Morning News Read 14 November 2013.
One of these things is actually the other. (Bottom image via)
Morning News Read 9 October 2013
- "THIS WOULD MAKE HER THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD": So said a CBS News commentator about Janet Yellen, nominated by President Obama to head up the Federal Reserve. (NY Times)
- LIBYA: Everyone still up in arms over the rendition of an Al Qaeda suspect by US soldiers on the streets of Tripoli should know the Libyans signed off on it. (NY Times)
- SHUTDOWN: Another day, another meeting between the White House and Congressional Republicans; shutdown enters Day 9 as the GOP tries new tack: defaulting on the nation’s bills wouldn’t be such a bad thang. Oy veysmir. (WashPo / NY Times)
- Note to Repubs: Senate chaplain Barry C. Black has had enough of your sh*t. (USA Today)
- And CNN counted 217 votes yesterday to end the shutdown. Today, it has 219. Your move, John Boehner. (CNN)
- TAKE SARAH PALIN WITH YOU: Climate change thaws Alaska’s permafrost, and as a result the state is sinking. (USA Today)
- NORMAN HOCKED-WELL: The artist’s “Sport” painting, recently sold for more than $1 million at auction, has gone missing. (LA Times)
- Three Americans not named Walter White, Jesse Pinkman or Todd win the Nobel Prize in chemistry. (AP)
- Troubled by recent attacks on Egyptian citizens, the U.S. has suspended the remainder of $1.2 billion in aid to the country’s military regime. (WSJ)
- WHYPHONE: Samsung unveils the latest version of its popular Galaxy phone with a curved screen… because, um, I’m not sure exactly. (NBC)
- An undercover police officer, who rode with the bike gang that assaulted a father in front of his terrified wife and kid, is probably the world’s stupidest cop. (NY Daily News)
- And finally… INSTAGRAM NOT ON THE MENU: A study shows that foodies who takes pictures of their meals are more likely to lose their appetites… after seeing what their food looks like in photos. Up next: a study that says selfies make you masturbate less. (NY Post)
(Hilarious stock photo by Shutterstock via the Post)
I may have gone a little overboard at the Filipino store today. Not seen: the kaldereta.
Another thing the world doesn’t need. Folks in Japan can now buy soda-flavored cheese curls, because Jesus H. fucking Christ said so. (via)
CHEEEEEEEWWWW Hanni Rutzler, a food researcher from Austria, tasted the world’s first lab-grown beef burger during an event in London Monday. The burger was cultured from cattle stem cells. (Photo: Toby Melville / Reuters via The Wall Street Journal)
WHERE’S THE BEEF? IN THAT PETRI DISH, ACUTALLY A hamburger patty made from cow muscle grown in a laboratory was fried, served and eaten during a demonstration in London on Monday. The experiment, paid for by Google co-founder Sergey Brin, represents the first step in providing “high-quality protein for the world’s growing population while avoiding most of the environmental and animal welfare issues related to livestock production,” according to the New York Times. Not addressed: the world’s growing gag reflex at seeing their Big Mac plop out of a petri dish. (Photos: David Parry / PA via EPA [top]; Toby Melville / Reuters, both via the New York Times)
Not seen in Victor Kerlow’s excellent illustration for this New York Times article on what condiments not to apply to a New York City hot dog: ”anything that Chicago craps all over their hot dogs.”
Japan and South Korea suspended some imports of American wheat, and the European Union urged its 27 nations to increase testing, after the United States government disclosed this week that a strain of genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale was found growing in an Oregon field.
Although none of the wheat, developed by Monsanto Company, was found in any grain shipments — and the Department of Agriculture said there would be no health risk if any was shipped — governments in Asia and Europe acted quickly to limit their risk.
South Korea, which last year purchased roughly half of its total wheat imports of five million tons from the United States, said Friday it would suspend purchases until tests were performed on arriving shipments. Results of the tests, by the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety, were expected in the first week of June, according to local media.
Seoul also raised quarantine measures on wheat for livestock feed, while Thailand put ports on alert.
The European Union, which has a “zero tolerance” approach to genetically modified crops, said through its consumer protection office Friday that if any shipments tested positive, they would not be sold.
It also said it was seeking “further information and reassurance” from Washington and had asked Monsanto for help in developing a reliable test for the genetically modified strain.”
– The New York Times, "Japan and South Korea Bar Imports of U.S. Wheat"
Stephen Colbert brilliantly calls the horse race (as it were) of blame around Europe’s widening horsemeat crisis. (Starts around 1:54)