BBC, December 3
Icelandic police have shot dead a man who was firing a shotgun in his apartment in the early hours of Monday.
It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say.
Tear gas canisters were fired through the windows in an attempt to subdue [...]
(Note: Nobody Asked Me, But… is a weekly feature at my personal blog where I post tidbits from the week’s news. From time to time, I’ll do a thought piece.)
My dad stepping on my favorite doll (my sister’s, of course.) A pigeon landing on my head (there are photographs.) Crying when my mom [...]
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Some few people have noted that November 11 was originally designated Armistice Day, and commemorated peace, not the glorification of war and warriors. It was that way when I was younger and was observed in a solemn mood; sober, thoughtful sadness. People wept – [...]
You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.
Photos: Shoveling snow off the shed roof; Rio Grande in flood; Ray Wright (Mountain Man)
The Mountain Man was engaged in building fence across the Rio Grande at the Lower Ranch. At this specific time he was being assisted by ‘Vic’ Miller, a lad of around eighteen years and one of the group known [...]
Reuters, October 4
Berne — Switzerland will hold a vote on whether to introduce a basic income for all adults, in a further sign of growing public activism over pay inequality since the financial crisis.
A grassroots committee is calling for all adults in Switzerland to receive an unconditional income of 2,500 Swiss francs — [...]
The Public Record, By Jeffrey Kaye, September 10
There are many reasons why one should oppose the military action against Syria being planned by the Obama administration. But given that the action is being trumpeted as a righteous response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, there is one reason to [...]
Dear God, Why do bad things happen to good people?
You may recall a story from a few weeks ago about a NYC cab jumping a curb and hitting a British tourist, mangling her lower leg and forcing it to eb amputated. Her life was saved by a passerby who quickly wrapped his belt [...]
As you may recall – you few, you happy few who actually follow my shitty little blog – I took a vacation last week.
I’ve been having a tough time at work with many transitions in process, changes and alterations, radical and minor. I’ll be moving from my current digs shortly, my old supervisor retired, [...]
CNN, By Dan Merica & Jason Hanna, August 19
Sixty years after the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, a declassified CIA document acknowledges that the agency was involved in the 1953 coup.
The independent National Security Archive research institute, which published the document Monday, says the declassification is believed to mark the CIA’s [...]
When you’re a poor black woman who died 50 years ago:
Henrietta Lacks was only 31 when she died of cervical cancer in 1951 in a Baltimore hospital. Not long before her death, doctors removed some of her tumor cells. They later discovered that the cells could thrive in a lab, a feat no human [...]
In 1916, Mabel Steele went to teach school at the ripe old age of 18, in extremely rural Colorado. The community consisted of three families who made their living raising trout for restaurants in Denver. She had to learn to maintain disciple when some of the students were bigger than she was. I suspect [...]
Government indicates support for backbench bill to pardon mathematician who took his own life after indecency case.
The Guardian, By Nicholas Watt, July 19
Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexuality legislation, is to be given a posthumous pardon.
The government signalled on Friday [...]
Reuters/Raw Story, By Brendan O’Brien and Geoffrey Davidian, July 2
Milwaukee – Roman Catholic Church officials in Milwaukee vigorously shielded pedophile priests and protected church funds from lawsuits during a decades-long sex abuse scandal, according to hundreds of documents released on Monday.
The documents include letters and deposition testimony from Cardinal and Archbishop of New [...]
Ecuador has ramped up its defiance of the US over Edward Snowden by waiving preferential trade rights with Washington even as the whistleblower’s prospect of reaching Quito dimmed.
President Rafael Correa’s government said on Thursday it was renouncing the Andean Trade Preference Act to thwart US “blackmail” of Ecuador in [...]