmir’s First All-Girl Band Calls it Quits (Global Voices)


Kenya’s Presidential Elections Go High-Tech (Global Voices)


Targeted by Kuwaiti Police, Stateless Video Blogger Calls it Quits (Global Voices)


A Second Revolution in Libya? (Global Voices)


Australian Senator Deported for ‘Interfering’ in Malaysian Politics (Global Voices)


The Idleness of African Leadership in Mali (Global Voices)


Mauritanians Protest Tahrir Square Assaults (Global Voices)


Rights group faults Mexico over abductions (Al Jazeera)


Myanmar: Media Freedom Still Under Threat (Global Voices)

E-Mails of Reporters in Myanmar Are Hacked (NYT) – Hmmm… a mostly repressive government reading emails, hmmm…

North Korea

North Korea’s blast: China Holds the Cards (Moderate Voice)

North Korea Stokes Global Fury with Nuclear Test (Moderate Voice)

North Korea Conducts 3rd Nuclear Test (Global Voices)

North Korea conducts third nuclear test in DPRK history (Boing Boing) – Okay, so this likely links back to the same story, but it’s got a better picture.


Pakistan’s Hazara Shias Demand Arrests, Protection After Deadly Bombing (Global Voices)


Peru: Heavy Rains Affect Arequipa (Global Voices)

Rome <– You did remember that this is its own country right? The Pope's actually the leader of a nation, not just a religion?

Pope’s Resignation Echoes in Africa (Global Voices)

Latin America: Pope Resigns – Hope, Humour and Speculation Follow (Global Voices)

Pope Benedict XVI Resigns (UDATE 2 with ROUNDUP) (The Moderate Voice)

Papal Frontrunners Include Two Africans And One Canadian (The Moderate Voice)

Pope’s Brother Knew of Planned Resignation (Moderate Voice) — Well, God forbid the man talk to his *family* rather than the press first. The nerve.

Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation: Live Report (Moderate Voice) – Well, not so live anymore.

How Will the Catholic Church Handle a Living Ex-Pope? (The Moderate Voice) — Well, hopefully, he’ll retire to a monastery with a bunch of other retired priests and live out his life praying and working in the garden.

A Non-European Pope (The Moderate Voice) — I think it would be cool to have an African pope. I mean, it’s not like it’s going to necessarily change anything in terms of the direction of the church – given the power of the Curiate – but a little new blood in the papacy would be welcome.

The Paradoxes of Pope Benedict (The Moderate Voice)

America’s ‘Pulse’ Is Having a Bad Day (The Moderate Voice)


Incredible details are emerging about Russia’s Chelyabinsk meteor

A Fistful of Bloggers: Russian MP Pressured to Resign (Global Voices)

Meteor explodes over Russia (Boing BOing)

“Pedophile’s Guide” Lands Russian Blogging Platform on Blacklist (Global Voices) — I’ve an idea. How about leaving it live and spying on it somehow. Like a little malicious script that will let you see who’s reading it.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Hospital Gives HIV, Minister Gives iPad (Global Voices)

Saudi Women Protesters Arrested for “Impairing Development” (Global Voices)


Is Senegal’s Government Spokesman Selling Out? (Global Voices)

South Africa

Pistorius sobs as court hears murder charge (Chicago Tribune)


Spain: lawmakers want bullfighting to be protected as cultural heritage (Boing Boing) — That’s like saying that America should protect dog fighting. No. Just No. That which was acceptable in the past, is not exactly what is acceptable in the future.

Under Pressure, Spain Opens Door to Foreclosure Reform (Global Voices)

Spain: Bail of 8,1 Million Euro for the King’s Son-in-law (Global Voices)


Taiwanese Writer Finds Poetry in Laid-off Workers’ Railway Protest (Global Voices)


Journalist’s Stabbing a ‘Warning’ for Tajik Opposition (Global Voices)


Turkey: Lynch Attempt on Kurdish Members of Parliament in Sinop (Global Voices)

United Kingdom

TESCO attaches tracking armbands to employees (Boing Boing)

UK “forced labor” welfare scheme nailed in court (Boing Boing) — There’s a huge difference between “prove to us your trying to find a job” and “do this unpaid labor for for-profit companies so I get my kickback.”

Guerrilla Benchers replace street furniture removed to discourage homeless people (Boing Boing0

London mayor praises horse meat (Boing Boing)


‘He’s back!’ Chavez in Venezuela after Cancer Surgery (Moderate Voice)


Protester Sets Himself on Fire, Yemen Remembers the Revolution (Global Voices)

Up and Down on the Hobby Horse – world news

Things never seem to change. Really. There’s always just one more dreadful story. And while I’d love to promote only fun stories, I think the depressing ones are important. As always, these are links to the things that caught my attention.


