Across Europe, from Paris to Stockholm, women stood outside the embassies of Arabic nations topless, protesting the second-rate citizen status in many Muslim majority countries. There are pics below and they are NSFW.
Across Europe in many predominantly Catholic or Orthodox countries are sites known as ossuaries, often referred to as “bone churches”. Creepy by today’s standards, these churches decorated from floor to ceiling with human skeletal remains were often used in places where major plagues had hit or where burial space had become scare. Though the original intention in many areas was for bones to be buried when space became available, many of these remains are still up and hanging in these bone churches as a testament to this peculiar religious tradition.
Dressing up as animals, spirits, gods and ancestors is something that humans have been doing almost as long as there have been humans. And even in the developed, urbanized landscape of Europe, some of these ancient traditions still survive, ushering in solstices and equinoxes and harvests.
Couples are to be offered a DNA test to see whether they carry the “ginger gene” giving them a chance of producing red-headed children.
In the late 1970s, milk cartons were used in some places to try and make people aware of missing children. In the 21st century, Europe wants websites and ISPs to use their 404 missing page views to do the same thing.
America seems to be slooooowly recovering from the shit hitting the fan in 2008, while Europe looks like it hasn’t hit rock bottom yet. Depending on whichever one you want to talk about, and the two are both connected and separate, how would you fix the economy in America and/or the US?
Yesterday, the European Parliament voted down ACTA, sort of the European cousin to SOPA, by an overwhelming majority. With a vote of 478 to 39, detractors of the Anti-Counterfeiting and Terrorism Act waved yellow and black signs reading “Hello Democracy, Goodbye ACTA”.
With Greek economy in collapse and looking like it might have to remove itself from the Euro, some are seeing this as the first domino to fall in the single European currency. After Greece could come Spain and Italy and eventually the whole thing. And if it happens, it will be bad, and the UK, which is not a Eurozone country, could bear the weight of the whole thing falling— riots, markets dropping, huge waves of immigration etc. So in case that happens, Britain is drawing up plans for the possibility.
Even though SOPA and PIPA appear to be dead for the time being in the US, its European cousin, ACTA, has quietly made its way through a number of European countries, despite very loud protests from citizens. The treaty has mainly been signed by EU nations, but it is an international treaty that might go after content piracy in a very SOPA-like manner.
In the US, we’ve got a gigantic supervolcano sitting under Yellowstone National Park that one day is going to blow, taking most of the western US with it. But we’re cool with God, so that’s not gonna happen. There’s also a supervolcano caldera sitting under Europe, nearly smack dab in the middle, and this one’s showing sign of life. Europe, one day you might be totally fucked.
“Dude, Angela wants to break up the band.” “That bitch”
After the Greek economy collapsed, it looks like the economic crisis in the Eurozone is only getting worse. Italy is on the verge of becoming the next Greece and there are now rumors that France and Germany are looking at extreme measures, including breaking up the current Eurozone completely. Italy may be too big to fail, too big to bail out and the only option may be to completely prune the tree, pulling only a few core countries in and kicking everyone else out of the Euro.
The European Union, in a bid to become the absolute definition of a Nanny State has decided to outlaw fun by passing a law making it illegal for children 8 and under to blow up balloons. It’s not good enough just to have a choking hazard label or for parents to just not give balloons to kids that aren’t smart enough the get the concept of blowing into it (not sucking it down your throat)… we have to PASS A LAW.
Scientists sequence black plague DNA, admit previously they may have been looking at the wrong bacteria
Studying the bacteria that caused the Black Plague isn’t as easy as one might think. Scientists can study the bones of plague victims, but the bacteria that caused the plague is a normal naturally-occurring bacteria that has lived in dirt for millennia and still lives in dirt. So trying to trace how the plague evolved is a bit tricky, but scientists now think they’ve pinned down the real culprit.