Weekend News Read 12 October 2013.
- INDIA: Cyclone Phailin makes landfall in Orissa state, from which nearly half a million residents have fled. Massive coastal flooding struck, the result of Phailin’s sustained 138 mile-per-hour winds covering an area “larger than France.” (AP)
- ITALY: Another ship smuggling migrant workers from Africa capsizes, killing at least 34. (Reuters)
- SHUTDOWN: House Republicans complain as they fail to reach deal to avert default, but really all House Speaker John Boehner had to do was call a God-damned vote and end the GOP—led government shutdown, but he’s still scared of the Tea Party for some reason. Now it’s onto the Senate to fix this shit. (NY Times / WashPo)
- Some states are taking matters into their own hands, using their own money to open federal parks and attractions. (WashPo)
- The New Jersey Supreme Court will hear arguments — brought by governor Chris Christie — against a recent decision legalizing marriage equality in the state. (Bergen Record)
- SCHUCKANEERS: Three members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are infected with MRSA; locker rooms and equipment undergo sterilization. (CNN)
- FUNDERWEAR: Walter White’s skivvies fetch $10,000 at auction. (NY Daily News)
- And finally… SELLOUTS: Macy’s, which hosts the annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City, caves into pressure and becomes the latest retailer to throw open its doors during the holiday. Well, at least we’ll get to work off all that turkey and stuffing pushing through crowds on Black Thursday. (NY Post)
(Photo of a pedestrian using a Macy’s shopping bag to cover her head during a rainstorm by Zoran Milch / Reuters via The Post)
(Very Late) Weekend News Read 5 October 2013.
- U.S. STRIKES BACK: American military affect arrest of al Qaeda militant, wanted for more than 15 years, on the streets of Tripoli, while Navy SEALS raid a Somali town in the predawn hours targeting Al Shabaab leaders responsible for the deadly attack on a Kenya mall two weeks ago. Run, motherfuckers, but you can’t the fuck hide. (NY Times)
- SHUTDOWN: Congress votes to ensure back pay to furloughed federal workers, though the GOP-led shutdown heads into sixth day on Sunday; Pentagon uses legal maneuver to order 350,000 of those employees back to work; Republicans still can’t figure out how to end the shitstorm they started. (WashPo)
- Here’s Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul discussing GOP strategery… while in front of a TV camera. Idiots. (CNN)
- ITALY: Toll from sunken migrant ship reaches 300. (Reuters)
- STALLED STORM: Strong winds and heavy rain expected for Louisiana as tropical storm Karen hovers over the Gulf. (AP)
- WHITE OCTOBER: Up to four feet of snow buries parts of the Great Plains while twisters touch down in other parts of the Midwest. (LA Times)
- There was an undercover cop in the middle of that thuggish motorcycle gang that assaulted a New York City motorist last week. (NY Daily News / NY Post)
- The man who set himself afire on Washington, DC’s National Mall has died. (NY Daily News)
- Owners of DC’s pro football team proudly continue to be racists. (MSNBC)
- And finally… "COOL" STORY, BRO: If you’ve ever wondered where the term “cool” came from, you’re getting warmer. (Slate)
Morning News Read 3 October 2013.
HEAVY LIFT A waterline is clearly seen as the capsized ship Costa Concordia begins to lift slowly out of the waters off of Giglio Island, Italy on Monday. Engineers are using a technique called “parbuckling” to raise the felled ship off of underwater reefs. (Photo: Tony Gentile / Reuters via The Guardian)
SCALD MOUNTAIN Lava flows down the snow-covered flanks of Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. (Photo: Olycom SPA / Rex Features via The Telegraph)
The Guardian's gallery of photos from Venice underwater is positively fascinating. For one, keeping all that electrical work above the waterline so that residents don’t get electrocuted is amazing. And I know the deluge is a regular event, but this year’s floods are the worst seen in years, and… climate change, anyone?
(Photo of a shopkeeper attempting to keep water levels down inside his store by pumping into already flooded streets in Venice, Italy by Marco Secchi / Getty Images via The Guardian)
YOU’RE NUMBER TWO Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, top, reacted as Spanish players celebrated after winning the Euro 2012 soccer championship match on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. Spain won 4-0. (Photo: Jeff Pachouda / AFP-Getty via The Wall Street Journal)
Oriano Caretti looks at overturned shelves containing Parmesan cheese in San Giovanni, Italy, Monday. When an earthquake hit northern Italy Sunday, some 400,000 huge rounds of the area’s famed cheese were damaged. Seven people were killed in the quake. (Photo: Luca Bruno / AP via The Wall Street Journal)
HALF / TIME An old tower is seen collapsed after an earthquake in Finale Emilia, Italy, May 20. A strong earthquake rocked a large swathe of northern Italy early Sunday, causing serious damage to the area’s cultural heritage. The epicenter of the 6.0 magnitude quake, the strongest to hit Italy in three years, was in the plains near Modena in the Emilia-Romagna region of the Po River Valley; at least three people died. (Photo: Giorgio Benvenuti / Reuters via MSNBC)
An abandoned building stands in the middle of ploughed fields on the outskirts of Venice, Italy. (Photo: David Gray / Reuters via The Telegraph)
A wonderful photograph.
BESPINSANITY A village seems to float in cloud cover enveloping the Asiago Plateau in northern Italy. (PHoto: Vittorio Poli / National News & Pictures via the Telegraph)
EPITAPH An Italian police diver inspects the hull of the partially submerged Costa Concordia on Thursday. Officials are continuing the search for 21 missing passengers and crew; the death toll stands at 11 as reports reveal the captain, Francesco Schettino, waited 73 minutes to sound the evacuation alarm after the ship struck underwater rocks. (Photo: EPA via the Wall Street Journal)
Rescue workers from the Italian Coast Guard inspect an upper deck of the partially-submerged Costa Concordia. Officials say five more bodies have been discovered inside the ship, bringing the total of confirmed dead to 11. (Photo: Max Rossi / Reuters via the National Post)
Partial transcript of communications between the Italian Coast Guard and Captain Francesco Schettino, obtained by the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, via Reuters:
There are people who are coming down the ladder on the bow. Go back in the opposite direction, get back on the ship, and tell me how many people there are and what they have on board. ...Tell me if there are children, women and what type of help they need. And you tell me the number of each of these categories. Is that clear?!
...Listen Schettino, perhaps you have saved yourself from the sea but I will make you look very bad. I will make you pay for this. Dammit, go back on board!
(Noise can be heard in the background where other Coast Guard officers are shouting to each other in the same room about "the ship, the ship")
There is no please about it. Go back on board. Assure me you are going back on board!
I am on a life boat of rescue, I am under here. I am not going anywhere. I am here.
What are you doing, captain?
I am here to coordinate the rescue ...
COAST GUARD (interrupting):
What are you coordinating there! Go on board! Coordinate the rescue from on board! Are you refusing?
No, I am not refusing.
Are you refusing to go on board, captain? Tell me the reason why you are not going back on board.
(inaudible)... there is a another life boat ...
COAST GUARD (interrupting again, screaming):
You go back on board! That is an order! There is nothing else for you to consider. You have sounded the 'abandon ship'. Now I am giving the orders. Go back on board. Is that clear? Don't you hear me?
I am going on board.