China’s health aid in Africa leads to flood of fake drugs (Boing Boing)


Armenian Blogger on Trial for Satire Photo of Politician (Global Voices)


Australia legalizes violent video games (Boing Boing)

Central African Republic

Journalist Killed During Ceasefire Talks in Central African Republic (Global Voices)

Czech Republic

Přednádraží Still Stands: Czech Roma Community Resists Evictions (Global Voices)


Murder Trail Leads to Russian Facebook of Horrors (Global Voices) <– Remember innocent until proven guilty. But the immediate reactions from the social networks is fascinating.


Zonguldak Accident Draws Attention to Turkish Miners’ Plight
(Global Voices)

United Kingdom

Top UK entertainer sexually abused hundreds, mostly children (Boing Boing)


Venezuela’s future uncertain amid Chavez absence (Moderate Voice)


Reconciliation Day in Southern Yemen (Global Voices)

What a world! What a world!

And I don’t even like that movie.

Anyhow, these are the stories that caught my eye recently.

Nobel Prizes

The First Chinese Laureate: Mo Yan Wins the Nobel Prize for Literature (Writer’s Write)

United Nations

Latin American Nations Push UN to Drop Zero Tolerance on Drugs (The Moderate Voice)


Australian Prime Minister Gillard’s Sexism Speech Sparks Divisive Reaction (The Moderate Voice)

Australian PM lances a sexist boil in Parliament (Boing Boing)

Australian Attorney General says that public scrutiny of spying bill would not be in the public interest (Boing Boing) <– I don't know about you, but when I hear that, the only thing I can think is "what the *Hell* is this man trying to cover up.


Austrian Daredevil Felix Baumgartner Breaks Sound Barrier in Record Space Jump (The Moderate Voice)


Bhutan Aims to Be First 100% Organic Nation (The Moderate Voice)


Brazil to roll out national radio-chip ID/surveillance/logging for all vehicles (BOing Boing)


Kids are at Home, with Parents, in Bolivia Prisons (The Moderate Voice)


Canadian Teen Who Posted Anti-Bullying Video Commits Suicide (

What Canada stands to lose in the war on science (Boing Boing)


Ai Weiwei guest-edits the New Statesman, which pirates itself to evade the Great Firewall of China (Boing Boing)


Climate of Fear Takes Hold in France’s Jewish community (The Moderate Voice)


German teen sells mum’s jewels for brothel visit (Reuters)

Twitter censors Germans’ access to Neo-Nazi group’s Twitter account (Boing Boing)


Antifascist Greek protesters say they were tortured by police (Boing Boing)

GreeceWatch: Troika Spat, Cuts Near, Rightist Rage (Guest Voice) (The Moderate Voice)


India’s Top Court Orders Toilets for Every School (The Moderate Voice)

India’s 50,000 Missing Children (The Moderate Voice)

India Fights to Protect Traditional Home Remedies (The Moderate Voice)


The Help: Status, Servants and Double Standards in Lebanon (The Global Mail)


Libya Consulate Was Invaded, Torched by Armed Mob: US (The Moderate Voice)

Attack on U.S. Consulate and Citizens Must Never Be Repeated (Quryna, Libya) (The Moderate Voice)


Dutch government gives itself the right to break into your computer and destroy it (Boing Boing)


To summarize the below: The Taliban are whiney, scared, little boys, who can’t handle the idea that a woman is a person and has the ability to think, learn, and succeed. To prove to their spineless little wonder-worm that they’re better than women, they attacked a little girl. Brilliant, a******les.

All my love, affection, good wishes, and compassion go to Malala Yousafzia

Pakistan Child Rights Activist Shot in Head: Doctors (THe Moderate Voice)

Online diaries of girl who took on Taliban and was shot as punishment (BOing Boing)

Taliban Vow Again to Kill Pakistani Girl (The Moderate Voice)

Shot Pakistani girl shows improvement: military (The Moderate Voice)

Pakistan Child Activist Facing ‘Critical’ 36-48 Hours (The Moderate Voice)

Doctors Hopeful for Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban (The Moderate Voice)

Why Malala Yousafzia Matters (The Moderate Voice)


The Decent People: LGBT pride in the former Yugoslavia (Boing Boing)


Fury in Spain Boils Over at Mitt Romney’s Debate Remark (Spanish Newspaper Roundup) (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UK website taken down by spurious copyright complaint regarding UK ultra-right groups (Boing Boing)

Cheating F1 team wins the right to deduct its fines from its taxes (Boing BOing)

UK surveillance bill: 19,000 letters opposing, 0 in favour (Boing BOing)

As it happened: Gary McKinnon extradition decision (BBC)

Gary McKinnon on the decision not to extradite him to the USA (Boing Boing)

Spinnin’ ‘Round and ‘Round – world news

Somehow I never seem to get ahead of these stories. Wonder why? Okay, so maybe there’s too much news in the world. This is what’s made it through my filter.


