Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday miscellaneous (3/8)

Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez passed away this week. Don’t worry though, according to Iran’s President Ahmadinejad, Chavez will return at the end of the world (which, according to the US Government, could be any day now), along with  Jesus Christ and the Mahdi. (Hey, getting one out of three right isn’t that bad.) Meanwhile, the United Nations Human Rights Council honored Chavez with a moment of silence.

Silence, however, was the farthest thing from Senator Rand Paul’s mind when he filibustered the nomination of CIA director for nearly 13 hours. Paul wanted to know if the Administration thought it could target US citizens on US soil. The next day the White House answered: no. (But John Yoo of the former Bush administration says that the Administration’s reasoning is still wrong.)

This is just another of what is beginning to look like what one analyst is calling a long line of defeats for the Obama Administration. (The Administration does look kinda silly having to send emails to the agencies to ensure that the sequester is as painful as promised and canceling White House tours.)

CPAC is coming up: The Republican governors of Virginia and New Jersey have not been invited to speak. Donald Trump has. At least priorities are straight. Meanwhile, on the campaign front, “The problem is not that the GOP lacks technology but that no one knows what to do with it.

On a more sobering note, researchers are discovering that the Holocaust was worse than they previously thought.

And prepare for another housing crisis.

In a case of life imitating art, SimCity may be changing how local government is (or should be) conducted.

In another case of life imitating art, the Hubble telescope has spotted space invaders.

Historic fads can sometimes seem strange. Like putting an Egyptian themed movie theater in Idaho. Or radium in, well, everything.

Now, get off the internet and go look for hidden treasure (but first watch our weekly video).

Because these animals haven’t done enough treasure hunting.
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