Friday, January 28, 2011

The Morning Blog

In an effort to curb further protests, Egypt has shut down all internet access in the country (Free registration required to view the link. But it's the Financial Times so totally worth it). This is a considerably more drastic step than those taken by authorities during Iran's Green Uprising last year. From a virtual standpoint, Egypt has literally vanished from the map.

Meanwhile in Yemen...

Meanwhile in Jordan...

One thing I question about these protests though: Are they necessarily pro-democracy? It strikes me that more than a few of the protesters are advocating for the freedom to be fundamentalists.

Kabul has supermarkets? I'm not at all surprised that a bomb went off in Kabul but...supermarkets? That's not something I expected.

On a more cheerful note, Nelson Mandela has returned home from the hospital.

More on the US Consular employee who shot and killed two Pakistanis in Lahore. I'm fairly certain that the man was trying to protect himself from what he perceived to be a robbery attempt. However, I have to side with the Pakistanis on this: Why exactly was an embassy employee driving about with a gun in a foreign country? I can't imagine that that's normal protocol.

I'm starting to get very, very sick of the snow. My mother returned from London yesterday, landed in New York without incident but was then stuck for hours on the tarmac before the airport could clear enough snow to get a ramp out to her plane.

Interesting article here about the ticking time bomb that is the Japanese age demographic. There are simply too many older people clinging to jobs and forcing the younger generation into "irregular work"; jobs that are strictly considered temporary. By stifling youthful innovation, the economy is getting wrecked:

The nation had just 19 initial public offerings in 2009, according to Tokyo-based Next Company, compared with 66 in the United States. More telling is that even Japan’s entrepreneurs are predominantly from older generations: according to the Trade Ministry, just 9.1 percent of Japanese entrepreneurs in 2002 were in their 20s, compared with 25 percent in the United States.

I've also noted previously, that Japan has an utterly backwards immigration policy. Not only are they making it impossible for their own people to get decent jobs, but they're removing any highly-skilled, foreign born workers from the mix as well.

SCIENCE! has determined how to genetically manipulate mice to make them more socially dominant. Arrogant rat bastards!

Going to the Super Bowl? Probably not. Me neither, if it makes you feel any better. Anyways, if you are one of the lucky few planning to make it to the big, BIG GAME, here are some ways to get there without mortgaging your children's future.

Huh...Interesting. There is speculation that the Steelers may play the Cardinals in a regular season game in Ireland. Hey Sarah: Any chance I can take my niece to the game?

Love means never having to say you're sorry.

Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't Republicans insist on a reading of the Constitution recently? Seems as though the Arizona delegation wasn't paying attention. Arizona Republicans have launched a frivolous new bill that would deny citizenship to children born in this country to foreigners. Sigh. Really shouldn't be necessary but here, once again, is the pertinent text of the 14th Amendment:

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Straightforward, I'd say.

Important Question: Will you be covering yourself in the rebellious stench of Jack Bauer?

Didn't China recently make the US some promises about NOT stealing intellectual property? Excellent pun in the article by the way! No doubt it was the work of a 'maverick' employee!

Here are photos of animals that probably won't be around much longer.

Speaking of animals, this woman is an idiot.

I've been a little rough with links to sad animal stories today so let's end things on a positive note: Your Daily Dose of "Aw! Cute!"

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