An American-born detainee in North Korea—one who didn’t have a chance to star in a music video filmed in the country—has apologized (likely under duress) for ”indelible offensive acts against the DPRK government and Korean people.” The man, 85-year-old Merrill Newman, is a Korean War veteran and has been detained by the country for more than a month.
Researchers have discovered a new, more aggressive strain of the HIV virus. They say it leads to full-blown AIDS in just five years.
If you want to own some of Whitey Bulger’s stuff, you’re going to soon have an opportunity.
This Headline Smasher site deserves to go viral.
This issue was about individuals and the targets were specific. This was something personal.Thailand’s national police chief, Gen. Prewpan Dhamapong • Discussing recent attacks committed by Iranians in his country. Here’s the big reveal: They now “know for certain that (the target) was Israeli diplomats.” This bolsters Israel’s evidence that a series of diplomatic attacks earlier this week might’ve been tied to Iran.
imwithkanye says: What is the one piece of news you wish you would had written or reported? Whose work do you admire the most?
» SFB says: Regarding the first half of that, I feel like, honestly, I try to catch as much as I can, but sometimes the beast that is limited resources can really get in the way. I wish the site could’ve done more with Occupy Wall Street some nights. I wish I could give equal weight to the natural disasters that come along (we covered Thailand’s recent flooding a little too lightly, for example). But with just a handful of writers, you have to be careful to ensure that your appetite is as big as your stomach. So often we’ll cover one story really well if it’s big enough, or touch on four or five at a time.
As for the second part: I’ve always told people that my two biggest inspirations in doing this blog are Andrew Sullivan and Charles Apple. You guys all know Sullivan. Some of you hate his work or obsessions with Trig Palin or whatever. I tend to think that he set many of the basic templates for mixing news and opinion in a blog; he’s a trailblazer, plain and simple. As for Charles Apple, he runs a newspaper-design blog that is more of a direct influence on what I do. When I started the site, I asked him for feedback; I still cite his site pretty regularly. I came from news design, and while SFB’s focus is broader than that, the numbers and blurbs come from those roots. Beyond that, I find ProducerMatthew's work to be super-inspiring. — Ernie @ SFB (Alright, Office Hours over for now; we have one or two still sitting around and we’ll get to those over the next few days.)
» A harsh effect, a long reach: With the Thailand floods causing billions of dollars in damage and putting numerous people out of work, Among other industries, the auto industry and the computer industry could suffer significantly due to the Thai flooding. Hard drives could rise in price by up to 40 percent, and car manufacturing plants as far away as North America have had to shut down as a result of the floods — and it’s so bad, some companies are considering sending Thai workers to Japan to continue their work. Many expect the drop in Thailand’s growth forecast to be a sign that the country plans to enact measures to support the economy.