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7 month old baby pulls tail of cat. Cat scratches baby. Father of baby kicks cat butt. Then things go rapidly downhill between the 22 pound house cat "with a history of violence" and the family...
Independent.ie: "The 911 operator stayed on the phone with the caller to ensure the family, including the dog, remained safe in the bedroom as the cat screeched in the background," a Portland Police Bureau press release said.
CBS News: "The cat remained behind bars in the custody of the family and officers cleared the scene and continued to fight crime elsewhere in the city," Portland police said in a release.
KGW.com: Video of the cat and interview with the mother.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: The Oregon owners of a 22-pound housecat that trapped them in their bedroom after attacking their baby say they're not giving up on their pet and are getting it medical attention and therapy.
The 911 call and the inevitable Twitter account.
Brian Greene is now offering an online course on the theory of relativity. There are two versions of the class, one with math and one without. Additional information was provided during Greene's recent Ask Me Anything on reddit, during which he agrees with a redditor who recommends Leonard Susskind's "Theoretical Minimum"(previously) as a good preliminary.
On April 7th, Quebeckers will head to the polls because of a snap election called by the PQ minority government. Of course, as in this part of Canada, election time is never without controversy. Between Liberal leader Phillippe Couillard touting the benefits of bilingualism and CAQ leader Francois LeGault presenting his budget if his party is elected, it all pales to this past weekend's announcement that Quebec media oligarch Pierre Karl Peladeau is running in a riding for the Parti Quebecois.
An unrepentant sovereigntist, PKP--as he is called--controls the province's largest private television network and most big city newspapers. Is he going to relinquish control of his empire while he runs in the election? Nope, he has "no intention" of selling his shares in his multi-million dollar company.
As usual, this spurs talk of another referendum. Marois is waiting for her winning conditions, but that hasn't stopped her from talking big. But with the recent loss of 26,000 jobs, a province deeply in debt, what are winning conditions?
Here we go again, guys!
Melody Jo Samuelson, a staff psychologist at California's Napa State Hospital (Previously), recently won a million-dollar judgement against the state and her supervisors. She had been told to declare mentally ill patients competent to stand trial.
Samuelson's court complaint alleged that James Jones, the Napa hospital's chief of psychology, "made it clear ... that he was committed to ... returning patients to court as competent to stand trial." To do that, Jones lowered evaluation standards and pressured staff to use unreliable methods to determine patients' competency, according to the complaint. One assessment technique, the complaint said, used a "mock trial" method that prepared patients to answer evaluation questions by rote memorization.
Last Friday, Chipotle filed a lawsuit against Frank Ocean for failing to deliver a song he was due to record for an ad campaign. Ocean was paid in advance but apparently thought he was promoting responsible farming, not Chipotle's brand. Ocean responded on Tumblr with This.
"Pure Imagination" was eventually recorded by Fiona Apple (previously) but has been criticised and parodied due to its greenwashing of Chipotle's real-life meat sources.
It has been said in half-jest that Pepsi was the official soda of the Cold War. Vice President Richard Nixon shared a Pepsi with Soviet Russia's Premier, Nikita Khrushchev, at the opening of the "American National Exhibition" in Moscow on July 24, 1959, after the famous "Kitchen Debate" (CBS newscast on Archive.org; transcript with two photos from the day). But how was it that Pepsi was the only Western soda-pop available there that day? Look to Donald Kendall, a long-time pal of Richard Nixon, who starting out in 1947 selling fountain syrup in New York, and rose through the ranks to be President of Pepsi Cola International by 1957.
In the 1940s, Coca-Cola manufactured a clear variant, often called White Coke, at the request of Marshal of the Soviet Union Georgy Zhukov. The drink was clear to allow Zhukov to drink in public without scrutiny, and was not produced for the public. Otherwise, Coca-Cola was a strictly American creation, and formally excluded from the Soviet market until 1985.
As stated in the Radio Free Europe Radio Library article, Coca-Cola was offered the option to take part in the American National Exhibition in '59, but they were one of the many companies that were hesitant to take part due to the Cold War. Don Kendall, representing Pepsi Cola, capitalized on this and his connection to Vice President Nixon, and. he got a Pepsi (or eight) in the hands of Khrushchev. This time, soda was consumed in public and by the public, wit 10,000 cups of cola given away every hour for the whole 42 days of the show. Russians had tasted cola, though it would be another 15 years before Pepsi was distributed in Russia, in trade for Stolichnaya Russian vodka to be sold on the U.S. market.
One tangent before heading on: Opening in Moscow is a 49 minute documentary on the American National Exhibition.
