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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Good Morning, News!

Posted by Denis C. Theriault on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Bad news for Barack Obama! A government privacy panel thinks the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' phone records is illegal, a threat to liberty, and useless at fighting terrorism. It's joined other government watchdogs and judges in finding the same. The president, last week, made a big speech suggesting a private company take over the data collection, something that's somehow even more chilling.

Fires, shootings, and Molotov cocktails in Kiev—where hundreds of thousands of pro-Europe protesters are fighting the government's embrace of Russia—have given way to eight hours of quiet so the government and opposition political leaders can try for a truce.

Iran's troubled economy—beaten bloody by sanctions—has done far more to put it on the brink of a nuclear deal than any threats of American bombs and missiles.

Al-Qaida's first reputed attack inside Israel—a suicide bombing at the American Embassy in Tel Aviv—has been handily shut down, Israeli officials are saying. Making sure, for good measure, to point out the foiled plot was "advanced."

Internet pornography, the pope says, is a "gift from God." It was something like that, at least.

A horrific fire, ripping through a senior citizens complex in Canada, has left at least three people dead so far, with nearly three dozen more residents still technically "missing."

Fifty years in, achieving the "American Dream" hasn't actually gotten any harder, according to a new study. But super depressingly, it's also failed to get any easier.

Pepsi, all full of a known carcinogen, is more deadly than Coca-Cola.

"These are the guys Jimmy put together for what turned out to be... the biggest heist in American history. The Lufthansa heist."

Why elections matter: Virginia's new Democratic attorney general has shut down his state's defense of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. His predecessor was not so inclined.

Hillary Clinton's presidential bid will benefit from the largest liberal "superPAC" in the world, plugging her directly into President Obama's juggernaut fundraising machine. This thing's getting pretty real.

With 15 million passengers last year, Portland International Airport has never been busier.

WHO HAS THREE HOURS WITH NOTHING TO DO BUT STARE DUMB AND SLACK AT A COMPUTER SCREEN? BESIDES EVERYONE? BECAUSE HERE COMES EVERY THE START SCREEN FROM EVERY NES GAME EVER, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER.

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