In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today!

Bill Clinton says he hopes "we have a woman president in my lifetime." Do you think he has anyone particular in mind?

Approval for President Obama and the Affordable Care Act are at historic lows. Oof.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is set to go nuclear on the Senate filibuster rules.

Republican Representative Trey Radel has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of cocaine possession. Whoops!

[Content Note: War on agency] Voters in Albuquerque (that is one of my favorite words to type! Albuquerque Albuquerque Albuquerque!) have rejected a ban on late-term abortions. Good job!

[CN: Natural disaster; death] An "apocalyptic" torrential rainstorm has devastated the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, killing at least 16 people, leaving lots of people homeless, and wrecking infrastructure. The storm dumped "more than 44 centimeters (17.3 inches) of rain in 24 hours Monday—half the amount [Sardinia] normally receives in a year, officials said."

[CN: Violence; guns] George Zimmerman, the man who was acquitted for murdering Trayvon Martin, was arrested following a "domestic disturbance" during which he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend. (Which I'm pretty sure is a nice, clinical, media-approved way of saying "he threatened to kill his girlfriend with a shotgun.") He is now out on $9,000 bail and has been ordered to "not possess weapons." This fucking guy.

[CN: Worker exploitation; classism] Walmart holds a food drive for its impoverished employees "so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner." Meanwhile, McDonald's recommends its impoverished employees sell "some of your unwanted possessions on eBay or Craigslist" to help get out of holiday debt. Yeah, bootstrap bullshitters—poor people are just lazy.

The Oxford Dictionary's 2013 word of the year is "selfie." Okay then.

Don't worry, everyone: R2D2 will definitely be in the terrible new Star Wars installment! I know, I know—it might not be terrible! (It will definitely be terrible.)

Jean-Clade Van Damme did some of his famous splits for Volvo.

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