In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

Congratulations to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi of India who have won the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

[Content Note: Possible harm] 12-year-old Daekyia Shropshire from Washington, DC, has been missing since Monday. A second girl who was missing has been found, and police now say the two cases are not related. But Daekyia is still gone. Contact information at the link, if you can help.

[CN: Domestic violence] Former NFL executive Jerry Angelo, who had a three-decade career during which he worked for the Giants, Buccaneers, and Bears organizations, says that "teams did not discipline players in 'hundreds and hundreds' of domestic violence incidents during his 30 years in the league, and said he now regrets his role in the failure to take action. 'I made a mistake. I was human. I was part of it. I'm not proud of it. ...Our business is to win games. We've got to win games, and the commissioner's job is to make sure the credibility of the National Football League is held in the highest esteem. But to start with that, you have to know who's representing the shield. We got our priorities a little out of order." Ya think? Fuck.

[CN: Police brutality; racism; violence] More protests have been scheduled for this weekend in and around Ferguson, Missouri, following the police killing of Vonderrit Myers. "Mervyn Marcano, a spokesman for Ferguson October, said the group expected to draw between 6,000 and 10,000 protesters for what it calls 'three days of resistance'. He said the protests were aimed at 'making those who are comfortable uncomfortable', adding: 'Folks want to continue the momentum.'"

[CN: Misogyny] Good grief: "Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to Women: Don't Ask For A Raise, Trust Karma." Is this guy fucking serious?! Yes, yes he is: "It's not really about asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will give you the right raise... That might be one of the initial 'super powers,' that quite frankly, women (who) don't ask for a raise have. It's good karma. It will come back." Hahahaha! Good karma! Jesus Jones. Nadella has since not-apologized: "I answered that question completely wrong. ...If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask." Gee, thanks.

[CN: Misogyny; racism] Hey, here's something that will totally fucking anger you but definitely won't surprise you: "The Excessive Political Power of White Men in the United States, in One Chart." Despite comprising only 31% of the population, white men hold 65% of elected offices in the US. Post-feminist post-racial America wheeeeeeeeeee!

[CN: Illness; racism] In related news: "Texas Ebola cases expose troubling contrasts and spark fears of race divide: The faltering response to a [black] Liberian's Ebola diagnosis in Texas contrasted starkly to the mobilization after the mere suspicion of the disease in a [white] local law enforcement officer. Some wonder whether it was no coincidence." Ha ha IT WASN'T!

[CN: Misogyny; racism] In related news: Tonight is the premiere of the new ABC sitcom Cristela, starring comedian Cristela Alonzo, who will be making television history. "The 35-year-old virtually unknown comic is the first Latina to create, produce, write, and star in her own primetime comedy." The first! Good luck, Cristela!

RIP Jan Hooks. Surely I'm not the only one among us who had a friend with whom I pretended to be the Sweeney Sisters back in the day...? Damn. She was one funny lady.

Google is releasing a huge phablet code-named Shamu. That is a real sentence with real words in the year of our lord Jesus Jones two thousand and fourteen.

And finally! Here is a big dog trying to get a little kitten to play with him. Adorbz!

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