News Round-Up 5/30/14: A Day Of Resignations

Sweet farewell — of sorts. The Blues & the News will momentarily be moving to weekends while the blog undergoes some life shifts and growing pains. We will see how this goes. Kickoff scheduled for next weekend as opposed to this upcoming one. Failure or success? We will seeeee!

cnn / driving through the white desert in egypt
cnn / driving through the white desert in egypt

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News Round-Up 5/29/14: Piketty, New Isolationism, & Inequality

Announcing some upcoming adjustments to the blog: Due to a change in your blogger’s professional life + daily routine, this blog may move to the weekends as opposed to weekdays, with the exception of breaking news updates. Though this is certainly not ideal, it may be necessary. Test-run will come next week and we will see how things shake out!

Spellers Charles Sirui Li (left) of Martinez, Georgia and Sumedh Garimella of Duluth, Georgia, watch as they wait for their turns during round two of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition National Harbor, Maryland. More than 250 spellers from the U.S. and seven other countries gathered to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest. | Getty Images
Spellers Charles Sirui Li (left) of Martinez, Georgia and Sumedh Garimella of Duluth, Georgia, watch as they wait for their turns during round two of the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee competition National Harbor, Maryland. More than 250 spellers from the U.S. and seven other countries gathered to compete for the top honor in the annual spelling contest. | Getty Images

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News Round-Up 5/28/14: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou passed away this morning. If this blog had a flag, it would be at half-mast. Blessings and love to an incredible and extraordinary human. 

reuters / Family members hold hands as they mourn during the funeral of Belgium shooting victims, Israeli couple Emmanuel and Miriam Riva, at Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv
reuters / Family members hold hands as they mourn during the funeral of Belgium shooting victims, Israeli couple Emmanuel and Miriam Riva, at Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Tel Aviv
reuters / A bloodstained icon of Jesus is seen among blood soaked shattered glass atop a wrecked truck near the Donetsk airport
reuters / A bloodstained icon of Jesus is seen among blood soaked shattered glass atop a wrecked truck near the Donetsk airport

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News Round-Up 5/27/14: Modi + Sharif & Misogyny + Guns

Things that failed to make my breaking news updates from both NYT and WaPo (I blame my phone) — the misogyny-fueled shooting rampage that took place in California this weekend. Tragic and devastating, though unlikely to shift the American mentality that gun control would be an impossible demand and a burden on our nation’s upstanding and rightly-minded gun owners. (Read: Sarcasm.)

Apart from that, I hope everyone (if based in the US/American/etc) enjoyed and reflected on their Memorial Day weekend. Happy Tuesday!

reuters / India's PM Modi is greeted by his Pakistani counterpart Sharif after Modi took the oath of office at the presidential palace in New Delhi
reuters / India’s PM Modi is greeted by his Pakistani counterpart Sharif after Modi took the oath of office at the presidential palace in New Delhi

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News Round-Up 5/23/14: The World Cup Cometh Soon + Reparations

Happy Friday! The Blues are off being bluesy on Monday, and a happy Memorial Day Weekend to you all! In other exciting news, the World Cup is only a few weeks away. GET READY, this blog will be shrine. First-ever Blues & the News sports coverage. 

reuters / Brazilian artist Paulo Ito talks on his mobile phone next to graffiti he painted referencing the 2014 World Cup, on the door of a public schoolhouse in Sao Paulo
reuters / Brazilian artist Paulo Ito talks on his mobile phone next to graffiti he painted referencing the 2014 World Cup, on the door of a public schoolhouse in Sao Paulo

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News Round-Up 5/22/14: The VA Scandal & Thailand’s Coup

reuters / Thai soldiers stand guard during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand's army chief held a meeting with all rival factions in central Bangkok
reuters / Thai soldiers stand guard during a coup at the Army Club where Thailand’s army chief held a meeting with all rival factions in central Bangkok
reuters / A migrant plays with a child as they arrive on the Italian Navy ship San Giorgio, at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta
reuters / A migrant plays with a child as they arrive on the Italian Navy ship San Giorgio, at the Sicilian harbour of Augusta

