In surprising North Korean political news, Kim Jong Il gets 100% of the vote from 100% of the population in elections
North Korea is democratic, that’s why they call it the Democratic Republic of Korea, duh. And to show its democratic side, North Korea recently held elections, in which 100% of the population voted 100% for Kim Jong Il, who had no opposition, but why would he? He’s obviously the holy chosen leader for life.
Periodically throughout history, Russia gets a hair up its ass to invade another neighboring country— Finland will back me up on this— and in this short week so far, Russia has flooded the Ukranian peninsula of Crimea with over 16,000 troops and counting, claiming that in the turmoil in the Ukraine, Russian citizens in Crimea are being killed. Shit just went all crazy.
Russia has been getting a tremendous amount of shit the last couple days on the Olympic accommodations in Sochi still being under serious construction right before the opening of the Games. Some of it’s real, some isn’t, but in a story not from The Onion, earlier today, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak said that he knew everything was hunky dory in the half-built Sochi hotels, because of all the hidden surveillance cameras in the showers. Later, officials denied there are no shower cams, because ha ha that’s silly Russia would never do that. But when your country is getting hell for your lack of planning, you don’t send out a top government official to blame “western media” for making you look bad and then say shit like “because we’re secretly watching you shower”.
With the Olympics two days away, Sochi is still a half finished, barely functioning construction site
To be fair, every time there’s an Olympics or World Cup, the host city gets all kinds of shit from every angle on how things won’t be ready in time. It happened with the Beijing Olympics and with the Athens Olympics and even though Brazil still has plenty of time for its World Cup later this year and the Rio Olympics in 2016, people are wondering if they’ll be ready, though they definitely will. Sochi seems to be a different story all together, with government corruption putting the games forty billion over budget, and with opening day only two days away, international reporters and athletes are filling the resort town, and repeating back via Twitter and Facebook of the total clusterfuck Sochi is at this point. Venues still under construction, 3 hotels barely starting construction, unpaved roads, stray dogs, and the hotels journalists have checked into have intermittent electricity and internet, foul smelling water (when it works) and rooms that are falling apart or unfinished. Oh, and there’s still a lot of uncertainty about safety against terrorists who would love nothing more than to wreck hell. Go Russia!
Since Colorado and Washington have been engulfed in a cloud of pot smoke, that means a lot of people making lots of money selling legal weed. Problem is that not a single bank will touch that cash for anything— even though pot is legal in Colorado and Washington for full recreational use, banks are still regulated by the the federal government and marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. Meaning any banks knowingly keeping money made from the sale of weed put this at a very real risk of gigantic federal fines, closure or both. So this means is a big problem for weed shop owners, who have to store and transport cash like it was the wild west— huge sums of cash with a car full of shotguns to prevent robbery.
After 13 years, the Chinese government has decided to experiment with the idea of lifting its ban on foreign video game consoles. The initial thinking was that game consoles were no different than the opium that flooded China’s shores a couple hundred years ago— popular with the masses, but a great detriment to Chinese society. Using the new special trade zone in Shanghai as a test, the Chinese government will be slowly lifting the foreign video game console ban, meaning a huge new and eager market for the likes of Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft. No longer will Chinese gamers have only PCs or homegrown ripoff consoles like the Polystation and the Wii-Wii to feed their addiction.
If you haven’t been reading about this clusterfuck in Oklahoma, here’s the skinny…
A conservative Christian group gets a giant 10 Commandments statue on the Capitol lawn under the argument of the first amendment. Several other groups, including the OK City Satanic Temple, Church of the Flying Spaghetti Noodle Monster, and many others have applied and petitioned to have a statue on the lawn as well, citing the same reasoning as the 10 Commandments. The powers-that-be got all “fuck them, Jesus is the only way” on them, and it all boiled over. Now, there’s a convenient moratorium on all new statues. The model above is the recently proposed statue for the Satanic Temple.
The issue here is that the group who erected the 10 Commandments and the legislators who allowed it are blatantly using their power to prevent other ‘illegitimate’ monuments from being placed on state property. To anyone who has even <i>heard</i> of the First Amendment, there are—ideally—two outcomes to this: 1. Remove the Commandments so no one religion is represented on the state grounds, or, 2. Allow everyone to be included (trolls and all…).
I really just thought that the statue is super badass….
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