Don't Blink: News Roundup for January 7

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:

In Canada a court in British Columbia has struck down mandatory minimum sentences, Alberta is poisoning itself for money, an Ontario judge thinks Ontario police should arrest more aboriginal people for protesting, also in Ontario Daulton McGuinty thinks that, now that he has forced a contract on teachers without negotiation, those teachers should go back to doing extra work for free. On the national level, the Harper Government is corrupt (but that isn't really news anymore.

United States:

In the US, the Supreme Court said that publicly funded stem cell research is just fine. There is a pretty good chance that the next US President will also be black, tickets for the southern racist freakouts will go on sale in 2014. Big banks are starting to pay big fines for crashing the economy and in California they're talking about using eminent domain to end foreclosures. Finally from the land of mom, hot dogs and hand gun murders: you can read some leaked internal documents from the Republicans ongoing implosion at Mother Jones.

The Other 95% of the World:

Iran has agreed to further talks, now that sanctions are killing people, but really would like nuclear power because air pollution is also killing people. In Saudi Arabia people are angry about 90 year olds marrying 15 year olds, and Hugh Hefner has vowed never to move there. Two men in Cameroon have been acquitted of being gay, a man in Kuwait has been sentenced to two years in prison for insulting the Emir and Libya's liberals think that having a constitution would really be good for the new government. Also Indonesia's US backed anti-terror police are in trouble for not taking prisoners, Chinese people are protesting over censorship and China's government is preparing to reform forced labor camps. In other news Iceland's economy continues to piss off Europe and the US by performing well, despite the country's refusal to bail out the banks.

Science:

In Science news this week, researchers have built Earth's first gas cloud laser, have enabled light to go much faster than the speed of light and unearthed an ancient sea monster.  There are new ways to prevent disease and cure disease and new research on climate change says that while Australia swelters,  other areas may become colder and stormier as the ice caps melt. It has also been estimated that there are 17 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy alone (just one of billions of galaxies).

Religion: 

Meanwhile in God news, a California judge says that the names of sex-abuse priests must be released, Church of England bishops can now be gay, so long as they don't have sex and a seven year old was beaten to death for failing to memorize a holy book.

Other:

Finally, a father has put a hit out on his son's online RPG character in hopes of getting the boy to go outside and Europe is getting set to crown a new King.

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