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  • Pending: Will Nawaz Sharif be in attendance at the swearing-in of Mr. Modi? I’ll be checking my news updates tonight and so will everyone else who cares about South Asia. Sources in Islamabad say he wants to, and is merely consulting the correct channels to see if the move is advisable. WE WILL SEE.
  • Russia and China helpfully shut down a Syrian ICC referral this morning. Thank you not, Russia and China.
  • America’s fastest-growing cities are in Texas, the South and Southwest, and…Maryland.
  • The VA scandal timeline. 
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes, the female left’s response to Mitch McConnell, the male right’s response to sanity.
  • DC’s adoption laws are drawing lesbians here. Mhm.
  • A Democratic senator says many people oppose Obamacare because racism. Presented without comment but with the note that this blog supports Obamacare and arches an eyebrow at certain elements of rhetoric used against it.
  • The New Fed.
  • Wyoming’s lethal drugs are in short supply, so it’s considering firing squad. I hope this will be the end of Americans referring to practices in other nations as “barbaric.”
  • Uncovered government papers show efforts made in the past to boot LGBTQ individuals from jobs.

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News Round-Up 5/21/14: Hump Day Havoc

reuters / Marine Le Pen, France's far-right National Front political party leader, smokes an electronic cigarette as she attends a debate for the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in Lillle
reuters / Marine Le Pen, France’s far-right National Front political party leader, smokes an electronic cigarette as she attends a debate for the upcoming European Parliamentary elections in Lillle

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News Round-Up 5/20/14: Antisemitism & Guns In Chipotle

Daily observation: While I both enjoy his music and have nevertheless always found his politics problematic as a male heterosexual white champion of queer causes, Macklemore has now crossed the line even further. I know antisemitism amuses a lot of people. Your blogger is not one. More here and here.

reuters / Thai soldiers take their positions in the middle of a main intersection in Bangkok's shopping district
reuters / Thai soldiers take their positions in the middle of a main intersection in Bangkok’s shopping district

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According to a recent global survey by the Anti-Defamation League, two-thirds of respondents either had never heard of the Holocaust or believed historical accounts were exaggerated. And the ignorance is concentrated among the young. This school year, in California’s Rialto Unified School Districteighth-grade students were asked to write an essay on whether they believed the Holocaust “was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.” Note “scheme” and “wealth” — words that Jews have heard before. School officials were forced to cancel the assignment. Which National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke described as a “damn shame” — the cancelation, not the assignment. Cooke complained that academic discussion is too often “conducted between narrow and sternly policed rails.” The purpose of education is to cultivate critical thinking, not “to indoctrinate our children with the values of the state.” The application of ideology in this case — an all-purpose conservative critique of political correctness — is intellectually lazy. But the assumption of two-sidedness when considering the Holocaust is positively dangerous.

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News Round-Up 5/19/14: Brown v. The Board Of Education Turns 60 & Modi Is Major

Happy Monday! If Monday can be happy, that is. Enjoyed New America’s annual conference, as well as all the Hillary time. She was on point. Missed a lot over the past few days, including but not limited to the firing of NYT’s first female executive editor amidst a storm of controversy re: sexism, Narendra Modi’s (Notorious Narendra)  sweeping of India’s election and the BJP’s new reign over one of the globe’s growing powers, AND the fact that AT&T is set to buy DirectTv for $48.5 billion. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. the Board of Education

General blog notes: All of Sub-Saharan Africa is now in one category, for ease and geographic accuracy. 

reuters / Free Syrian Army fighters fire a self-made rocket towards forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Bustan al-Basha district in Aleppo
reuters / Free Syrian Army fighters fire a self-made rocket towards forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Bustan al-Basha district in Aleppo

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News Round-Up 5/14/14: Apparently Everyone Is Antisemitic

It’s a slow news day and unfortunately the blog will be unattended tomorrow and Friday. I’ll be at New America’s annual conference. Tune in via our live feed, and enjoy! Regular blogging will resume next Monday.

reuters / UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks to the media after Security Council consultations at the United Nations headquarters in New York
reuters / UN-Arab League Envoy to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi speaks to the media after Security Council consultations at the United Nations headquarters in New York

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