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.

Yet more news of the world

Once again, I find myself endlessly fascinated by world events. With the unprecedented amount of information at our fingertips every day, it’s hard to sift through the chaff to find the wheat. These are the grains I’ve collected.

News of the World

Zondervan bible publishers react to ethical issues raised over ownership by Rupert Murdoch’s scandal-laden News Corporation (God Discussion)

Murdoch-detector browser add-ons warn you when you’re reading Murdoch-tainted news (boing boing)

James Murdoch’s evidence challenged (BBC)

Piers Morgan not linked to phone spying scandal, no way no how, nuh-uh (boing boing)

Pie-throwing backfires as Wendi Murdoch wins plaudits and Rupert wins sympathy (ontd_political)

EU

Euro Zone Leaders Clinch Rescue Plan for Greece (ontd_political)

More online surveillance needed, officials in Europe say (Deutsche Welle)

Belgium

Belgium ban on face veil comes into force (ontd_political)

Canada

Health Canada’s solution to problems with the medical marijuana program: MOAR WRENCHES! (ontd_political)

Toronto councillor to Margaret Atwood on library closures: “get elected to office or pipe down” (boing boing) — Funny, I thought Canada was a democracy. As in the elected officials represent the people?

Libraries, child nutrition, Toronto Zoo: Final report suggests deepest cuts yet (ontd_political)

Critics silenced as transgendered Calgarian wins breast implant contest (ontd_political)

China

Bullet Train collision in China, 33 reported dead. (ontd_political)

Cuba

The Castros: Ian Sansom on a family that’s a dictatorship, not merely a dynasty (ontd_political)

Finland

Finland’s high-quality, consistent education system eschews tests, reveres teachers (boing boing)

Ghana

Ghana’s Western Regional Minister Orders All Gays Arrested (ontd_political)

Honduras

Honduras: From outcasts to unsung heroes, migrants support the national economy (lo-de-alla)

Israel

Arab Spring spirit inspires Israel tent cities (ontd_political)

Israeli women sneaking Palestinian women to the beach (ontd_political)

March for Peace (ontd_political)

Japan

Japan: angry Fukushima citizens confront government (video) (boing boing)

Mexico

ATF Accused in Congressional Report of ‘Arming’ Cartel for ‘War’ Through Operation Fast and Furious (ontd_political)

Mexico: another journalist killed (boing boing)

Norway

As it happened: Norway attacks (BBC)

Bomb goes off in Oslo (ontd_political)

President Obama: Our Hearts Go Out to the People of Norway (The White House)

Oslo terror suspect: Anders Behring Breivik, 32, links to right-wing extremism (boing boing)

Norway mourns island youth camp and Oslo attacks (BBC)

Oslo Suspect Wrote of Fear of Islam and Plan for War (NYT)

Looking to place blame for the attacks that took place in Norway, many looked no further than the Muslim community. (ontd_political)

Norway, Islam and the threat of the West (ontd_political) <– refers to this Article (posted here) misidentified Christian arsonist as Jew (ontd_political)

Oslo bombing, shooting (big photo gallery, news updates) (boing boing)

Oslo Terrorist Used Modern Warfare 2 as “Training-Simulation”, World of Warcraft as Cover (ontd_political)

Regarding Norway (Swan Tower)

Pundits deploy retrocausality to blame Islam for Norway attacks (boing boing)

Norwegian PM refuses to let terrorist attacks drive his country to intolerance and paranoid “security” (boing boing) – *loud and enthusiastic clapping from me*

The news coverage of the Norway mass-killings was fact-free conjecture (ontd_political)

Glenn Beck compares murdered Norway campers to “Hitler Youth” (boing boing)

Jazz parade in Molde, Norway to commemorate terrorist victims (boing boing)

Norway treatise says ‘indigenous Europeans’ must be punished for ‘cultural suicide’ (LA Times)

Oslo: Thousands of people raising roses to commemorate the dead (boing boing)

Jeff Sharlet on Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik (boing boing)

Peru

Susana Baca becomes Peru’s first black government minister (The Guardian)

United Kingdom

Daily Show episode yanked from UK TV because Brit law prohibits using Parliamentary footage in satire (boing boing)

Why they call the Tories “the nasty party” (boing boing)

LulzSec’s Topiary arrested, say cops (boing boing)

ATOS case study: man awarded 0 points in disability test, man dies of lung problems shortly after (ontd_political)

Wales

Church in Wales inquiry after rector burns Bible pages (ontd_political)