ROARMANCE Lightning strikes the antenna atop One World Trade Center, as seen from Brooklyn, on Wednesday. Pounding rains ahead of tropical storm Arthur caused flooding and a partial wall collapse beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. (Photo: Lucas Jackson / Reuters via the New York Daily News)
Lightning strikes the New York City borough of Queens ahead of Tropical Storm Arthur on Wednesday. (Photo: Timothy Clary / AFP-Getty via the New York Daily News)
God damn it was raining tonight.
BVT News Roundup 24 February 2014.
- UKRAINE: Warrants are issued for the country’s ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, for charges of mass murder related to the deaths of dozens of protesters last week; Parliament hopes to appoint new acting PM and a provisional government by Tuesday; Russia withdraws its ambassador from the capital city of Kiev. (NY Times)
- CAPTURED: American and Mexican authorities detail how they captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the most wanted drug cartel leader ever, after a 13-year manhunt, which ended in a condo in Mazatlan; U.S. officials want him extradited to the States. (WashPo / Guardian)
- TWO REBOUNDS: Last night, Jason Collins played his first game with the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets under a ten-day contract. His line: 11 minutes, two rebounds, and oh yeah, he’s gay — the first openly gay athlete to play in a pro sports league, which is a point Collins himself downplays: "It’s about focusing on basketball," he said, "and not history." Love you and proud of you, Jason. (NY Daily News / Sporting News)
- Michigan Democrat John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress ever, will step down. (AP)
- POLAR VORTEX IV: Canadian storm system will again pummel the Midwest and Eastern U.S. this week. Yay. (Time)
- HOUSE OF CARDS: Now the Net Neutrality has been neutered, you’ll see more of this: Netflix announces they’re paying more to Comcast for guaranteed, faster access to their cable internet service, joining Google and Facebook. Sorry, consumer — you’re going to end up eating more of those costs, regardless of what bullshit Comcast, Netflix or the lot of them tell you. (CBS News)
- Detroit police commissioner James Craig, who received a death threat from a local drug gang leader, isn’t having any of the gang’s shit: “We will find you, and we’re going to dismantle your criminal enterprise.” (USA Today)
- Anti-government protests flare anew in Caracas, continuing three weeks of unrest in Venezuela’s capital; 11 protesters have died to date. (Reuters)
- Planned cuts would leave the U.S. military at its lowest Army troop levels in decades. The fewer wars to fight with, my dear. (CNN)
- KICKER: The Sochi Winter Games ended with no terrorist bloodshed, no reporters getting hurt in their shitty hotel rooms, Canada dominating hockey, and the host country, Russia, not really winning the most medals. And oh yes, Vladimir Putin still hates gay people and is still a dickhead, and the Olympics organizers also proved they had a sense of humor by making fun of that opening ceremony malfunction during the closing ceremonies, and also: giant crying terrifying nightmare bear. Spaciba, you homophobes. See you in South Korea. (The Atlantic / Deadspin)
CRUSH HOUR A multi-car pileup took out between 50 and 100 vehicles on the ice-slicked Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bucks County, PA on Friday. No deaths were reported. (Photo: NBC Phildelphia via NBC News)
ACORN VORTEX A fox squirrel forages for food in snow-covered Indiana. (Photo: Walter Szymanski / Hotspot Media via The Telegraph)
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BVT News Roundup 10 February 2014.
BVT News Roundup 4 February 2014.
