Prince William Quits his Job… And Other News

Prince William

Prince William: I quit!

Buckingham Palace announced Thursday that Prince William is leaving the Royal Air Force to devote more time to public service. Devote more time to the public service? So… attending charity events and touring the world by private jet as an ambassador? Apparently yes, but the palace has been careful not to describe his new role as that of a “full-time royal”. And as for his charity of choice? “United for Wildlife”. Buckingham Palace released a statement saying William would be  “…expanding his work in the field of conservation, particularly in respect of protecting endangered species and habitat..” William has been a search and rescue helicopter pilot with the Royal Air Force for the past three years, so preserving elephants and cheetahs will be… different. CBS News

Hang the RapistsThe sentencing is in for the Delhi gang rape case, and the victim’s family will be pleased – death sentences for all! The four men convicted of a brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi, were sentenced Friday to die by hanging. The crowd outside the courthouse erupted into triumphant cheers as the sentences were announced. They were really pushing for that death sentence – some were holding up makeshift nooses and pictures of hanging bodies. The victim (posthumously obvs) was also hoping for the death penalty. Before her death she had told a court official that her attackers “should be burned alive.” Hanging, burning alive – close enough. New York Times

NJ Boardwalk FireFunTown Pier is no longer fun after a fire decided to eat up a section of boardwalk along the shore of Seaside Park, New Jersey, which was ironically spared by Hurricane Sandy last October. About 100 firefighters were still on the scene and luckily there were no civilian injuries BUT 30 businesses were destroyed in the fire, including the ice cream stand where the fire started. Upon first seeing the damage, New Jersey Governor Christie said, “I feel like I want to throw up.” That’s how I feel when I go to the Jersey Shore too. CNN

Shark FinNo more shark fin soup for you! Hong Kong’s government has announced it will stop serving shark fin and bluefin tuna at official functions following years of lobbying by conservation groups. “The exclusion of these… items from official menus is a start and also serves as an example of raising public education and awareness on sustainability,” a government spokesman said in a press release. Hong Kong is one of the world’s biggest markets for shark fin, which is considered an Asian delicacy and is often served as a soup at expensive Chinese banquets/weddings. Your move, rest of China. BBC News

Ayman-al-ZawahiriIn honour of the 12th anniversary of September 11th, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has issued a heartfelt message calling for small-scale (or “lone-wolf”) attacks inside the U.S. Better than large-scale attacks I suppose. But not so fast – according to al-Zawahiri, a few attacks “here and there” would “bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security.” Noooooo! The speech, which was released online a day after the 9/11 anniversary, also praised the bombings in Boston in April and encouraged more of the same. Lovely. BBC News

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