- 100k+ citizens took to the streets in Brazil last night to protest poor treatment by local law enforcement, inadequate public services, and the rising costs that have accompanied Brazil’s winning bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2014. The protests coincided with the launch of the Confederations Cup, a smaller soccer event typically used by host cities to test their preparedness for the World Cup, and the recent uptick in demonstrations is currently being referred to as the “vinegar revolution” (among other titles). source
» SFB says: You’re reading it wrong. The Walking Dead was mentioned in a separate sentence for a reason. :) — Ernie @ SFB
- 63% the percentage of paid internships that led to job offers for 2013 graduates, according to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). To compare, just 37 percent of unpaid internships led to full-time jobs. And those who received paid internships got paid more at their real jobs, too. “In each survey, paid interns exceeded their peers in job offers and starting salaries,” NACE’s executive director, Marilyn Mackes, said. source
» SFB says: This comes up from time to time, but they’re initials for our names. My name is Ernie Smith. :) — Ernie @ SFB
» SFB says: I think libertarianism has long been on an upswing—at least since the rise of the Tea Party, and arguably during the 2008 Ron Paul campaign. The current issues with the NSA leak and the Obama administration don’t change that and may in fact energize it. That’s why Rand Paul is feeling an upswing. Stuff like his filibuster earlier this year resonates with a certain audience. It’s not clear whether third parties can totally break through, but a lot of the question is whether the negative momentum against the NSA stuff and the IRS thing, issues which riled up both sides of the aisle, can stick around for a while. We have a way of forgetting about this kind of thing these days, frustratingly, and that could prove the biggest hurdle for this having a lasting effect—an effect which could help raise nontraditional voices like Paul’s. — Ernie @ SFB
Thankfully, the passenger has been restrained and there don’t appear to be any signs that he successfully poisoned anyone.
from ABC News:
A Newark-bound United Airlines flight is carrying a passenger who reportedly informed the crew that he “poisoned everyone on board.”
United Flight 116, from Hong Kong, is set to land at 1:30 p.m.
The passenger is being restrained by other passengers.
Law enforcement officials in New York and Washington, D.C., are aware of the incident and are responding.
There is no evidence that passengers have been poisoned, and officials believe the man who made the claim is emotionally disturbed.
I will update this story with any new developments.
Crazy stuff right there. Definitely not something you’d want to deal with on a flight.
God, it’s like the Virginia governor and first lady are in college cramming for tests all the time.
mconor said: using the term ‘sell out’ makes you sound like a pretentious rolling stone writer from the seventies, also a loser
» SFB says: I don’t think of “selling out” as having a negative connotation in 2013, as far as music goes. It’s just the way things are done these days. It’s just a phrase at this point. — Ernie @ SFB
- 30+ the number of people killed in a series of violent car-bombing attacks throughout Iraq on Sunday. The attacks, which also injured scores of people throughout the country, raised concerns that widespread violence could return to the country a decade after the Iraq war began. Nearly 2,000 people have been killed since April. source
» SFB says: Not disagreeing—just pointing out what John McCain said about intelligence sharing, because he’s one of the guys deciding this thing for the rest of us. — Ernie @ SFB