Welcome back to the world following a weekend that put many of us in the District into a time warp where only snow existed. If anyone caught the Oscars it was uneventful award-wise but notable speech-wise, with Patricia Arquette delivering a powerful albeit intersectionality-dense speech on working women (supported by Meryl Streep and JLo), Graham Moore sending a touching tribute to queer people the world over, John Legend and Common killing it in a discussion on race in America, and Sean Penn’s racism and xenophobia being appropriately countered by Alejandro González Iñárritu, who may have found the joke ‘hilarious’ but who had this to say: “I want to dedicate this award for my fellow Mexicans, the ones who live in Mexico. I pray that we can find and build the government that we deserve. And the ones that live in this country, who are part of the latest generation of immigrants in this country, I just pray that they can be treated with the same dignity and respect of the ones who came before and built this incredible immigrant nation. Thank you very much.” Peace out, #OscarsSoWhite. [Related: Disney star Zendaya was a class-act after racist remarks were made concerning her hair.]
Other serious things happened in the world this week but somehow the news concluded with llamas and deceptive dresses. Mic: This blog thinks the dress is white and gold.
Residents of the District, we are being mocked by our peers in Boston. That having been said, it’s been a cold and snowy week — and this weekend looks cold too. Stay bundled up. (DC-related: 10 tv shows about us, ranked. This blog debates the presence of Homeland, however.) This week has a wave of technology news (iCars, anyone?), a combination of ISIS-Nutella-Kittens (don’t ask), advice from the dying, ongoing atrocities from militants in MENA and Sub-Saharan Africa, fights over biryani, solidarity between Jews and Muslims, and a weird cloud hanging over a portion of Mars. Repeat: stay bundled up this weekend. (Brightest news of the week: Coffee may be healthy. You heard it here probably not first but definitely most joyfully.) Also a happy Chinese New Year to all celebrating! Year of the Ram/Goat/Sheep, i.e. this blog’s preferred year.
This blog’s thoughts on last Sunday’s Grammy awards range, but a heartfelt congratulations to the talented Sam Smith! This week brings us a seeming ceasefire between the Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists, the tragic shooting of three young American Muslims, the departure of Jon Stewart from The Daily Show, a full-fledged temper tantrum from a handful of judges in Alabama, and the fact that Ruth Bader Ginsberg apparently likes her wine. Happy weekend to all, stay warm DC residents, it’s going to be a cold one.
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HSBC reportedly helped conceal $100 billion in Swiss bank accounts. Oof.
Veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash in NYC this week. He was a phenomenal journalist and will be missed. Also tragic: the death of New York Times critic David Carr. Sad week for journalism.
Congratulations to the Patriots, who won the Super Bowel (Superbowl Superb Owl?) this week…though Neil deGrasse Tyson’s opinion is all this blog cares about. (That and Missy Elliott.) Apart from that it’s been a somber week — a Jordanian pilot was burned alive in a cage in a move overwhelmingly condemned by people all over the world and one which has pushed his country to take on Daesh/ISIS with a fury. Greece and Germany are going head-to-head over debt while Germany and France multitask attempting to convince Russia and the Ukraine to simmer down. Reclusive author Harper Lee will publish a sequel-come-prequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, a bunch of parents in California won’t vaccinate their children, Australia’s prime minister may be on the way out, and Argentina’s president is struggling with both a case of casual racism and a case of casual murder accusations. Meanwhile TransAsia experienced another tragic plane loss and NYC saw a metro crash in what has to be a terrible week for transportation news.
And it’s only February (though DC also has had a remarkably warm winter in light of its northern neighbors being buried under snow).