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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Dirk VanderHart on Sat, Jun 15, 2013 at 10:24 AM

First things first: I was at the bar last night and a guy had Google Glass. Looked weird, everybody—no two ways about it. Bulky and conspicuous. The guy seemed pleased, though.

Interesting and hopeful news from Iran, which has elected a moderate cleric to replace outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who was a teacher by trade and sort of a bellicose jerk in general. The NYT says new president Hassan Rowhan may bring a more-reasoned tone to the country's foreign policy, and that his election bodes well for those trying to bring Iran's nuclear ambitions into line—to say nothing of the Iranian people who've had to suffer under the economic sanctions those ambitions have spurred. The country's "on the brink of an extraordinary political transformation," says the Guardian. At the end of the day, though, Iranian presidents only have so much pull. The country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, still calls the shots.

The US announced yesterday we'd begin arming Syrian rebels. But officials say that decision had actually been made weeks ago, even before they had a "high certainty" Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in the fight.

The CIA will run point on arming the rebels.

Whistleblower/traitor/hero/villain Edward Snowden is believed to be hiding in Hong Kong, and the city is rallying in his honor.

April's well behind us, so Google's proposal to send a legion of internet-spouting balloons into the sky—like so many of their red brethren, purchased in a moment of haste from a little toy shop and released en masse—is probably not a prank?

Nelson Mandela might not die, just yet. He's 94, and a champion.

Britain loves to scrutinize and study its royals, and thanks to that we know that Prince William's great-great-great-great-great grandfather took up with his Indian housekeeper, who is apparently the Prince's great-great-great-great-great grandmother.

For something like the third day running, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has issued a final warning for protesters to depart an Istanbul square. Erdogan knows that's unlikely, and is saying things like: "If it is not emptied, from now on, this country's security forces will know how to empty that place."

I just found out people licking other people's eyeballs is the latest trend sweeping the globe, and I'm upset. "Shaken" is probably more the word. Are you guys licking each other's eyeballs as I write this? You know it spreads pink eye, right? Japanese kids are giving each other pink eye by tonguing one another's eyeballs. And now you're considering it, aren't you? You're wondering what eyeball juice tastes like. But you can't unring a bell, and you can't unlick and eyeball. Keep that in mind, Portland.

It's damned nice out today, and here I'm in this cafe—listening to toddlers and talking to you. Weather Widget!

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I wish you talent and passion, today, no matter your endeavor.

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