➤ “More than 500 penguins have been found dead on beaches of Brazil’s southern Rio Grande do Sul state.” Officials say “veterinarians were puzzled by the large quantity of animals found and by the fact that they appeared well fed, not exhausted and without injuries or oil stains.”
➤ “Frank Ocean told a beautiful story about falling in love with a man. Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child molestation,” which is important to remember because “People On Twitter Are Comparing Frank Ocean To Jerry Sandusky.”
➤ Mitt Romney is under attack by the Barack Obama campaign and the media over the fact that he had more to do at Bain Capital after 1999 than he claims, which could be a felony. Romney spent the day giving interviews to five networks during which he demanded the President “take control of these people,” and “sure as heck ought to say that he’s sorry for the kinds of attacks that are coming from his team,” which, are, um, facts.
➤ Maggie Gallagher may not like what Scott Rose writes about her here at The New Civil Rights Movement, but so far it looks like the comments on her National Review blog post attacking Scott Rose are mostly in favor of, well, Scott Rose. Meanwhile, the conservative Instapundit asks, “THINK THERE ARE ANY POLITICS INVOLVED HERE?” Because the conservative media couldn’t possibly accept wanting science and truth to be placed above partisan hatred of homosexuality, and because they all like to use all caps.
➤ “The Advocate, an important US-based national gay and lesbian news magazine, has published a homophobic, racist, sectarian and Islamophobic hoax as if it is actual news,” writes Benjamin Doherty at The Electronic Intifada, which claims it ”is more infuential in ‘digital diplomacy’ than most Israeli leaders, an Agence France Presse survey finds.” The offending paragraph starts with this:
Suicide bombers were allowed to ask fellow militants for anal sex so it would be easier to hide explosives in their rectums — at least according to a researcher at a conservative think tank.
➤ “Fifty-eight percent of U.S. registered voters aged 18 to 29 say they will “definitely vote” this fall, well below the current national average of 78% and far below 18- to 29-year-olds’ voting intentions in the fall of 2004 and 2008.” (Gallup)
➤ “Rudy Giuliani’s authoritarian clients” include “Serbia’s Mayor.” New Civil Rights MovementDeputy Editor Tanya Domi, quoted by Andrew Kirtzman in The Atlantic today:
“These are thugs,” says Tanya Domi, a Columbia University professor who worked in Sarajevo for the Clinton State Department. “What Giuliani is doing is shameful.”
➤ “Last weekend, hacktivist group Anonymous announced Operation PedoChat, a campaign ‘to diminish if not eradicate’ pedophile websites… In the days since, scores of sites have been hacked and hundreds of users’ names, email addresses and Facebook pages have been published.” (Salon)
Photo of Magellanic penguin via Wikimedia
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