- WINTER SOLDIER: Another winter storm is heading East, and New York could be getting nine inches of snow starting tonight and the midweek storm could affect up to 100 million people. It could be worse — we could be Atlanta. (NY Daily News / Time)
- Afghan president Hamid Karzai has engaged in “peace talks” with the woman-hating, child-murdering Taliban. That should work out well. (NY Times)
- The next time you hear Vladimir Putin take a dismissive stance towards LGBTQ civil rights, remember that you watched this compilation video of bias attacks against the LGBTQ community in Russia, assembled by Human Rights Watch. And realize just how dangerous Putin’s words are. (Slate)
- The botched rollout of the Healthcare.gov website reduced health insurance signups by up to one million, according to the Congressional Budget Office. (WashPo)
- SNITCHEROO: Tech giants publicly release information on NSA data requests and insist that Obama administration “provide(s) more transparency on its data collection” efforts. ”Only after we catch the terrorists!” says the NSA. (AP)
- Satya Nadella is appointed CEO of Microsoft, which also drops founder Bill Gates as chairman; Facebook celebrated its tenth birthday by doing something special for its users. (Time)
- Bill O’Reilly asks President Obama if Fox “News” is “unfair” to him. "Absolutely," answers the President, without adding "Duh." (USA Today)
- THIRST ESTATE: California’s severe drought could have an economic impact on all 50 states, threatening food supply and food prices. (CBS News)
- New research shows that humans only have four basic emotions: happy, sad, afraid / surprised, and angry / disgusted. The last one is usually provoked during viewings of Fox “News.” (The Atlantic)
- Chris Christie changes his Bridgegate story again. Can’t wait for this guy to testify under oath. (Guardian)
- CAST AWAY? Did a man really survive 13 months adrift at sea? (NY Post)
- Target CEO says he’s “deeply sorry” that his company allowed hackers to steal 110 million of his customers’ credit card data, refuses to kiss us on the mouth. (Reuters)
- KICKER: In the vein of the excellent James Earl Jones / Malcolm McDowell spots for Sprint, two British men act out the dumbest YouTube arguments ever. Next up: reading our Tumblrs out loud. (NYDN)
FOR THE WEARY People rested in the aisle of a Publix grocery store Wednesday in Atlanta after being stranded by a snowstorm. A rare winter storm gripped the U.S. South on Wednesday, killing five people, stranding children overnight at their schools, snarling traffic across many states and canceling flights. (Photo: Tami Chappell / Reuters via The Wall Street Journal)
The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore shows how Atlanta should’ve handled the storm.
Front page, Atlanta Journal Constitution, 29 January 2014.
Some of the scenes from Atlanta are positively crazy. How could a major city like that have been so unprepared for this weather event?
(Front page via Newseum)
BVT News Roundup 28 January 2014.
- R.I.P.: Pete Seeger, dead at 94. (CBS News)
- RAISE: President Obama will call for raising the minimum wage for some federal workers to $10.10 an hour. Except for those that developed the Obamacare website, JUST KIDDING. (USA Today)
- The NSA and other spy agencies “piggybacked” on apps such as Angry Birds to spy on… terrorists who played Angry Birds? We don’t know, this is stupid already. (Guardian)
- PROJECT IRONY: The NSA is also looking for ways to prevent spies from spying on the NSA, LOL. (CBS News)
- POLAR VORTEX 3: Another winter cold snap brings temps as low as 40 below zero to parts of the Midwest and snow and ice to the South. (AP)
- Ukraine’s premier submits his resignation as anti-protest laws are struck down by parliament; "right-wing thugs" have reportedly "hijacked" the protest movement. (NY Times / Time Magazine)
- A gun shop owner characterized Columbia mall shooter Darion Aguilar as “polite,” but I guess the bigger question that no one is asking is why anyone would sell an 18-year-old a fucking gun. Oh right — it’s legal. (WashPo)
- PULP FRICTION: Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker and its Defamer site for linking to the script for his next movie. (LA Times)
- Egypt’s former leader, Mohamed Morsi, faces the death penalty after “colluding with foreign powers” in an alleged escape attempt. (WSJ)
- The rich dude who compared the “war on the rich” to Kristallnacht brags that "I could buy a six-pack of Rolexes" and that his airplane can go underwater. Even other rich people must think this guy’s a fucking douchebag. (Bloomberg via CNN)
- CRAPPLE: Because Apple only sold 51 million iPhones during the holiday season instead of the 57 million analysts predicted, the company’s stock value has dropped about seven percent in trading today. (Reuters)
- COMMON DEPLORE: Seems like everyone hates Common Core. Tumblr teachers — what do you think? (NPR)
- KICKER: After only two weeks on the Moon, the Chinese exploration rover “Jade Rabbit” is said to be “dying,” and sent the following “message” (in part) to its devoted followers on Earth. Well, at least we know it didn’t die from breathing in that epic Beijing smog. And, sadface emoticon. (Slate)
Icicles formed on gargoyles at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Extreme cold temperatures are expected to continue through this weekend. (Photos via the Washington National Cathedral)
Take a closer look and you’ll see why The Weather Channel needs to stop their marketing gimmick of “naming” winter storms. (via)
PUPPY VORTEX A person posed a dog next to a statue of a lion outside the New York Public Library for a photo in New York on Tuesday. (Photo: Timothy Clary / AFP-Getty via The Wall Street Journal)