The Daily Word in #LochteGate, South Korean war games, and transgender restrooms
Swimwear company Speedo is dropping their sponsorship of US Olympic swimmer and national embarrassment Ryan Lochte after he vandalized a gas station in Rio and then made up some lie about getting mugged at gunpoint. The company is also donating $50,000 to Save the Children, a global charity partner of Speedo USA’s parent company, for children in Brazil.
The US-South Korean 12-day Ulchi Freedom Guardian Games began today in South Korea. The 'games,' which are intended to enhance the "readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula," have further increased the tension between North and South Korea. KCNA, North Korea's state-run media outlet, has said that if the games show the slightest sign of aggression towards North Korea, they would turn the South into a 'heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike.'" Sounds like fun games.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump made statements about immigration today that seem at odds with his previous promises to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. When asked about his new immigration policies on Fox News, he said “We want to come up with a really fair, but firm, answer.” This apparent flip-flopping on immigration comes as Trump brings on a new campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway and attempts to sway more moderate republican voters.
The Philippines and communist rebels are opening up peace talks in Norway this week. These talks come after nearly five decades of fighting that has killed tens of thousands. Negotiators have declared that they hope to reach a peace deal within a year.
US District Judge Reed O'Connor has blocked the White House's injunction that schools allow their students to use the bathrooms that align with their gender identity. This injunction is filed several months after a dozen states sued the federal government over this injunction. This means that the federal government's guidelines for school restrooms won't go into effect—for now.
For the Love of Cabbage
Saturday, Nov 7: 8th Annual Korean Kimchi Festival
Ulleungdo, South Korea
The locals tell a sad myth here—of a little girl petrified into a sharp, jutting rock visible from where we're staying. This after her fisherman father didn't return from a sea voyage.
The seafarers I've met are alive and well, cheery, sunbaked faces. This is an isolated place, and only a few of the shops that cater to tourists have a person or two who speaks a little I can understand (my Korean baby-words are shy and halting), but I managed to find a squid fisherman patient enough to interpret my elaborate hand gestures and air-sketches.
Yesterday somehow convinced him I could help out on his rickety boat, and we went chugging out in the waves. Sun glancing off the sea. He showed me how to wrestle the squid from his nets, some longer than me and cold and pulsing.
Tonight I can’t fall asleep. Tired from a late hike up and down the foggy volcano, but somehow restless. A mournful undertone on the wind. I just opened the blinds and the fisherman is still down in the harbor winding his nets, his deck light greener than the others.
The Daily Word in race wars, uppity-ism, and Hanukkah pricing
Republican presidential candidates debated last night. Mitt Romney couldn't get his name right, Rick Santorum wants to profile muslims, Newt wants to be humane to immigrants, and Michelle Bachmann may or may not have leaked classified information.
Portland Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced a hold on all death row inmates.
Rush Limbaugh said Michelle Obama exhibits uppity-ism.
Race war rumors spread at Highland High School.
Florida school finds two 12-year-olds kissing and calls the cops.
Was a Illinois water utility cyber-attacked?
South Korean lawmaker fires tear gas in parliament before vote on US trade pact.
A Bronx groom kills himself by jumping into the Harlem River hours after his wedding.
Aw, Crap! I totally forgot yesterday was Max Headroom Signal Intrusion Day.
The 25 most popular passwords of 2011.
Spend some time this morning reading about the mystery of the five wounds.
A new study shows that people who watch Fox News are less informed than people who watch no news at all.
Another reason not to take vitamins.
Best mug shot of I've seen in ages.
Your one stop source for cute animal pictures is The Fluffington Post.
The tire pile you can see from spaaaaaaace.
How to deal with your multi-level marketing friends.
Sarah Silverman lands a sitcom on NBC.
Yoda is shilling ramen.
Thanks to Constance for the links.
The Daily Word with an upcoming Anonymous attack, Ted Bundy's blood and a Chinese landlord scorpion attack
Anonymous is gearing up to attack Facebook this November.
