Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Short Takes

In Paris, President Obama urged world leaders to follow the U.S. in dealing with climate change

Karma: Smog covers a large portion of Southeast Asia as the climate summit begins.

Suspect in the Planned Parenthood shooting appeared via video in a Colorado court to be arraigned.

Officer in Chicago shooting makes bail.

Chinese renminbi approved as a main world currency.

Rabbit, rabbit, rabbit.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Short Takes

Attack on Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs was “a form of terrorism,” says Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO).

Victims of Planned Parenthood attack identified.

World leaders start Paris climate change summit.

Turkey returns body of downed Russian fighter pilot.

More wet and snowy weather ahead for the Midwest.

Today is the last day of the North Atlantic hurricane season.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Short Takes

Turkey shot down a Russian warplane.

Two men were arrested in Minneapolis as suspects in the shooting at the Black Lives Manner protest.

The State Department says the global alert for overseas travelers will be in effect until February.

A Chicago police officer has been charged with murder in the death of an unarmed black man.

A federal court has ruled that Wisconsin’s abortion law is unconstitutional.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

Short Takes

France and Belgium tighten security measures and restrict civil liberties in response to the Paris attacks.

Veto bait: The House voted a bill to restrict admission to Syrian and Indonesian refugees.

Mexican immigration to the U.S. is actually in the negative; more are leaving than arriving.

Protesters and city leaders plead for calm in Minneapolis in the wake of another unarmed black person killed by police.

Catch of the Day: GMO salmon is approved by the FDA.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Short Takes

Police in Paris raided an apartment in the suburbs and captured a number of massacre suspects after a gun battle.

ISIS published a photo of what they claim was the type of homemade bomb that brought down the Russian airliner.

Migrants in Europe are anxious about the reception they’re getting from the U.S. and other xenophobes.

A report released showed Chicago Police are hardly ever disciplined for misconduct and abuse.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Via the BBC:

The near-simultaneous attacks in Paris that killed nearly 130 people were an “act of war” organised by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, says France’s President Francois Hollande.

He said the attacks, carried out by eight gunmen and suicide bombers, were “organised and planned from outside”.

The targets included bars, restaurants, a concert and a high-profile football match. IS claimed the attacks.

Mr Hollande has declared three days of national mourning.

He has raised the security threat level to its highest point and imposed a nationwide state of emergency.

This is the deadliest peacetime attack in France and the worst in Europe since the 2004 Madrid bombings. At least 180 people were wounded, 80 of whom are in a critical condition.

The night of violence unfolded soon after 21:00 (20:00 GMT) [3:00 pm ET] as people were enjoying a Friday night out in the French capital.

A gunman opened fire on Le Carillon bar in the rue Alibert, not far from the Place de la Republique, before heading across the road to Le Petit Cambodge (Little Cambodia), killing at least 12 people.

“We heard the sound of guns, 30-second bursts. It was endless. We thought it was fireworks,” Pierre Montfort, a resident living close to Le Petit Cambodge, said.

A few streets away, diners sitting on the terrace of La Casa Nostra pizzeria in rue de la Fontaine au Roi, were also fired on, with the loss of at least five lives.

At around the same time, on the northern outskirts of Paris, 80,000 people who had gathered to watch France play Germany at the Stade de France heard three explosions outside the stadium about half an hour after kick-off.

President Hollande was among the spectators and was whisked to safety after the first explosion. It later emerged three suicide bombers blew themselves up at fast food outlets and a brasserie near the stadium.

I have nothing right now.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Short Takes

Winter weather and tornadoes hit the Midwest.

Over 100 people indicted in Waco biker brawl that killed nine.

Two relatives of Venezuelan president indicted on drug charges.

Another fence is built in Europe to thwart immigrants.

Weather may have caused Ohio plane crash.

Hurricane Kate heads east across the Atlantic.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Short Takes

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu made nice in their Oval Office meeting.

The Burmese opposition claimed a landslide victory in parliamentary elections.

The president of the University of Missouri system resigned due to protests over racial tensions.

The World Anti-Doping Agency accused Russian athletes, coaches and team doctors of systematic doping.

What is it with Republicans and making up personal history?

Tropical Update: TS Kate pops up north of the Bahamas and heads east.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Friday, November 6, 2015

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Monday, November 2, 2015

Short Takes

Russia says the plane that crashed on the Sinai broke up in flight.

Witnesses describe gun rampage in Colorado Springs.

G.O.P. campaigns meet to whine about debate procedures.

43 Chipotle restaurants closed due to E. coli breakout.

The Royals won the World Series against the Mets.

R.I.P. Fred Thompson, 73, former senator, presidential candidate, and actor (Law & Order).

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Short Takes

They may be close to a deal on a two-year spending plan in Congress.

The death toll in the earthquake in Afghanistan and Pakistan tops 200.

The Obama administration wants to limit standardized testing.

House Freedom Nutsery: The farther-rights are attacking the far-right for supporting Paul Ryan.

WHO says bacon causes cancer.  Life is now meaningless.