Serious Business of the World

As always, these are the stories that have caught my eye, nothing more, nothing less.

Olympics

UPDATED: 17-y-o arrested in England for sending nasty tweet to losing Olympian (Boing BOing)

Olympics spectator with Parkinson’s wants ‘exoneration’ after arrest (The Guardian)

Why do Olympic records keep getting broken? (Boing BOing)

Wikileaks – Assange

Ecuador’s president denies granting asylum to Wikileaks’ Assange (Boing BOing)

WikiLeaks: From ‘Torch of Democracy’ to Anti-American ‘Cudgel’ (Die Presse, Austria) (The Moderate Voice)

UK/Ecuador Assange asylum standoff continues (Boing BOing)

A Global Glimpse at the Diplomatic Standoff Over Julian Assange (Sweden, Ecuador, Britain and Australia News Providers) (The Moderate Voice)

Ecuador claims UK threatens to barge in to embassy and grab Assange (Boing BOing)

Belarus

Belarus sacks top brass over teddy bear scandal (Reuters)

Canada

Canadian border guards stop looking for dope exporters, focus on stolen cars and fissiles (Boing BOing)

China

Houses built on the roof of a shopping mall give residents a yard in town (i09)

Traffic hacks: elderly woman in China ties sex doll to tree to slow motorists (Boing Boing)

Man in rural China loses arms in industrial accident, makes his own prostheses (Boing Boing)

China’s one-percenters make ready to take the money and run (Boing Boing)

Pigs Depicted Having Sex Doggy-Style In Zhengzhou Public Square Are Said To Represent Filial Piety (Beijing Cream)

France

France’s batshit HADOPI copyright law on life-support; three strikes is dying (Boing BOing)

Gambia

Gambia: Free activist jailed for life over anti-government T-shirts (My Joy Online)

Germany

German copyright trolls will single out cops, Arab embassies and clergy for accusations of porn downloads (Boing Boing)

Guatamala

Guatemala: Former police chief convicted in 1980s disappearance (Boing Boing)

Hungary

Neo-Nazi MEP from Hungary discovers he is Jewish (Boing Boing)

India

After worst blackout in global history, India’s power minister rates his performance as “Excellent” (Boing BOing)

Iran

Iran Bans Women From 77 College Courses (The Frisky)

Israel

FBI Probed GOPers’ Alcohol Plentiful Incident In Israel Where One Let It All Hang Out In Nude Swim (The Moderate Voice)

Japan

Prosecutors Start Criminal Probe Into Fukushima Nuclear Accident (Bloomberg)

Japan: record high radiation levels found in Fukushima fish, more than a year after nuclear accident (Boing Boing)

Lakota Nation

Lakota Sacred Grounds removed from auction…. FOR NOW (ontd_political)

Lithuania

Lithuania denies entry to Soviet-styled Porsche (Reuters)

New Zealand

Man suffocated to death in DIY gadget-control helmet (Boing Boing)

Norway

Anders Behring Breivik declared sane and sentenced to 21 years (Ontd_political)

Russia

Why Our Entirely Reasonable Support For Jailed Russian Punkettes Could Trigger World War III (ontd_political)

Pussy Riot’s closing statement (Boing Boing)

Pussy Riot, sentenced to two years in a penal colony, release new anti-Putin single (Boing Boing)

Gay parades banned in Moscow for 100 years (BBC)

Free Pussy Riot [Jasmina Tesanovic] (Boing Boing)

Pussy Riot solidarity protests: Topless lady with chainsaw cuts down massive crucifix in Kiev (Boing BOing)

When Putin’s Thugs Came for Me (WSJ)

Not a Pussy Riot protest: the Face-Kini is big in China (Boing BOing)

Sri Lanka

French tourists in Sri Lanka receive suspended jail terms for pretending to kiss Buddha statue (Boing BOing)

Syria

Kremlin Suspends Use of Tartus Naval Base in Syria (The Moderate Voice)

Syrian Military Defectors in Turkey: Should They Return Home and Join the Fighting? (The Moderate Voice)

Syria’s Latest and Highest-Level Defections (The Moderate Voice)

Syria: Mapping the insurgency (BBC News)

Thailand

Thailand: politician accidentally kills woman with machine gun in restaurant (Boing Boing)

Tibet

New reports of Tibetans burning themselves alive to protest Chinese opression (Boing Boing)

Uganda

Ebola in Uganda (Boing BOing)

United Kingdom

Porn Trial: How Consenting Sex May Be Illegal in the UK (ontd_political)

Disabled can go for gold in Paralympics but can’t earn brass. (ontd_political)

The Grave of Richard III may be under parking lot (Discovery News)

Gender-neutral toy department (Boing Boing)

Call centre brings in prison labour at £3/day, fires regular workers (Boing BOing)

UK prisons to open outsource call centres; David Cameron urges business to switch to prison labour (Boing Boing)

How Hollywood-funded corporate vigilantes in the UK shut down SURF THE CHANNEL and sent its owner to jail (Boing Boing)

English seaside town with no chain coffee shops fights off Costa Coffee incursion (Boing Boing)

Amazon recruits 5000 UK cornershops to act as delivery depots (Boing BOing)

Man in a coma is “fit for work,” loses disability benefits (Boing Boing)

Boots keeps selling quack remedies intended for babies, even after they are banned from US import over fears of broken glass (Boing BOing)

Spinning like a Top – World News

Wow, so, um, yeah. There’s still stuff going on and this might be why the world seems to be spinning *faster* the older I get. It’s as if time passes exponentially faster every year.