London 2012: Oscar Pistorius set to make history at Olympics (BBC)

Sarah Robles: The strongest woman in America lives on $400 a month
(Boing Boing)

US Olympic Committee says sorry to knitters whom it claimed “denigrated” the games
(Boing BOing)

European Union

Powerful EU committee rejects ACTA – now it’s unanimous (Boing Boing)

EU: software licenses may be sold by consumers (Boing Boing)


Aussie parliamentary committee hates ACTA, too (Boing Boing)

Australians find a vampire-like mosquito that breeds and lurks beneath cities (i09)

Stephanie Rice, gold-medal swimmer, criticized for wearing racy swimsuit (Ontd_Political)

Are Australians Really Dumb, Drunk and Racist? (Ontd_political)


Canada expands citizen’s arrest powers for private security personnel
(Security Director News)

“Every Inuit in Nunavut knows someone in their family or in their community that is hungry that day” (ontd_political)

Canadian fed court: linking isn’t copyright infringement, neither is excerpting an article (Boing Boing)

Canada creates new national security program (Security Director News)

Montrealers protest peacefully, reports conspicuously absent from mainstream media (ontd_Political)

Canada’s apocalyptically crap copyright law passes (but it could have been worse) (Boing Boing)

Rohinton Mistry’s fairy-tale about Canadian neocons (Boing Boing)


As Shenzou 9 returns to earth, China makes space history: analysis from Miles O’Brien + Leroy Chiao (video) (Boing Boing)

China Unearths Over 100 New Terracotta Warriors (Discovery News)

Chinese corruption and looting on a vast scale: industry, government, and military
(boing Boing)


Assange seeks asylum at Ecuador embassy (Boing Boing)

Offering Assange Asylum May Have Negative Consequences for Ecuador (Hoy, Ecuador) (The Moderate Voice)


Hosni Mubarak Reported “Clinically Dead” (The Moderate Voice)

Egypt’s Morsi Says He’ll Rethink Camp David Accord and Build Stronger Iran Ties (The Moderate Voice)

Egyptians Elect MB Islamist Morsi (The Moderate Voice)

Ahmed Shafik Reportedly To Be Egyptian President (The Moderate Voice)


Germany sets world record for amount of solar power generated in a single day (Ontd_science)


Iran Twice Threatens to Walk Out of ‘Complicated and Difficult’ Talks (Kommersant, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)


Illegal downloaders now facing jail as Japan passes new laws (The Vinyl Factory)


Benjamin Netanyahu Undercut! (The Moderate Voice)


Political Refugee Assange Deserves His Freedom – and Our Nation’s Thanks (La Jornada, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

PRI Wins Mexican Elections (The Moderate Voice)

Mexican doctors successfully remove 33-pound tumor from body of 2-year-old child (Washington Post)

DEA’s ‘El Chapo Fiasco’ Sets Drug War Back for ‘Years’ (El Universal, Mexico) (The Moderate Voice)

Mexican media scandal: secretive Televisa unit promoted PRI candidate (The Guardian)


Belgian tourist missing in Himalayas found dead with her head cut off (Boing Boing)

New Zealand

Kim Dotcom raid was illegal, New Zealand judge rules (Boing Boing)

North Korea

North Korea rebranded: Kim Jong Un attempts to give country new image by allowing residents to have mobiles and eat pizza (Daily Mail UK)


CIA fake vaccine program will have wide-ranging effects on health of Pakistani children (Boing Boing)

Pakistan cracks down on pot-bellied police (Reuters)


Girls FC (Al Jazeera)


The Mystery Unfolds of Poland’s ‘Extraterritorial’ CIA Prison (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland) (The Moderate Voice)

America’s ‘Trojan Horse in Europe’ is About to Bolt (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland) (The Moderate Voice)

Republic of the Congo

Gorillas Rebuilding After Ebola Outbreak (ontd_political)


Why the Kremlin Opposes Assad’s Immediate Ouster (Izvestia, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Good Guys vs. Bad Guys: Russia Today is the Latter (Gazeta, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Court prohibits all gay pride parades in Moscow for the next 100 years (ontd_political)

