With the US Government with its head firmly up its ass for the third week, one might think the world has shut down as well. But not so! Believe me. It’s true. The world still turns and has mayhem and madness and murder and pain and bravery.
Here is a brief list of what is happening in the world that has nothing to do with the US Government clusterfuck:
Crazy Ass Weather
The doomsday preppers are clearly right, because while the District of Columbia is tranquil as a school library in summer, mother nature is all HULK SMASH ANGRY.
Cyclone Phailin slammed into India, displacing hundreds of thousands. More oil and gas wastewater was found in Colorado following severe flooding, an incredible waterspout was spotted in Biscayne Bay, and island paradise Montserrat is slowly being consumed by nature after a volcanic eruption. So I guess the time is now to visit Montserrat, folks.
Syria is Syria
Syria’s bloody conflict has killed more than 100,000 people, forced more than 2 million Syrians to flee the country and caused untold suffering — psychological, emotional and physical — across the nation. And this past Sunday, gunmen abducted six Red Cross workers and a Syrian Red Crescent volunteer after stopping their convoy in northwestern Syria in the latest high-profile kidnapping in the country’s civil war.
So the international community, led by Russia and the United States, has been pushing for the Syrian regime and rebels to attend a peace conference dubbed Geneva 2 to find a political solution to the conflict. But a key group within the Syrian opposition National Coalition said Sunday it would not attend proposed peace talks in Geneva and would quit the Coalition if it participated. I guess that settles that. Syria will just kill itself. This, in case you were wondering, is not a good thing.
A father in the United Arab Emirates who killed his son over the boy’s bad grades has reportedly been sentenced to three years in prison. According to Gulf News, the Abu Dhabi man, identified only as R.M., was found guilty this week of whipping his 12-year-old son to death with a computer cable. The man claims he had been disciplining his son because the boy had tried to keep his bad grades a secret.
Well of course he’d been keeping them secret! He knew his dad was a whack job. Kiddos, remember this when your parents nag you to study. They may yell. They may punish you. But at least they probably won’t beat you to death. And if they did, they’d get more than three years in prison.
India Can’t Catch a Break
Maybe because there have been very few deaths in the heavy damage winds are doing to the Bay of Bengal, New Delhi thought it would pick up the slack.
A stampede by masses of Hindu worshippers crossing a bridge to a temple in central India left at least 89 people dead. The chaos broke out as rumors spread that the bridge was collapsing over the Sindh River.
Hours later, relatives were searching for missing loved ones among the bodies that were lying grouped together on the bridge. More than 100 people were being treated in a hospital for injuries including broken bones. Police wielding sticks had charged the crowd in an effort to contain the rush. People retaliated by hurling stones at officers, and one officer was badly injured.
The bridge was unharmed.
This Girl is Out-Braving Us All
16 year old Malala Yousafzai has stood up to the Taliban, fought for the education of girls, been shot in the head, and survived, as part of an assassination attempt, wrote a book, I Am Malala, addressed the UN (and impressed the hell out of everyone), is nominated for a Nobel Prize, and would like to be the Prime Minister of her home country of Pakistan one day.
I won’t doubt that she will be. She’ll probably save the world too. This teenager old has more poise, wisdom, and class than all of US Congress combined.