The Congressional Supercommittee has been chosen.
North and South Korea exchange fire.
President Obama can't catch a break.
FBI agent discusses the West Mesa buried bodies case.
Missouri high school bans Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-5.
America is not ready for President Rick Perry.
Recently discovered vial of Ted Bundy's blood may help uncover more murders.
The Onion is starting a paywall.
Probably not a good idea to heckle Aziz Ansari.
Chinese landlord releases thousands of scorpions to chase away his tenants.
Thomas the Imperialist Tank Engine.
Tim Heidicker (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) saw a UFO.
Six things that were probably built by aliens.
The Daily Word 11.24.10: Dead miners, new sea creature, U.S. heads to Korea, 100-proof turkey, John Travolta’s baby
Another gas explosion snuffs out hope for the 29 trapped New Zealand miners. All are presumed dead.
Deep sea robots discover a new species in a new genus: the “squid worm.”
Animal Planet discovers world’s ugliest cat. Kinda looks like Sonny Bono.
International pissing contest: U.S. says it’s sending an aircraft carrier for “joint military exercises” off Korea.
“100-proof turkey” takes three days to prepare and is served with 100-proof vodka gravy.
Ohio State president mouths off about college football contenders.
Sarah Palin’s new book insults Betty Friedan and devotes several pages to complaining about Murphy Brown.
American workers are out in the cold, but the companies they work for just had their best quarter ever.
... Not surprisingly, Wall Street execs are already back to buying $40,000 cell phones and renting dwarves for their parties.
John Travolta, 56, and Kelly Preston, 48, salve the grief of losing their oldest son last year by having another baby. This one doesn’t have a stupid name.
Music nerd makes homemade Blue Man Group instrument thingy for a talent show.
The Daily Word 8.16.10: Craigslist Killer, Katie Holmes’ weird marriage, North Korea on Twitter.
The accused Craigslist killer escaped to hell.
“He was like, ‘ Where’s my food at?’”
World economy: a three way tie for last.
Be sure to follow North Korea on Twitter.
Hillary Duff married a hockey player and I can’t even think of a good joke about it.
Let he who has not sinned… I guess that means the Taliban.
Porn viruses infected a state laptop.
Another bear was caught in the Heights.
The Stabbing Burglar strikes.
It’s Robert Culp’s birthday!
The Daily Word 6.21.10: Ron Bell, Prairie Dogs and Pot Plants.
Al-Qaida taunts and threatens Obama.
Roger Daltry tells a knock-knock joke.
Boo hoo: van der Sloot complains he was tricked into confessing.
The FCC is going to make the internet less fun.
Some jellyfish are immortal.
A tornado hit Billings, Montana (where my uncle lives.)
In case you haven’t heard, North Carolina has a bigfoot with beautiful hair. The 911 calls are the real treasure here.
Model Tom Nicon fell out a window and died.
A fisherman found himself face-to-face with a periscope.
Some funny photos are funny.
Billy Ray Cyrus will not be playing at Roswell’s UFO Festival this year.
The cops pulled up some pot plants in Socorro.
Prairie dogs are digging up human bones in a Santa Fe cemetary.
I can’t believe they put this bridge up in Los Alamos. It will be very cool, though.
It’s Ron Ely’s birthday. He played Doc Savage and Tarzan.
This Week In Games 5.28.10
The ethereal, sparsely designed, and downright beautiful Ico and Shadow of the Colossus are rumored to have HD versions coming in Q1 2011. Hopefully this means The Last Guardian will be out around the same time (sooner would be better, though. Pretty please?).
South Korean internet game addict who let his baby starve to death gets 2 years in jail. His wife's sentence was suspended because she's pregnant with another child.
The new Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 trailer looks sweet.
Video gamers are more able to control their dreams. Dennis Quaid was right!
Natal price revealed by "trusted source". $149 standalone or as part of a bundle with the Xbox 360 Arcade version for $299.
Shock, surprise: Mass Effect coming to the big screen.