Don't Blink: News Roundup For December 18

In the information age we are inundated by news and trivia, Don’t Blink is a regular featured designed to hilight a whole bunch of stories you may have missed in a relatively small amount of space.

Canada:

It's been a slow week but the Harper Government got an F from Democracy Watch while they waited for a judge to rule on their voter suppression scandal. Ontario Tories think union busting will win them the next election and Federal NDP leader Tom Mulclair is sounding uncomfortably conservative.

United States: 

US soldiers, who are present in more countries than McDonalds is, are headed to Turkey, the chief of the CIA's 'Global Jihad Unit' has been outed online and it appears that the CIA tortured and sodomized the wrong person. The US government decided that laundering billions of dollars in drug money is a lesser crime than growing a few pot plants.

The loonies at the Westboro Baptist Church plan to protest in Newton, Connecticut but they are finally facing a backlash, both from Anonymous and American voters and while US politicians appear to finally be willing to take on the gun lobby, Newton itself has been fighting them for some time already.

Also in the US the Mississippi river may see a shipping freeze caused by drought and low water levels, Americans want their own Death Star and Republicans are still assholes.

The Other 95% of the World:

Child slaves have been found making Christmas decorations bound for the west in India.    H&M has come under pressure for using child labor, Walmart has been bribing government officials in Mexico (possibly even all of them) and after years of US and NATO influence, Afghanistan has won the coveted 'Most Corrupt Country Award'.

Uganda's President has opposed the death penalty for homosexuals, Russion opposition leaders were arrested at an anti-Putin rally and Putin critics have withdrawn from YouTube because of government surveillance. On the bright side, you can now watch V for Vendetta in China and in Australia if you injure yourself having sex on a business trip you can sue your employer for damages.

Science: 

Science, as usual, had a busy week. Science used sheep to help fight Huntington's disease, a virus to restart the hearts built in pacemaker, tested a mind controlled robotic arm, found more evidence that humans are causing climate change and made some good arguments for the existence of extra terrestrial life.

Religion:

Not wanting to have the spotlight stolen by science, religion blessed the death penalty for homosexuals and protested memorials for dead children.

Other:

Just for fun, have a look at the artists whose work will enter the public domain in 2013 and Popular Mechanics 110 predictions for the next 110 years.

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