Nixon was out of a job in the beginning of 1961, and he was looking for a lucrative position that would provide him the flexibility to campaign. Kendall helped Nixon land a lucrative law position, offering firm that hired Nixon the Pepsi-Cola account (Google news). When Nixon was president, he appointed Don Kendall as Chairman of the National Alliance of Businessmen in 1969.
The next year, while discussing the terrorist hostage crisis in Amman, Jordan, an internal discussion shifted suddenly to Salvador Allende and the presidency of Chile, the direct result of a plea for action Donald Kendall to save PepsiCo's market in Chile.
But if you take the story farther, you'll find the efforts by JFK and associates to funnel funds into the campaign of Eduardo Frei against Allende. Things get weird if you try to add in the conspiracy theories around Nixon Kendall being involved in re-routing JFK's fatal motorcade tour.
Nils Horner was killed on the street early this morning. Here is a short article in English from a Swedish source.
Reporter Nils Horner is from Borås. Nor surprisingly, the front page of Borås Tidning is full of the news (in Swedish).
The killing has been called "execution-style," and the Washington Post fears a new trend.
Report from Dagens Nyheter, also in Swedish.
United States Senator Dianne Feinstein Publicly Accuses C.I.A. of Spying on Congress. 'The chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday accused the Central Intelligence Agency of improperly removing documents from computers that committee staff members had been using to complete a report on the agency's detention program, saying the move was part of an effort to intimidate the committee.' 'Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California and the chairwoman of the committee, suggested on the Senate floor that the agency had violated federal law and said the C.I.A. had undermined Congress's constitutional right to oversee the actions of the executive branch.'
'The disclosure comes a week after the first reports that the C.I.A. late last year had carried out a separate search of computers used by her staff. The C.I.A. said it carried out the search to uncover how the committee gained access to an internal review of the detention program cited by Democratic lawmakers critical of the program.
Calling the present conflict a "defining moment" for the oversight of American spy agencies," Ms. Feinstein forcefully denied that committee staff members had obtained the internal review improperly, saying that the internal document had been made available as part of the millions of pages of documents that the agency had given the committee to conduct its investigation.'
'The expanding dispute has opened a rift between the CIA and the Senate committee that oversees it and often has defended it. Already, some CIA officers could face criminal prosecution as a result of a Justice Department investigation of the incident.'
From writing about Tree-Living Anarchists to a recent GQ story on Drone pilots, Matthew Power wrote "The kind of stories I've gotten to do have involved fulfilling my childhood fantasies of having an adventurous life." He had an adventurous life and brought us along with him. RIP.
A collection of reader 'Top Tips' from UK 'true life' magazines.
Occasional 'top tip' roundups can also be found here, here and here. Unlike Viz, who have parodied this trope for years, one can only presume they are serious.
World Lite is a polemic against 'world literature' published last year in the magazine N+1. It is the latest salvo in a long-running debate about the term. M. Lynx Qualey of Arabic Literature (in English) gave a response to N+1, and so did Poorva Rajaram and Michael Griffith in Tehelka, N+1 responded to both, and the article was discussed at the Hay Festival in Dhaka. The N+1 article references Franco Moretti, who framed the contemporary version of the debate when he published Conjectures on World Literature and More Conjectures in 2000 and 2003 respectively.
In January dhruva made a post about a review by Caroline Levine in Public Books of three books that have recently appeared on world literature, Against World Literature by Emily Apter, On Literary Worlds by Eric Hayot, and Distant Reading by Franco Moretti.
Polyhedra and the Media - On the new polyhedra of Schein and Gayed, and mathematical journalism.
Vasa Real, a central Stockholm high school with special classes for Jewish pupils was covered in Nazi graffiti on Monday morning, leaving a parent in tears and fearing the rise of fascism in Europe.
The central Stockholm high school has more than 800 pupils from grades five to nine, when the children are between 11 and 15. At high-school level, there are three classes with Jewish children who study the Swedish curriculum but also study Hebrew and Jewish studies, according to the Vasa Real website.
On Tuesday, students were met with a different bunch of symbols put up by neighbours, friends, and local politicians. (sorry in Swedish, but the photos tell the story.)
"Margery Kempe was a self-proclaimed holy woman, visionary, mystic and medieval pilgrim. She is also unique because although she was not proficient at reading and writing, she was determined to record her visions, journeys and spiritual experiences. She dictated her book to a scribe of which only one copy survives, now housed in the British Library. Nearly everything we know about her comes from her book." -- Susan Abernethy writes about a woman we only know about because she wrote a tell-all autobiography.
Arguably the most successful UK trade union leader of our time, the tireless Bob Crow, General Secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union has passed away.
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