Israelis and Russians Bound Again by Battle Against Nazis (Kommersant, Russia) (The Moderate Voice)

Saudi Arabia

Saudi man executed for ‘witchcraft and sorcery’ (BBC)


Switzerland is one gigantic booby-trap (Boing Boing)


Defense Update: Syrian Downing of Turkish Reconnaissance Aircraft — Questions Are Raised (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Defense Update: Tensions over Syrian Downing of Turkish Fighter Jet (UPDATED) (The Moderate Voice)

Moscow’s Military Action in Syria a ‘Gift’ to Washington (An Nahar, Lebanon) (The Moderate Voice)

United Kingdom

UPDATED: Home Secretary to UK net activists (Boing Boing)

London police crowdsource the panopticon (boing Boing)

Assange to UK cops: No, I will not come out of my Ecuadorean embassy (Boing Boing)

UK immigration test to focus on Shakespeare and Christianity instead of human rights and civics (Boing Boing)

100,000 Poems Dropped Over London (Writers Write)

G4S boss predicts mass privatisation of UK police forces (Boing Boing)

UK spying bill is King George III 2.0 (Boing Boing)

Jimmy Wales to UK Home Secretary: don’t render Richard O’Dwyer to the USA (Boing Boing)


Bike Zambia to fight HIV/AIDS (Boing Boing)

World News that Ain’t No Joke

Happy April Fool’s Day.
I really wish that some of the stories below *were* hoaxes. Sadly, they’re not.


‘Mr president, I want an answer’ (Al-Jazeera)

World News: U.S. Pays ‘Blood Money’ to Afghan Shooting Victims’ Families (


Austrian saws off own foot to avoid work – report (Reuters)


Less range but more space for lasting change (Ontd_political)

Australia’s hidden stash of censored books (Boing Boing)

Australia’s government won’t disclose its secret copyright meetings because knowing what went on isn’t in the public interest (Boing Boing)


Massive Protest in Quebec Against Tuition Fees Hikes (ontd_political)

Miss Universe Canada disqualifies Vancouver-based transsexual contestant

Ontario Appeal Court nixes brothel ban; gives government one year to rewrite law (ontd_political)

Canadian Penny Killed in Canada (ontd_political)

Canadian cops want to add a spying tax to phone bills to pay for warrantless wiretapping (Boing Boing)


Landmark ruling for LGBT rights in Chile (Boing Boing)


China’s ageing population and the “demographic time-bomb” (Boing BOing)

Anonymous set of photos labelled “Pics from a Chinese gangsters phone” show torture, cars, puppies, piles of money (Boing Boing)


Alleged Islamic militant suspected of murdering children and their Rebbe, is dead in France after standoff (The Moderate Voice)


Pirate Party wins seats in second German state (boing BOing)

German man accused of injuring child with poisoned chocolate bunny (Boing Boing)


In economically devastated Greece, internet-enabled barter economy rises (Boing Boing)

Greece Has Two Problems: (i) Who Is Going to Eat the Losses on Its Current Debt? (ii) How Is It Going to Balance Its Trade and Its Government Finances Going Forward? (Brad deLong)


Narendra Modi: India’s Next Prime Minister? (The Moderate Voice)


Venice Sinking More Than Previously Thought (Discovery News)


U.S. Transcripts on Fukushima ‘Shame’ Japanese Leadership (Too Nippo Shimbun, Japan) (The MOderate Voice)


Mexico hit by magnitude 7.6 quake (updated) (Boing Boing)

Strong Quake Strikes Near Acapulco (The Moderate Voice)

The Netherlands

Dutch Catholic Church accused of castrating 10 young men (Boing Boing)

North Korea

U.S. President Has ‘Misperception’ About ‘Peaceful’ Satellite Launch (Korean Central News Agency, North Korea) (The Moderate Voice)


Norway’s new Minister of International Development is a D&D champ who thinks LARPs can change the worlds (Boing Boing)

Oglala Sioux

Oglala Sioux press suit to shut down illegal sale of 4.5 million cans of beer to


National Anti-Gay Bill Submitted to Russian Duma (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen pay to save The Hobbit pub from trademark trolls (Boing Boing)

London thinktank has already lofted a fleet of swarming file-sharing drones (Boing Boing)

UK tories embroiled in Cornish Pasty row (Boing Boing)

UK MPs recommend laws compelling Google to censor search results (Boing Boing) — really? The UK is turning into China…?

Tory MP complains of Gurkhas “sitting” and “wandering” in his town (ontd_political)

Virgin Islands

Gay cruise not so gay after two arrested on “buggery” in Caribbean (Boing Boing)