Saturday, July 28, 2012


The 2012 Summer Olympics are officially under way in London, England.

Amongst events happening around the world this past week:
*It has been revealed that Republicans in various states across the US have been pushing for election reforms that would actually prevent eligible voters from participating in the November elections! The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups are rallying against the passage of these "Jim Crow" laws.
*Astronaut Sally Ride has lost her battle with pancreatic cancer at age 61. Tam O'Shaughnessy, Ride's until now unknown lesbian mate of the past 27 years, is now hoping to collect survivor/spousal benefits. The couple never publicly revealed their relationship before because of the prejudice about same gender couples prevalent during Ride's active service years at NASA and to maintain their privacy afterwards.
*Astronomers have confirmed the existence of FOUR pairs of binary stars in the universe that are very close to each other, despite the fact that such a phenomenon should not exist without either tearing the twin suns apart or resulting in them merging into a single star.
*Civil unrest continues in Syria and Pakistan.
*The remains of the World War 2 era German U-Boat U-550 have been found off the coast of Massachusetts, USA.

*The NCAA has levied a $60 million US Dollar fine and suspensions against Penn State for their part in covering up the illegal activities of former coach Jerry Sandusky. Included are no bowl game appearances for the next four years and forfeiture of all wins under Sandusky's tenure as coach. Many fear the program will suffer greatly as fans and potential student-athletes alike turn to other venues.

*Fans of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps were shocked when he barely qualified during the time trials to compete in his signature event: the 400 meters individual medley.
*Siling Yi has won the first Gold Medal of the 2012 games, in the air rifle markspersonship event.
*Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney seriously needs to brush up on his etiquette, international relations, and world history after making some major gaffes during his pre-Olympic trip to London.

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