Saturday, November 17, 2012



Amongst events that have happened around the world this past week:
*"Operation: Pillar of Cloud" has been initiated in the Gaza Strip by the Israeli Defense Force, drawing many comments pro and con. The activity is supposed to be a preemptive strike against known, anti-Israeli Hamas militants.
*The Hostess snack food (Ding Dongs, Twinkies, etc) company has announced its potential closing. Many are blaming the "greedy" bakery workers union, ignoring the fact that employees already took one wage cut, only to see the money paid out to executives instead of reinvested in the company. Hostess is currently run by two hedgefund companies and an investment bank.
*In recent legal action, British Petroleum has plead guilty to manslaughter and obstruction of Congress charges, resulting in $4.5 billion (USDollars) fines to the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2011. Meanwhile, 2 BP executives who were on the Deepwater Horizon when the spill began are now facing 23 criminal counts in Federal court.
*Since Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama won reelection last week, seven states (Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee) have acquired enough signatures on a grassroots petition to succeed from the United States! The Federal Government has yet to officially respond, although Texas state governor (and potential Republican Presidential candidate) Rick Perry has said he has no intentions of leaving the Union.
*Although originally thought to be a minor, a man accusing Sesame Street Muppeteer Kevin Clash has recanted, admitting the "relationship" was between two consenting adults. Clash, the man behind Elmo and now on extended sabbatical, has never denied preferring the company of men and said his employers knew that when he was first hired, about three years before the development and rising popularity of the red furred Muppet.
*China has undergone a leadership transition with the 18th Party Congress.
*People along the Southern Pacific Ocean and Australia were able to observe a total solar eclipse November 13th. The next for planet Earth will be an annular eclipse May 10, 2013.
*The 2012 inductees into the Toy Hall of Fame are Dominos, in existence since the 1300s, and the introductory 1978  line of Star Wars toys from Kenner.
*Civil unrest continues in Syria, Lybia, and Afghanistan.

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