Pussy Riot Member Goes on Hunger Strike… And Other News

Pussy Riot HUnger Strike

Because it worked so well for the Guantanamo prisoners, Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova announced that she will begin a hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions at Penal Colony No. 14 in Mordovia, where she is imprisoned.

In an open letter to The Guardian, the Pussy Riot member described working seven days a week, with a day off once a month and a half, with four hours of sleep a night. Other highlights include constant beatings and death threats from a camp administrator. Tolokonnikova, who is serving a two-year sentence for “hooliganism” after pariticiapting in an anti-Putin demonstration in a church, has demanded that the prisoners be “treated like human beings, not slaves.” The Guardian

Typhoon UsagiThe powerful typhoon Usagi (sounds like a great sushi roll!) slammed southern China and Hong Kong on Monday, killing at least 25 people – which isn’t bad considering a gazillion people live there. Usagi brought some flooding, blew some cars off the road and cut power lines to 170,000. And if that wasn’t enough, more than 370 flights were canceled and the financial markets closed for part of the morning. Al Jazeera

54345353451What’s worse: leaking classified information to a reporter about an al-Qaeda bomb plot or… child pornography? Well, retired FBI agent and former bomb technician Donald Sachtleben has pleaded guilty to both. Sachtleben apparently spoke to the Associated Press last year about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen and then decided to trade some child porn images online. Apparently the child pornography is worse than the bomb leak because he only got 43 months for the leak compared to 97 months for the porn. BBC News

McCain CruzTrouble in the Senate: according to an aide, Sen. John McCain “f*ing hates” Sen. Ted Cruz. News flash: so do a lot of people. Tension between the two Republican Senators grew earlier this year when Cruz participated in Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster of John Brennan’s nomination to head the CIA. McCain then proceeded to call Cruz other Republicans “wacko birds.” First, great insult. Second, let’s hear Cruz’s response: “If standing for liberty and standing for the Constitution makes you a wacko bird then I am a very, very proud wacko bird.” But not a proud Canadian 🙁 Raw Story

Costa COncordia CaptainWhen in doubt, blame an Indonesian. The captain of the Costa Concordia has blamed his Indonesian helmsman for botching a crucial manoeuvre that he said would have avoided the cruise ship’s deadly collision with a reef off the coast of an island in Italy. Why bother having an Indonesian helmsman if you can’t use him as a scapegoat? Schettino told a court the helmsman failed to obey orders to slow down and steered the ship onto rocks. Captain Schettino is also charged with abandoning his ship before its 4,200 passengers and crew could all be safely evacuated. Instead of going down with the ship (see: Titanic), Captain Schettino got the hell out of there, leaving 32 people to die. Stay classy Captain! The Globe and Mail

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