The Pope is Slumming it… and Other News.

The Pope

The Pope is slumming it. Pope Francis, known for taking the bus and not wearing fancy red shoes, has shunned the regal papal apartment that sits on top of the Apostolic Palace. Instead, he opted for a simple Vatican home alongside other clergy. The pope is currently staying in a simple two-room flat in Domus Santa Martha. His decision to stay in the humble abode is consistent with his desire for the religion to become a ‘poor church, for the poor’ and to prioritise disadvantaged groups. Well, he’s certainly making Pope Benedict sound like a dick. Daily Mail

Madagascar LocustSucks to be in Madagascar. A severe plague of locusts has infested about half of Madagascar, threatening crops and raising concerns about food shortages. The billions (and I mean billions) of plant-devouring insexts could cause hunger for over half of the population. The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organzation is calling it the worst plague to hit the island nation since the 1950s. I don’t remember the movie being like this….. BBC News

David PFormer CIA director David Petraeus has apologized for the extramarital affair that ruined his career. Patraeus told a Los Angeles veterans’ group on Tuesday that he was sorry for his conduct and acknowledge that he is now regarded in “a different light.” The retired four-star general had resigned in disgrace in November 2012 from his position as the head of the CIA after admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The scandal surrounding the affair gained strong media attention, partially due to its complexity. Associated Press

JuddAshley Judd announced she will not be running for US Senate. Judd made the announcement via Twitter as her face was too frozen from years of plastic surgery to deal with a public appearance.  “Regretfully, I am currently unable to consider a campaign for the Senate,” Judd tweeted. “After serious and thorough contemplation, I realize that my responsibilities and energy at this time need to be focused on my family.” Judd had been publicly and privately flirting with a bid for several months, but I guess ultimately decided she might make a fool of herself. Politico

Small WorldWould you listen to 30 minutes of Disney’s “It’s a Small World” for $8,000? Well, a disabled man who was stuck on Disneyland’s ‘It’s A Small World’ ride for 30 minutes has just won a lawsuit against the theme park. Jose Martinez, 55, got stuck when the ride broke down and was unable to be evacuated with the other riders since he uses a wheelchair. The “Small World” song played over and over, which aggravated Martinez’s panic attacks and high blood pressure. The CIA is now looking into using the song during interrogations (no, they’re not). San Francisco Chronicle

Winning“Winning takes care of everything” – at least according to Tiger Woods. The new Nike ad featuring the Tiger Woods and his September 2012 quote is raising a few eyebrows. Some say it’s just about sports, while others interpreted the slogan as referring to his past marital problems and multiple affairs. Maybe they should ask his ex-wife Elin Nordegren if winning takes care of everything. She certainly won in the divorce… CBC News

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