South Sudan Gets Violent… And Other News

South Sudan

Get out of South Sudan!! The U.S. embassy tweeted to all American citizens (all three of them?) living/vacationing in South Sudan.

Fighting has returned to the angry south, leaving 66 plus people dead after an attempted coup went horribly wrong. South Sudan President Salva Kiir’s security forces took the coup led by supporters of his former vice president, Riek Machar, and shut it down. The arch political rivals, who are both from different ethnic groups (obvs), have clashed in the past and divisions in the army have been simmering for quite some time. Details of the claimed coup remain sketchy, because… well, it’s South Sudan and they don’t have the best cell reception. I’m not kidding – that’s the reason. Al Jazeera

heli crashNATO hawk down! Six NATO troops, all American, died in an aircraft crash in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday. NATO officials say it was not a suspected militant strike and that the crash is still under investigation. But the Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the deaths, saying, via Twittter of course, that its fighters shot down a helicopter over Zabul province. The crash was the single deadliest incident of the year for the NATO mission in Afghanistan – but it still doesn’t come close to the loss of life in that Yemen wedding drone attack… CNN

Zimmerman PaintingGeorge Zimmerman: Neighborhood watchdog, black teen murderer, collector of domestic violence charges, and now painter. His resume is filling up! The notorious Florida man is selling his first-ever painted work on eBay: a U.S. flag painted in multiple shades of blue, with the words “God, One Nation, with Liberty and Justice for All,” stamped in white letters on the flag. Zimmerman says, “I found a creative, way to express myself, my emotions and the symbols that represent my experiences. My art work allows me to reflect, providing a therapeutic outlet and allows me to remain indoors 🙂” Well, I’m happy that he’s staying indoors and I appreciate the smiley face, but I’m skeptical about the “creative way to express myself.” Judging from the current bid of nearly $100,000, I’d say it was more about the money, and less about the creativity. After all, he does have quite a few legal bills piling up. Raw Story

Kim Jong-il DeathaversaryHappy Kim Jong-il death-iversary! North Koreans celebrated/mourned the second anniversary of Kim Jong-il’s sudden death with purges and commemorative ceremonies. The ceremonies come only a week after Kim Jong-un’s uncle, the brother in law of Kim Jong-il, was purged from the party and then executed – partly for only “half-heartedly” clapping. So North Koreans made sure they clapped until their hands bled as they laid flowers and celebrated the life of their beloved former leader. BBC News

Lots of CatsGuys can be crazy cat ladies too: police report that a Japanese man stole nearly $200,000 over a year-long burglary spree because he wanted to feed his 128 cats gourmet cat food. I totally get it. The “cat burglar” broke into 32 homes to steal money and jewelry to satisfy his cats’ expensive tastes. Forty-eight-year-old Mamoru Demizu had one cat in his home and kept another 20 in some kind of cat warehouse. The remaining 107 cats were strays that he just couldn’t say no to. Demizu says he feels “happiest when he rubs his cheek against cats.” Gawker

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