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)

If it stops spinning, we’ll all fall off

So, yes, more news of the world. Sort of a regular thing. The same caveats apply – these are just the stories that caught my eye.

International Space Station/Outer Space

Russian Space Station Cargo Ship Crashes (Discovery News)

Cab Service to the International Space Station Will Begin Ahead of Schedule (i09)

Russia and Europe to Send Man to Mars? (Discovery News)

Wikileaks

Ethiopian journalist outed in unredacted WikiLeaks dump is now in trouble (Boing boing).

Australia

Australian TV show challenges agencies to make TV commercials about banning religion

Ethiopia

Ethiopian journalist outed in unredacted WikiLeaks dump is now in trouble (Boing boing)

Germany

Pirate Party wins 14(ish) seats in Berlin parliament (boing boing)

Italy

Silvio Berlusconi prostitution-ring wiretaps: sex with eight women in one night, “I’m only prime minister in my spare time” (boing boing)

Japan

Ishinomaki education board destroyed interview memos with tsunami survivors (ontd_political)

The Netherlands

Dutch authorities report that Diginotar hack issued hundreds of bogus certs for CIA, Google, Twitter, and other giants

Peru

Music, Activism and the Peruvian Cabinet

Philippines

Women’s sex-strike ends civil war (sex vs violence) (boing boing)

Russia

Russian oligarch sucker-punches rival billionaire on talk show (boing boing)

Sweden

Drunk Moose OK After Sliding Out of Tree (Discovery News)

United Kingdom

London cops use Official Secrets Act to demand identities of journalists’ confidential sources (Boing boing)

Tesco threatens journalist with arrest for writing down prices (boing boing)