In the News

Here is some stuff in the news today...

[Content Note: San Bernardino shooting] What the everloving fuck!!! "Journalists storm San Bernardino shooters' apartment after landlord pries open door: A swarm of local and national media entered the apartment where Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik lived after the landlord tore off a piece of plywood that was blocking the door. News outlets, including MSNBC, BBC, CBS News, and CNN, broadcast live scenes as reporters toting cameras and microphones pushed through the open door and reported from inside the apartment." As far as I know, that residence is still part of an active, ongoing investigation, and may even be considered a crime scene, given the explosives found there. This is unbelievable. UNBELIEVABLE. Media is live broadcasting papers and IDs that are scattered around the apartment, with zero concern for the possibility that some of them could be stolen (and thus they're exposing an innocent person to harm) or for the fact that Syed Farook's brother has the same name, and they could be broadcasting his social security number... Fucking hell, what is the media even doing?

[CN: Guns] Submitted without comment: "Man's hoard of nearly 5,000 guns shows ease of amassing arms in US."

[CN: Class warfare; video may autoplay at link] Republican priorities: "The Senate on Thursday passed legislation repealing the core pillars of ObamaCare, taking a major step toward sending such a bill to the president's desk for the first time. Republicans hailed it as a political messaging victory and a fulfillment of their promise from the 2014 midterm election... The House will need to approve the amended legislation before it can be sent to the White House." Where it will promptly be vetoed.

[CN: Anti-semitism] Jesus fucking Jones this guy: "Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Thursday invoked a series of stereotypes about Jews that are often deemed offensive and even anti-Semitic—in an address to Jewish Republicans. 'I'm a negotiator like you folks were negotiators,' the controversial candidate declared to his audience at the Republican Jewish Coalition, as he explained that he would broker a stronger nuclear deal with Iran than the one concluded earlier this year. At another point in his speech, he said: 'Is there anyone in this room who doesn't negotiate deals? Probably more than any room I've ever spoken.'"

[CN: Video may autoplay at link] But, of course, Trump is still leading the polls. By a wide margin. "Donald Trump is once again alone at the top of the Republican field, according to the latest CNN/ORC Poll, with 36% of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents behind him, while his nearest competitor trails by 20 points."

Awesome: "Every 16-year-old in Sweden is being given a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's call to arms, We Should All Be Feminists. The essay, adapted from Adichie's award-winning TED talk of the same name, is being distributed in Swedish to high-school students by the Swedish Women's Lobby and publisher Albert Bonniers. Launching the project at Norra Real high school in Stockholm this week, they said they hoped the book would 'work as a stepping stone for a discussion about gender equality and feminism.' ...'This is the book that I wish all of my male classmates would have read when I was 16,' said Clara Berglund, chair of the Swedish Women's Lobby, announcing the giveaway. 'It feels so important to contribute to this project. It is a gift to all second-grade high-school students, but it is also a gift to ourselves and future generations.'" ♥

RIP Scott Weiland, frontman for the bands Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. He was 48. Such a shame.

[CN: Racism] So, last night, NBC aired a live performance of The Wiz, which I am saving for this weekend and I AM GOING TO LOVE IT SO MUCH, and a bunch of racist dipshits had no idea The Wiz exits and said a bunch of really racist dipshit things. Good grief.

And finally! "Unwanted Cat Becomes This Little Boy's Guardian, Following Him Everywhere." Y'all know I cry at everything anyway, but holy geez did this one really get me. All the blubs!

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