Posts tagged news
Posts tagged news
Egyptian police say they have recovered an ancient statue of Tutankhamun’s sister, stolen during unrest in August.
The limestone figurine believed to be of Ankhesamon was among hundreds of artefacts taken from the museum in Mallawi, amid the unrest following the overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi.
Good news. Before reading this, I had no idea that museums were raided during the august turmoil.
Sean Murphy, AP:
The Republican-controlled Legislature in this state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt authorized the privately funded Ten Commandments monument in 2009, and it was placed on the Capitol grounds last year despite criticism from legal experts who questioned its constitutionality. The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit seeking its removal.
But the New York-based Satanic Temple saw an opportunity. It notified the state’s Capitol Preservation Commission that it wants to donate a monument and plans to submit one of several possible designs this month, said Lucien Greaves, a spokesman for the temple.
Goddamn, “Lucien Greaves” is the perfect name for the spokesperson for a Satanic tempe.
'Ili: “state known as the buckle of the Bible Belt”
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Uri Friendman in The Atlantic on a statue of Vladimir Lenin that was toppled in the Ukraine on Sunday during protests about a European Union trade deal’s recent rejection by President Viktor Yanukovych:
The fight over the Lenin sculpture in Kiev mirrors a larger battle in Ukraine over monuments to the country’s communist past—one primarily waged between the traditionally nationalist west and pro-Russian east. In August, RIA Novosti noted that at least 12 Lenin statues had been defaced in Ukraine since 2009 as part of a “statue war” between communists and nationalists. In perhaps the most bizarre manifestation of this conflict, a promotional video for the Euro 2012 soccer championships in Kharkiv edited out a Lenin statue from a shot of the city’s main square to avoid showing “images of a commercial and political nature”
The phrase “statue war” is unfortunately a lot less exciting in this context than it could potentially be elsewhere.
Katie Fehrenbacher on Gigaom:
Silicon Valley battery startup Envia Systems once claimed that its next-generation lithium ion battery tech was such a breakthrough that it could bring electric vehicles to the masses. Those claims brought in millions of dollars of funds from the Department of Energy’s APRA-E program, Valley venture capitalists, and a deal with car giant GM, which makes the Volt electric car. But according to information revealed in two lawsuits against Envia, the company is alleged to have used other companies’ technology in its battery tech (one part allegedly stolen, one part purchased and used as if it was their own), and hasn’t been able to recreate the breakthrough battery results for its GM deal, leading to that deal allegedly being cancelled.
I’ve never heard of these guys before, but the tech sounds like it’d be pretty cool if it actually worked. Envia has denied the allegations.
Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe:
Boston researchers are reporting the return of the HIV virus in two patients who had become virus-free after undergoing bone marrow transplants, dashing hopes of a possible cure that had generated widespread excitement.
The rebound of the virus shows its persistence, and that it can hide in places in the body where it’s hard to find, said the lead scientist, Dr. Timothy Henrich of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
A disappointing result, but since the procedure was slightly effective, it might lead to future research.
If you’ve heard of the Burning Man art/alternative lifestyle festival, what you might not know is that the organizers have been feuding with the county it’s hosted in, Pershing County in Nevada, for about a year. The county has been trying to get more money from the festival for security and so forth, and Burning Man pushed back against the additional fees and sued them.
Burning Man and Pershing County reached an agreement and tried to get the federal judge overseeing the case, Robert C. Jones, to dismiss the lawsuit. However, Jones objected to the settlement on the grounds of… well, no one is exactly sure what his reasons are. But he’s mad about something. Whether he’ll clarify what he’s mad about is an open question.
I cracked up reading Scott Sonner’s article for the AP on this because of how he had to write around the vagueness of Jones’s objections. A few choice quotes:
"It’s absurd and it’s illegal,” said Jones, though it wasn’t clear what would be illegal about the agreement.
With the county and Burning Man organizers saying they considered their dispute resolved, it wasn’t clear what impact his ruling would have on the agreement.
Colin: HE’S MAD ABOUT WE’RE NOT SURE WHAT. EFFECTS OF THIS UNKNOWN.
Los Alamos National Laboratory press release:
"Los Alamos’ RAPTOR telescopes in New Mexico and Hawaii received a very bright cosmic birth announcement for a black hole on April 27," said astrophysicist Tom Vestrand, lead author of a paper appearing today in the journal Science that highlights the unusual event.
"This was the burst of the century," said Los Alamos co-author James Wren. "It’s the biggest, brightest one to happen in at least 20 years, and maybe even longer than that."
The fact that this was the largest such event in a while and the huge amount of monitoring equipment we have these days mean that we got an enormous amount of data, so apparently scientists are pretty excited about analyzing this one.
RAPTOR stands for RAPid Telescopes for Optical Response, by the way. It’s not science without silly acronyms.
So, unfortunately, this “knockout game" thing is making the rounds again. Just like several years ago, there doesn’t actually appear to be any sort of increasing trend in this rare type of assault; the only rise is in news and social media’s caring about and sensationalization of it. But hey, racists gotta keep us in constant fear of the endemic violence of black culture or whatever dog whistle they’re trying this week.
I’m going to take this opportunity to link John H. Tucker’s award-winning article for St. Louis’s Riverfront Times in 2011 on the subject:
Mike Males, a research fellow at the nonprofit Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice and who runs the website YouthFacts.org, says the media have made habit of cherry-picking isolated instances of “knockout games” in order to gin up sensational stories that demonize youth. “This knockout-game legend is a fake trend,” Males contends.
Given that 4.3 million violent attacks were reported by U.S. citizens in 2009, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey, Males says reporters should know better than to highlight a handful of random attacks by kids and call it journalism. It’s the same thing as plucking a few instances of attackers with Jewish surnames who beat up non-Jews and declaring it a “troubling new trend,” he argues.
Still, over the years a handful of reports of “knockout” have emerged from cities in Missouri, Illinois, Massachusetts and New Jersey. And most criminologists and youth experts agree that unprovoked attacks by teenagers on strangers are a real, if extremely rare, phenomenon. “Knockout King” might be a new name, but it fits right into the timeworn litany of drifting, aimless kids who travel in packs and accost the vulnerable. The infamous Central Park Jogger case of 1989 popularized the term “wilding.”
This shit is literally just the “wilding” of the 2010s, and thanks to YouTube and CNN we’re going through another cycle of outrage.
I don’t want to make it sound like these assaults never ever happen, though, so please do read the article. It was written shortly after the murder of Hoang Nguyen from the knockout game in St. Louis, and Tucker devotes a lot of time to it.
AP reports on chain restaurants opening up in Alaska:
When Olive Garden opened, people stood in line in the bitter winter to get a table. Buffalo Wild Wings is in the city. Next year, Anchorage will get its first Texas Roadhouse, a Hard Rock Cafe and Krispy Kreme doughnut shops.
"We are foodies in Anchorage, and we are significant consumers," said Bill Popp, president of the Anchorage Economic Development Corp, adding that one reason for the influx is the relative health of the local economy and people having money to spend.
I really like how the author put Popp’s quote declaring Anchorage as a city of foodies right next to the opening of a Krispy Kreme.
Elaine Kurtenbach, AP:
A volcanic eruption has raised a new island, according to earthquake experts and the Japanese coast guard.
Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the islet is about 660 feet in diameter. It is just off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, which is also known as the Bonin Islands.
The approximately 30 islands are 620 miles south of Tokyo, and along with the rest of Japan are part of the seismically active Pacific “Ring of Fire.”