This Week in the Mercury


Saturday, August 17, 2013

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Sat, Aug 17, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Egyptian soldiers, after a daylong gunbattle and siege involving tear gas, have cleared out a Cairo mosque that had been one of the wellsprings (and hospital and morgue) of the pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests still convulsing the country more than a month after a military-led coup. After its yearlong grip on the presidency, a stunning reversal after decades in the political underground, the Brotherhood could be headed back to Egypt's official shit list.

The United States has had a long, strong relationship with the Egyptian military—to the point that the logistics of our occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan would be terribly complicated if it ever went awry. That's why the president has enacted only token measures of punishment despite the slaughter of hundreds of Egyptians refusing to sit silently in the face of a coup.

When calling 911 is bad: If you live in a housing development where the landlord is allowed to kick you out because of perceived drama and disruption. Rules against excessive 911 calls are meant to keep away drug dealers and gang members, but they also wind up dragooning victims of domestic violence who must choose between escaping abuse or keeping their homes.

Rainbow-painted fingernails may be a violation of anti-politicking rules, a Swedish athlete competing in the world track and field championships in gay-abusing Moscow has been told. A Russian athlete with no apparent sense of shame had complained the small statement was "disrespectful."

Michael Bloomberg's dystopian urges: 1) Placing fingerprint-activated locks on New York City's public housing towers. 2) Maybe not caring, because he'll be out of office next year, when crooks start paying tenants or cutting off hands or putting knives to throats (how convincing!) to get around them.

Chris Christie, New Jersey governor and Republican presidential hopeful, just vetoed an assault weapon ban he'd actually partially proposed.

The Republican Party hated that everyone got to watch them fly their crazy flag so proudly during last year's presidential primary—a nasty little affair that made every candidate look terrible and damaged—so the trick is to hold way fewer primary debates and pick friendlier moderators for the ones that remain.

Rupert Murdoch now makes money whenever you read or buy VICE Magazine. He bought a 5 percent, $70 million stake in a company he sees as a "wild, interesting effort to interest millennials who don't read or watch established media. Global success."

AWWW! LOOK AT THE NICE OLD LADIES AT THE LIBRARY WHO DRESSED UP AND PLAY-ACTED LIKE THEY WERE THE BEASTIE BOYS IN THAT ONE VIDEO EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT. #TEAMBRANCA

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