#hackergate

What Rupert Murdoch Means For You Personally (alter.net)

Tom Watson, MP: copyfighting terror of News International (Boing boing)

Strauss-Kahn

Air France will only use male stewards when Strauss-Kahn flies (ontd_political)

Australia

Mandatory detention policy under question (ontd_political)

Belarus

Taking Action Against Inaction In Belarus (ontd_political)

Brazil

Sao Paulo council calls for Heterosexual Pride Day (ontd_political)

Canada

Canada marks 35 years since abolition of the death penalty (ontd_political)

HIV-killer declared a dangerous offender (ontd_political)

Chile

Following weeks of strikes, Chile government open to discuss education reform (ontd_political)

Chilean riot police crack down on student protests over education funding (ontd_political)

China

Chinese Couple Sells Their 3 Kids to Play Online Games (ontd_political)

China ‘closes Tibet to tourists’ ahead of anniversary (ontd_political)

Cuba

CUBATV: photos of Cuban televisions and environs (boing boing)

Racism is still an issue in Cuba (Fresno Bee)

Egypt

Shareholders take Vodafone to account for network shutdown during Egyptian revolution (boing boing)

France

France to extradite Noriega to Panama (ontd_political)

France, the world’s most depressed nation? (ontd_political)

French minority advocates call for statistics on diversity (France 24/7)

Honduras

“Narcosubmarine” carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine nabbed in Honduras (boing boing)

Iceland

You Cannot Put Rules On Love (ontd_political) —This is an amazing interview.

India

India’s sharp-shooter granny fighting male domination (ontd_political)

Iran

Iranian sentenced to blinding for acid attack pardoned (ontd_political)

Israel

More than 150,000 take to streets across Israel in largest housing protest yet (ontd_political)

Israel sues Bedouin for $500,000 in eviction costs. (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan to fire 3 top nuclear officials (ontd_political)

Tokyo University Professor Tells the Politicians: “What Are You Doing?” (ontd_political)

Lithuania

Mayor of Vilnius takes his bike lane rules seriously — no, I mean PRETTY FUCKING SERIOUSLY (ontd_political)

Norway

Norway attacks: Was Breivik a Christian terrorist? (ontd_political)

Married lesbian couple rescued 40 teenagers from drowning during Utøya shooting (boing boing)

Pamela Geller Edits Post to Conceal Violent Rhetoric in ‘Email from Norway’ (ontd_political)

Portraits put a face on Norway massacre (ontd_political)

Lesbian Couple Save 40 From Norwegian Shooter (ontd_political)

Pam Geller Justifies Breivik’s Terror: Youth Camp Had More ‘Middle Eastern or Mixed’ Races Than ‘Pure Norwegian’ (ThinkProgress) — I really can’t wrap my head around this rhetoric. It is *not* okay to murder people. It’s not okay for *anyone* to go around murdering children.

Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket At Norway Funerals (ontd_political — And I won’t even *start* in on my opinions of these slavering, hate-mongering, idiots.

Panama

France to extradite Noriega to Panama (ontd_political)

Peru

Ollanta Humala is sworn in as new Peru president (ontd_political)

Russia

Russia Backtracks on Plan to Sink Space Station (Discovery News)

Russia Rapidly Losing Permafrost (Discovery News)

On the DDoS Attack Last Week (ontd_political)

Suquamish Tribe

Native American tribe votes to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples (ontd_political)

Tibet

China ‘closes Tibet to tourists’ ahead of anniversary (ontd_political)

United Kingdom

Teenager said to be LulzSec’s Topiary bailed (boing boing)

Sleepy English town to be entirely surveilled in case criminals forget and drive through it on their way to crimes (boing boing)

Anarchists should be reported, advises Westminster anti-terror police (ontd_political)

Freedom of Information requests show that UK copyright consultation was a stitch-up; Internet disconnection rules are a foregone conclusion (boing boing)

Benefits assessment firm causing ‘fear and loathing’ among claimants, says MP (ontd_political)

Britain bans 2 misleading makeup ads (ontd_political)

UK government kills Copyright Great Firewall, establishes user rights (boing boing)

E-petitions urge MPs to debate return of death penalty (BBC)

Woman suggests that indebted students sell organs to wipe out student debt, isn’t a parody (ontd_political) — Okay, so, hands up, how many people considered donating eggs/sperm/blood when they were in school for the cash? I know I wasn’t the only one who researched it when I was in school.