At an auction in London, the painting Girl with Balloon by Banksy self-destructs through a built-in shredder hidden in the frame after selling for US$1.4 million. (NBC)

The Communist Party of China announces that Interpol president Meng Hongwei is suspected of violating the law and is “under the supervision” of a party anticorruption watchdog. Hours later, Interpol announces that it has received his resignation. (The New York Times)

French police launch an investigation into the disappearance of Meng Hongwei, the president of Interpol. He was reported missing after traveling to his native country of China last week. (The Independent)

All four living former Presidents of South Korea now have been convicted. (Reuters via Malay Mail)

Tuesday,  Oct 9, 2018

Trump apologizes ‘on behalf of our nation’ to Kavanaugh in swearing-in During Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s ceremonial swearing-in on Monday night, President Trump said that “on behalf of our nation, I want to apologize to Brett and the entire Kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure.” He declared that Kavanaugh was the victim of “a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception,” and claimed, falsely, that Kavanaugh was “proven innocent.” The FBI did a brief investigation of allegations of sexual assault against him by Deborah Ramirez and Christine Blasey Ford, but never interviewed Ford, Kavanaugh, or countless other potential witnesses who delivered signed statements to the bureau after their emails and phone calls were ignored. Source: The Week


Monday,  Oct 8, 2018

Investigative website Bellingcat identifies the second suspect involved in the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal as Alexander Mishkin, a doctor who works for the Main Intelligence Directorate. (The Guardian)

New research suggests Europa, a moon of Jupiter, may be covered in tall, jagged ice spikes, presenting a problem for any potential landing on its surface. (Washington Post)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees becomes the NFL’s career leader in passing yardage, surpassing Peyton Manning. (Fox News)

Boston Red Sox player Brock Holt becomes the first player in MLB history to hit for the cycle during a postseason game. (ESPN)


Sunday, Oct 7, 2018

Police announce that investigative journalist Viktoria Marinova was found murdered yesterday in a park in Ruse, Bulgaria. Marinova’s latest work was on “GPgate”, a scandal involving alleged corruption and abuse of European Union subsidies in Bulgaria. (Thuner Tagblatt)

A 23-year-old Palestinian opens fire and kills two Israelis, seriously wounding a third inside the Barkan Industrial Park on the West Bank. The gunman, who had worked at the factory where the shooting took place, fled the scene and remains at large. (The Washington Post)

A total of 342 people have been arrested for attacking Hindi-speaking migrants in the Indian state of Gujarat. The new wave of violence was prompted by the arrest of a non-Gujarati for the alleged rape of a 14-month-old baby a week prior. (First Post)

A referendum on changing the constitutional definition of a family is invalidated, as voter turnout announced by the Central Electoral Bureau is 20.41%, 10% under the validation threshold. (Digi 24)


Saturday,  Oct 6, 2018

Defense Minister of Israel Avigdor Lieberman says that Israel will reduce the fishing zone off the Gaza Strip from 9 nautical miles (17 km; 10 mi) to 6 nautical miles (11 km; 6.9 mi) as a reaction to the weekly Gaza border protests. Three Palestinians were killed in yesterday’s protest, in which over 20,000 protestors took part. (Al Jazeera)

Twenty people have been killed when a limousine and another vehicle crashed into a crowd of pedestrians at a store near a busy intersection in Schoharie County, New York, United States. All 18 people in the limousine died along with two pedestrians. (BBC)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration bans the usage of seven artificial flavors as food additives. Six of them cause cancer in animals when used in “much higher” doses than the conditions of their intended use. (NPR)

Voters in Latvia go to the polls to vote for a new parliament. The governing coalition loses its majority with two new parties Who owns the state? and the New Conservative Party becoming the second and third biggest parties behind the pro-Russian Social Democratic Party “Harmony” party.  (Reuters)

Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court is confirmed when a final vote takes place, with 50 senators for his confirmation and 48 against. (ABC News)

Romanians go to the polls to vote in a referendum on changing the Constitution to redefine marriage as being only between a man and a woman. (CNN)


Friday,  Oct 5, 2018

India buys the S-400 missile system, potentially facing CAATSA U.S. sanctions. (CNN)

