So in keeping up with a desire to share news stories from around the web in the spirit of the how and why I’ve blogged since ’07 I offer this small collection for 1.11.13.
France is still France and that is so French.
The Hollande government has really shown its stripes and how they differ from Sarkozy. In their announcements regards the deteriorating situation in Mali they are swearing to act but… “there is no point to rushing in”.
This classic French quote and the complete story can be found via the BBC
Al Gore a $oulless whore and the Left is stupid crazy.
This Earth shattering news isn’t news at all. It is though funny just the same. Al Gore the principle player of Current TV has sold out to Al Jazeera. Folks may find it kind of weird I have AJE linkage here and am opposed to this act. Although Current was kind of a shit bag outfit except for the program Vanguard and that the non-editorial driven content of Al Jazeera offers some credible journalism this deal is something to be leery of.
I fear the AJ that will manifest is more the “alternative” media editorial stylings and not the journalistic stuff that even when hard and counter America is still journalism with integrity. This is something to keep in mind. i don’t mind reporters with views of opposition questioning the POTUS in a presser,hell I welcome it. I do however think essayists and pundits who get to wear the mask of journalism to whore out agendas and lies is something to care about.
Now one aspect where the Left is crazy stupid in this is Jon Stewart trying to compare this deal and what it means to Rupert Murdoch (Fox et al) News Corp having a 9% stake in Rotana a Saudi multimedia entity that is hyper biased to be put it politely. To my knowledge Rotana isn’t on these shores and I find it a poor and desperate comparison by the comedian and his allies.
I don’t support the chatter on the right calling Gore a pro terrorist nut job. I just think the truth of this deal is more important than the one ups-manship silliness going on.
Real Crime knows no bounds
In the current uproar about gun control and all I share this story for a couple of reasons. Although there are reports that guns were present at the scene the injuries that occurred stem from physical handling and a knife. This story is evolving and will likely die outside of its local market but I think it demonstrates that the violent criminal mind is everywhere and for the most part doesn’t need a firearm. Yahoo
Borei Class is up and running
The Russians latest submarine is officially in the fleet. The Yuri Dolgoruky is one of up to eight new subs in its class. It is an intercontinental ballistic missile sub which carries 16 multi-warhead missiles that have a range of 5,000 miles. The Russians are modernizing their navy and this is something to stay tuned to but not necessarily afraid of in my opinion. I do think it speaks that the old Cold War folks are again reengaging old school across the globe. Russia in the Arctic and Eastern Mediterranean and the Chines in the Pacific. It will get interesting folks. BBC
The NEW update 1.11.13.@1420
Saw a piece @ FP from Jonathan Katz the author of this book that looked at the UN culpability in Cholera hitting Haiti.
In two years, more than 7,800 Haitians have died of cholera. One in five people in a nation of roughly 10 million has fallen seriously ill with the disease, while the unusually virulent strain has spread across the Caribbean, into South America, and the United States.
The United Nations has made grandiose, if seemingly empty, promises to fight and eradicate the disease, but refuses to consider its own accountability in starting the epidemic. Aid workers and donor governments have lost a critical opportunity — to demonstrate that they took Haitian lives and welfare as seriously as their own.