Category: News

May 17

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

41 Stories.  Science Update to come.  51 Story Final.

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Iraq detains 1,000 in anti-al-Qaida crackdown

By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer

9 minutes ago

BAGHDAD – Nearly 1,000 people have been detained in a sweep to break al-Qaida in Iraq’s sway in Iraq’s third largest city, Mosul, but many of the fighters have fled to nearby areas, where troops are hunting for them, Iraqi officials said Saturday.

Iraq’s leaders presented the crackdown as a success so far in depriving the terror network of what has been its most prominent urban stronghold since it lost hold of cities in Iraq’s western Anbar province.

But the flight of al-Qaida fighters raises the concern they can regroup elsewhere, as has often happened in the past.

May 14

More bad news for Myanmar: Another cyclone may hit

As if the devastation from Cyclone Nargis on May 3 was not enough. As if the inability of the government to help the victims or allow international aid organizations to feed and shelter the millions in need was not enough.  As if the people of Myanmar had not suffered enough death, disease, hunger, thirst, cold, and fear.  An estimated 2 million survivors of the storm are still in need of emergency aid.  To date, U.N. agencies and other groups have been able to reach only 270,000 people.

Bottlenecks, poor logistics, limited infrastructure and the military government’s refusal to allow foreign aid workers have left most of the delta’s survivors living in miserable conditions without food or clean water. The government’s efforts have been criticized as woefully slow.

Souce

The situation is about to get much, much worse.  Forecasters are now tracking another tropical low that is expected to become another cyclone and track into the already devastated Irriwaddy delta.

May 14

The Morning News

The Morning News is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Police report 60 killed by bombs in western India

Associated Press

1 hour, 20 minutes ago

NEW DELHI – A series of bombs exploded across the ancient city of Jaipur on Tuesday, killing at least 60 people and transforming busy markets, a jewelry bazaar and a Hindu temple into scenes of carnage.

All seven blasts were within the old walls of the western city known for its pink-hued palaces, and suspicion quickly fell on Islamic militant groups blamed for a string of attacks in India in recent years. Police said an eighth bomb was found and defused by police.

“Obviously, it’s a terrorist” attack, said A.S. Gill, the police chief of Rajasthan, the state where Jaipur is located. “The way it has been done, the attempt was to cause the maximum damage to human life.”

May 11

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Boat carrying Myanmar aid sinks; toll climbs beyond 28,000

Associated Press

20 minutes ago

YANGON, Myanmar – A Red Cross boat carrying rice and drinking water for cyclone victims sank Sunday, while the death toll jumped to more than 28,000 and aid groups warned of a humanitarian catastrophe.

The boat was carrying supplies for more than 1,000 people and was the first Red Cross shipment to the disaster area, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said. All four relief workers on board were safe, it said.

“This is a great loss for the Myanmar Red Cross and for the people who need aid so urgently,” said Aung Kyaw Htut, the distribution team leader of the Myanmar Red Cross.

May 10

Weekend News Digest

Weekend News Digest is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Referendum in Myanmar likely to solidify junta’s power

Associated Press

1 hour, 12 minutes ago

HLEGU, Myanmar – Myanmar held a referendum Saturday that likely will solidify the ruling junta’s hold on power, even as it appeared overwhelmed by a devastating cyclone that killed tens of thousands of people.

Human rights organizations and anti-government groups have bitterly accused the government of neglecting cyclone victims to advance its political agenda, and have criticized its proposed constitution as designed to perpetuate military rule.

Local journalists said they saw cases of intimidation of voters at various polling stations around the country.

May 07

The Morning News

The Morning News is an Open Thread

#1, Only New Stuff.

Old Stuff is here and here and there.

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Yet another `American Idol’ hopeful flubs lyrics to a song

Associated Press

Tue May 6, 11:41 PM ET  

May 07

Evening Edition

6 pm- Africa 1, Asia 5, Europe 2, North America 1, South America 3, News & Politics 5, Entertainment 1, Business 7, Science 4, Health 2, Blogline 5

May 06

Morning Edition

Overnight- Asia 5, Europe 1, News & Politics 2, Entertainment 1, Business 4, Science 2, Health 4, Sports 1, Blogline 8

10 am- Africa 1, Asia 5, Europe 3, News & Politics 6, Media 1, Business 7, Science 4, Health 2

48 stories.

May 06

A Baltimore Herald Update

As some of you may have observed I’ve been working out my proposal for the Baltimore Herald.

The part I’ve been working on with the Morning and Evening Editions is news gathering and story formatting.

Now the news gathering part has been a rip roaring success from my standpoint- 80 stories today!  And it is somewhat easier and less time consuming to visit frequently and harvest just a little bit at a time.

May 06

Evening Edition

Africa 3, Asia 7, South America 1, News & Politics 5, Business 4, Science 5, Health 2, Sports 2, Blogline 2

Stories collected from 6 pm to 8 pm

So I think this proves for sure that the material is out there to do this.  This is 80 stories today.

May 06

The Serendipitous ‘Suicide’ of the D.C. Madame



“Death solves all problems – no man, no problem.”

-Joseph Stalin

You can add D.C. Madame Deborah Jeane Palfrey to that long list of marvelously convenient mysterious deaths, ‘accidents’ and ‘suicides’ that have for so long been a fixture of the hijacked by fascist American political system. The dead giveaway on the importance of Palfrey and the threat that she represents is that ordinarily such an incident would be flogged to death 24/7 on the corporate media machine given the sexual sleaze factor and the celebrity allure. Well that insipid blathering sow Nancy Grace spent about ten or fifteen minutes on it on Thursday and was then on to something ridiculous involving actor Rob Lowe, as much as I hate cable ‘news’ programs I tuned again the night after and she was talking about some kidnapped or murdered pregnant teenager, you know, the same local news that is trumped up and manufactured into a national crisis.

May 05

Morning Edition

10 pm- Africa 1, Asia 5, Europe 1, South America 1, Entertainment 1, Business 1, Science 4

2 am- Asia 1, Australia 2, Business 1, Health 1, Blogline 1

10 am- Asia 8, Blogroll 3, Business 4, Africa 2, Entertainment 3, Science 5, Health 1, News & Politics 2, Europe 1

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