At least 13 passengers are killed in a head-on bus collision in Tver, Russia. The bus driver and another passenger are injured. (The Moscow Times)

Lee Myung-bak is sentenced to 15 years in jail and US$20 million in fines and forfeiture, on charges of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power. All four living former Presidents of South Korea now have been convicted. (Reuters via Malay Mail)

A Chicago police officer, Jason Van Dyke, is convicted of second degree murder in a historic jury verdict. (Chicago Tribune)


Senate to take key vote on Kavanaugh nomination Friday morning The Senate is scheduled to vote at 10:30 a.m. Friday on whether to move Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination forward to a final vote on Saturday, and Republicans sounded optimistic they have the 51 votes to do so. Only one Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.), has left open the possibility of voting for Kavanaugh, while three Republicans — Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Jeff Flake (Ariz.) — have not said how they are voting. Flake and Collins said they are satisfied with the FBI report of sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh; Democrats say its scope is too limited to be useful. Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) will be at his daughter’s wedding on Saturday, cutting the GOP’s margin to 50-49, with Vice President Mike Pence as the potential tiebreaker. Source: The Washington Post

Economy adds 134,000 jobs, unemployment falls to 49-year low The U.S. economy added 134,000 nonfarm jobs in September, roughly half the gain seen in August but still enough to bring the unemployment rate down to a 49-year low of 3.7 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. The number of new jobs fell short of expectations. Economists polled by MarketWatch had forecast a gain of 168,000. Average hourly wages rose by 0.3 percent to $27.24 an hour, with the 12-month rate for wage growth slowing to 2.8 percent from 2.9 percent the previous month, which was a nine-year high. The Labor Department also revised the employment gains for July and August upward. Economist cautioned against reading too much into the low September job growth, since it was probably affected by displacements and other distortions caused by Hurricane Florence. Source: Bloomberg

Interpol chief reported missing in China French police have opened an investigation into the whereabouts of Meng Hongwei, the head of the intentional police agency Interpol, after his wife reported him missing Friday during a trip to China. Meng, 64, traveled to his home country on Sept. 29, and his wife told French police at Interpol’s Lyon headquarters she hasn’t heard from him since. He was elected president of Interpol in November 2016 and his term runs until 2020. Meng has held several positions in China, including vice minister of public security and director of anti-narcotics and anti-terrorism offices. Interpol’s main purpose is to give police forces in different countries a way to alert their peers about wanted suspects. Source:  Reuters

French police have launched an investigation into the disappearance of Meng Hongwei, the Interpol‘s president was reported missing after travelling to his native country last week.(The Independent)


Thursday, Oct 4,  2018

Hundreds of protesters against U.S. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are arrested at the Hart Senate Office Building, including Amy Schumer and model Emily Ratajkowski. (USA Today)


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14 Replies to “Shenanigans”

  1. i used to use a slide of a photo of a crowded sports stadium with the overprint: “excess people are made out of oil”. i stopped using it because the audience was having trouble with it. i think it was too disturbing for them. it’s true, of course.

  2. if you’re a God-botherer, you think people are special, and God looks after you. once you accept that dogma, then you cannot fathom total ecology and human’s place in the schema. thoroughly brainwashed. I see this phenomena in the faculty. math-morons.

  3. “The “Red Death”
    The disease called the Red Death is fictitious. Poe describes it as causing “sharp pains, and sudden dizziness, and then profuse bleeding at the pores” leading to death within half an hour.

    The disease may have been inspired by tuberculosis (or consumption, as it was known then), since Poe’s wife Virginia was suffering from the disease at the time the story was written. Like the character Prince Prospero, Poe tried to ignore the fatality of the disease.[11] Poe’s mother Eliza, brother William, and foster mother Frances had also died of tuberculosis. Alternatively, the Red Death may refer to cholera; Poe would have witnessed an epidemic of cholera in Baltimore, Maryland in 1831.[12] Others have suggested the pandemic is actually Bubonic plague or the Black death, emphasized by the climax of the story featuring the “Red” Death in the “black” room.[13] One writer likens the description to that of a viral hemorrhagic fever or necrotizing fasciitis.[14] It has also been suggested that the Red Death is not a disease or sickness at all but a weakness (like “original sin”) that is shared by all of humankind inherently.[15]”

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