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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

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Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Tue, Sep 10, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Okay. So Syria is willing to ditch the stocks of chemical weapons it previously wouldn't acknowledge holding? Because its international besties—including Russia, China, and Iran—all support it? France, among the most intense Syria hawks, wants a United Nations Security Council resolution essentially asking everyone to put up or shut up.

President Obama is still scheduled to address the nation tonight to lay out a case for military strikes. But! A group of senators—four Democrats and four Republicans—spent yesterday working up an alternative plan that would pin any combat on whatever does or doesn't happen with the United Nations.

Yahoo is joining Microsoft and Google in filing suit against the National Security Agency—arguing that a ban on releasing the number of data requests it receives from the NSA every year is making it look bad by letting people assume the worst.

Anyone crossing the border, if the US government places their name on a special travel watch list, could face immediate detainment and/or have any and all of their electronic devices confiscated or copied by federal agents. The program was revealed by a supporter of WikiLeaker Chelsea Manning.

In Mexico, farmers and civilians taking up arms in one hillside enclave have defied years of humiliation and succeeded where federal troops often fail: They've driven away members of the notoriously vicious and rapacious Knights Templar drug cartel.

No one was hurt, shockingly, after a member of Jordan's parliament pulled out an assault rifle and fired at a colleague. But it's not really unusual. Someone tried to pull a gun during a televised debate earlier this year. And throwing things, like shoes, is very common.

Guerrilla fighting in the Philippines, between government soldiers and Islamist rebels (who go by the acronym MILF), has descended into outright horror amid talk of civilians being used as human shields.

Missouri's governor, after vetoing a steep Republican tax cut this year, has spent the summer selling his state on why that was the right thing to do. (Because it means less money for schools and sick people and people working on their mental health, etc.) He's found an audience, and support, and other states are taking note.

America's six-ton stock of illegal ivory is set to be publicly crushed, presumably as some kind of public message to poachers, but also civilians who probably have no idea how much black-market ivory is confiscated every year.

Virgin Airlines has some of the dirtiest planes in the United States.

Another porn actor in the San Fernando Valley allegedly has HIV. Los Angeles County's condom law is still controversial.



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