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November 9, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 9, 2013

Gerald R. Ford wasn’t a particularly iconic president (though we recommend visiting his presidential library), but the aircraft carrier that bears his name, the USS Gerald R. Ford, could be the most innovative aircraft carrier of its kind—ever.

If Microsoft picks Stephen Elop to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO, expect Microsoft Office to show up on more platforms.

The last time Boston picked a new mayor, the Wu-Tang Clan hadn’t yet released its groundbreaking first album.

Speaking of mayors, they tried to make Rob Ford go to rehab, and he said, “poss-i-bly.” Sorry, Toronto.

Maldives, whose democracy is just five years old, is having a really hard time picking a president.

16:46 // 8 months ago
March 28, 2012

myohmoy says: Hey it is me again. I just heard about a documentary called Kony 2012 ;) JK It is called "The Island President" about the President of Maldives and the island nation that is been eaten away by the rising sea level. Since you have way more internet present. Can you think about sharing with your followers some info about it?

» SFB says: We actually had a couple stories about this president of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, from about a month and a half ago. Essentially, he lost power under not-the-greatest circumstances, amid allegations he forced out a judge who supported the opposition, though he later claimed it was a “coup.” He was the first democratically-elected president in the country, and now he’s gone. Certainly the documentary is worth a mention. He’s an interesting figure — he held an underwater cabinet meeting, for pete’s sake! — no matter what happened.  (In fact, the director now hopes to use the documentary as evidence Nasheed was removed in a coup.) But we’ll say the same thing with this doc we said about “Kony 2012”: Treat it like a good Wikipedia article. It’s a starting point for your research, not an end point. — Ernie @ SFB

20:40 // 2 years ago
February 9, 2012
The home minister has pledged (I will be) the first former president to spend all my life in jail. … the facts on the ground are that tomorrow I will be in jail.
Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed • Suggesting that he would be jailed shortly, days after resigning or getting forced from power. Despite word from his political party that Nasheed was beaten by police, he showed no signs of injury when he was interviewed. Despite this, word of his possible arrest certainly isn’t an empty threat — he spent years in jail under long-serving President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, and has been arrested 27 times before. The fairly tiny country of 330,000, a span of islands located in the Indian Ocean, gets many tourists, ensuring a high level of interest in the case. source (viafollow)
10:25 // 2 years ago
February 8, 2012
10:18 // 2 years ago
February 7, 2012
Eco-friendly Maldives president resigns: Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically-elected president of the Maldives, long held a reputation as being an environmentally-focused activist and organizer who used those skills to become president in 2008, replacing Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Gayoom, who led the country for three decades. But in recent weeks, Nasheed’s power was shaken over allegations he forced out a judge who supported the opposition. On Tuesday, he resigned amid protests. ”It will be better for the country in the current situation if I resign,” Nasheed said in a news conference. “I don’t want to run the country with an iron fist.” (Photo: In an attempt to highlight global war Nasheed holds the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting in 2009. EPA photo)

Eco-friendly Maldives president resigns: Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically-elected president of the Maldives, long held a reputation as being an environmentally-focused activist and organizer who used those skills to become president in 2008, replacing Maumoon Abdul Gayoom Gayoom, who led the country for three decades. But in recent weeks, Nasheed’s power was shaken over allegations he forced out a judge who supported the opposition. On Tuesday, he resigned amid protests. ”It will be better for the country in the current situation if I resign,” Nasheed said in a news conference. “I don’t want to run the country with an iron fist.” (Photo: In an attempt to highlight global war Nasheed holds the world’s first underwater cabinet meeting in 2009. EPA photo)

11:32 // 2 years ago