Tuesday, October 14, 2014

American Horror Stories and Beyond

Just some of the frightening tidbits making news these past few days:

  • Reproductive Rights on the Ballot  "Amendment 67 in Colorado is a modified but no less unconstitutional version of the preposterous “personhood” proposals Colorado voters overwhelmingly rejected in 2008 and 2010. It would redefine the terms “person” and “child” in the state’s criminal code and wrongful death act to include “unborn human beings” — conferring on fertilized eggs legal rights and protections that apply to living individuals, criminalizing abortion even in cases of rape or incest or to protect a woman’s health." ~ New York Times, Opinion Piece by the Editorial Board
  • Callaway nuclear plant replacing 30-year-old reactor part "Workers will also replenish the plant's uranium dioxide supply, conduct inspections and tests, and replace 84 of the reactor core's 193 fuel assemblies, according to the release. The fuel assemblies are bundles of 12-foot metal tubes that house the uranium dioxide pellets." ~ Taylor Wanbaugh, the Missourian
  • The Fear Equation "Fear is not a weakness; it’s how people respond to danger. Unless it is calibrated properly, however, fear quickly turns into panic, and panic moves faster than any virus. ~ Michael Specter, The New Yorker
  • Police Arrest Dozens in Ferguson, MO 'Amid rain showers and a tornado watch, police in Ferguson, Mo., made dozens of arrests Monday afternoon and into the evening of people who had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who was killed by a white police officer in August." ~ Scott Neuman, NPR, The Two-Way
  • Police Investigating Match-Fixing Allegations in Badminton (Reuters) Vittinghus told DR [Danish Broadcasting Coroporation]: "It is quite scary to be contacted this way by people who want to harm our sport. The only thing I could do was to report the would-be fixer to BWF [Badminton World Federation]. ~ Hans-Kristian Vittinghus is one of Denmark's leading badminton player

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