World News Section

Tuesday, November 23, 2010 - 4:36am

Oh, bugger -- another conflict brewing on the international stage. From the LA Times:


North Korea fires on South Korean island

Numerous casualties are reported as artillery rounds strike the island. South Korean troops return fire.

By John M. Glionna and Ethan Kim, Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2010|12:11 a.m.
Reporting from Seoul

North Korea on Tuesday fired dozens of artillery rounds onto more

Monday, November 22, 2010 - 5:42am

With our 24/7 news cycle, always moving on to the next adrenalin fix news story, how easy it is for horrific and arguably, avoidable events to fade from the public consciousness.

On April 5, 2010, only a little over 6 months ago, the headlines in the United States were about the tragedy which had befallen 29 miners in an underground coal mine in West Virginia run by Don Blankenship's, Massey Coal.
Upper Big Branch Mine disaster

29 lives were lost.

Just today in China, 29 coal miners more

Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 10:24am

Originally posted 2010-11-13 09:28:56 -0500. Bumped and promoted. -- GH

It was reported that hammocks are becoming trendy among Tokyoites, in part because lying in one “feels similar to being in the mother’s womb.”

The number of “citizens’ farms” rented out by local governments has increased threefold during the past 15 years.

Declaring that “the Democratic Party of Japan more

susie dow
Monday, November 1, 2010 - 11:45am

While it's very slow going, I am currently searching the WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs for the preliminary incident reports of kidnappings of Americans in Iraq. It is - most definitely - not a speedy project. That said, I thought I'd share some of my findings as well as search methodology that seems to work fairly well in terms of maneuvering around the database.

For whatever reasons, navigating the WikiLeaks' site is a bit clunky.

Here is a sample incident report for the kidnapping of American photojournalist, Paul more

Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 9:16am


It was reported that Steve Jobs vowed never to return to Japan after officials at Kansai International Airport confiscated ninja throwing stars that the Apple chief was carrying to his private jet. A company spokesman denied the report.

At last month’s World Judo Championships in Tokyo, 19-year-old Majlinda Kelmendi competed under the banner of the International Judo Federation instead of more

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 2:48pm

Originally posted 2010-10-08 12:00:02 -0400. Bumped and promoted. -- GH

Today the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo of china who has been an advocate for open since he was a student leader during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Even though the Tianamen Square protests were an ultimate failure Liu Xiaobno was undeterred in his promotion of a pluralistic Chinese government. When China was awarded the 2008 Olympic Summer Games one of the conditions imposed by the International more

Friday, October 8, 2010 - 5:02am

When a budding pirate, aged 9, from the Meridian Primary School in Greenwich wrote to Captain Jack Sparrow for help mutinying against the teachers, the Captain's alter ego decided it was worth a short jaunt from the nearby locale where he was filming "Pirates of the more

Open Thread
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 1:47am

Here's an eclectic collection of stories to start the week off:

  1. From the BBC: Chile miners speak to loved ones for first time. Miners who have been trapped underground in Chile for more than three weeks have had their first telephone contact with loved ones.

    Families queued to use a special telephone cabin and were given one minute each to talk to the trapped men.

  2. From the LA Times: read more
Connecticut Man1
Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 11:22am

From Bill in Portland Maine's "Cheers and Jeers, Thursday" edition where, typically, "Cheers and Jeers starts in There's Moresville... [Swoosh!!] RIGHT NOW! [Gong!!]"


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Monday, August 16, 2010 - 6:18am

Michael Collins

A revealing article appeared in Voice of America (VOA) on August 12. Defense Secretary Robert Gates made the following statement:

"I think we have an agreement with the Iraqis that both governments have more