January 2013

North Korea Throws Fit after U.N. Sanctions

With China backing the latest U.N. attack, the DPRK is fast running out of allies

 

Usually, when North Korea does something that the world doesn’t like, generally involving rockets or nuclear testing, the U.N. gets together and puts down some sanctions against them.  And usually, China stands up for their little neighbor as pretty much their only ally.  With the rocket launch last December causing a fresh round of conflict, the same routine would be expected, but this time China seems to be fed up with North Korea’s continued nonsense.

“Accept God or else!” say Arizona lawmakers

No divinity, no diploma, according to proposed law.

Oh, those cute political pundits in Arizona are at it again! It’s not enough to limit cultural studies, make “show us your papes!” laws, question science and generally make our nation look like a bunch of buffoons on the nightly news, making countries that already laugh at us tired of the same old joke about those stupid Americans again; now they want to add a little religious twist in all of their shenanigans.

Arizona lawmakers are now trying to pass a law that states that in order to graduate from high school, students have to take this super creepy nationalistic oath that ends with “so help me God.” Apparently pledging allegiance to a tiny classroom flag every day for 12 years wasn’t enough for these sheep herders; now you have to declare it loud and proud—or else. Click the link to read the whole zombified language of the oath and see if you’d want to take it yourself.

Chinese newspapers fighting censorship

The first step on a long road to freedom of speech?

In a bit of encouraging news coming out of China (for once), an important newspaper in the country made an attempt to protest the government putting its fingers into the publication and censoring its content.  China isn’t known for being accommodating when it comes to letting their media sources say exactly what they want and this particular case involved the newspaper attempting to run an editorial during their New Year’s addition.  The government censors