Zombie apocalypse? Don’t worry, the Pentagon’s got it covered.
The U.S. federal government actually has a contingency plan in the unlikely event zombies invade the earth and the military has to destroy them to “preserve the sanctity of human life.” The Defense Department — with a 2014 budget of more than $500 billion—maintains a secret disaster preparation document called “CONOP 8888,” which provides a handy how-to defense against the walking dead. “This plan fulfills fictional contingency planning guidance tasking for U.S. Strategic Command to develop a comprehensive [plan] to undertake military operations to preserve ‘non-zombie’ humans from the threats posed by a zombie horde,” the summary says. And for those who think the zombie document is a joke, it contains a disclaimer reading: “this plan was not actually designed as a joke.” CNBC
In not surprising news, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has officially been linked to the mafia. Despite denying rumors of mob ties for years, Berlusconi couldn’t escape the Italian stereotype. The former leader’s ties to Cosa Nostra, the Sicilian Mafia, were exposed during a former senator’s trial. Apparently the billionaire tycoon and bunga bunga party organizer worked with the Sicilian Mafia, via his conduit and former senator Marcello Dell’Utri for 18 years, from 1974 to 1992. The judges said the deal between the mafia and Berlusconi, mediated by Dell’Utri, was formed in 1974 and “was implemented voluntarily and knowingly”. Berlusconi will not be tried for his links to the mob, however, because the statute of limitations for mafia-related offences kicks in after 20 years. But just to be a dick, Berlusconi lashed out at the judges, calling them “biased”. Independent
Pope Francis says he would baptize aliens if they came to the Vatican looking for some holy water. Francis said Catholicism was a church of “open doors”, asking “who are we to close doors” to anyone – even Martians. “If, for example, tomorrow an expedition of Martians came to us here and one said ‘I want to be baptized!’, what would happen?” the Pope asked, clarifying that he was actually talking about aliens. “Martians, right? Green, with long noses and big ears, like in children’s drawings.” Now, I’m not sure that alien race advanced enough to create intergalactic space travel technology would be willing to come to Earth and live within the confines of the Catholic church, but it’s a nice gesture. Independent
In India, forced marital sex is not rape, it’s just marital sex. A Delhi court has ruled that sex between a husband and wife, “even if forcible, is not rape.” As long as the wife is over 15 years-old that is… there has to be some kind of restriction! The judge’s decision, which upheld section 375 of the Indian Penal Code, was the end result of a Delhi woman’s complaint last October. The woman filed a complaint against a man she accused of drugging her, abducting her and taking her to Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, to register their marriage. And then he raped her – but it’s okay because they were married. New York Times
The judge in the trial of South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has ordered that he should undergo a 30-day mental evaluation. He probably should have had those mental health tests before he shot and killed his girlfriend/toilet intruder, but whatever. Prosecution lawyer Gerrie Nel pushed for the evaluation after a forensic psychiatrist said that the double amputee was suffering from generalized anxiety disorder. The psychiatric prescription raises the possibility that the accused was suffering a mental illness when he shot Reeva Steenkamp. To sum up, the trial will now face a very lengthy delay. BBC News