Friday morning roundup

Culture:

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced competing “rallies,” planned for the same day on the national mall.  Stewart’s is called the “Rally to Restore Sanity,” and Colbert’s is called “March to Keep Fear Alive.”  The news comes in the wave of Glenn Beck’s recent “Restoring Honor” rally, which happened on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Photo: AP/Mark J. Terrill

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Thursday morning roundup

Photo: Agropolis

Environment:
Part farm, part restaurant and part grocery store, plans for the world’s first Agropolis were unveiled this week in Denmark.  With sustainability as the goal, Agropolis would have fish swimming beneath diner’s feet and vegetables growing from the walls.  The creators hope that Agropolis, if realized, would function as an ecosystem unto itself.

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Wednesday morning roundup

Environment

This disturbing photo of a waterway clogged with dead fish in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana was sent to local media outlets by Parish President Billy Nungesser. Residents fear that the massive fish kill could be related to the BP oil spill.

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Tuesday morning roundup

CULTURE

Donald Trump

The upcoming season of The Donald’s primetime hit, “The Apprentice,” will be celebrity-free this time around. The format will revert back to featuring regular folks whose livelihoods have been negatively affected by the economy.

SECURITY

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton convened a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to discuss peace in the Middle East.  Most pressing for the summit is the impending expiration of the moratorium on new Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
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Monday afternoon roundup

Culture

The Vatican Apostolic Library is reopening this month after an extensive renovation and a slew of new security measures. The changes, which were implemented in part because of the attempted theft of a 14th-century document in 1996, include the outfitting of all 70,000 books with computer chips.

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Friday morning roundup

Security

Wikileaks is preparing “biggest leak of military intelligence” ever, Ian Overton of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism told Newsweek. The new documents are primarily “U.S. military field reports related to the Iraq War,” according to Overton, whose London- based non-profit is collaborating with the rogue outlet.

Economy

In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeff Goldberg, Fidel Castro, the steadfast leader of his country’s communist revolution, seems to have admitted that the Cuban economic model isn’t working. The New York Times’ Robert Mackey dug up this 1998 Simpons clip which foretold the scenario:

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Thursday morning roundup

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Photo: Agência Brasil

Security

Hugo Chavez becomes the latest Iranian ally to speak out against anti-Semitism. The Venezuelan president follows Fidel Castro’s lead in declaring his “respect and love” for the Jewish people.
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Wednesday morning roundup

Photo: Flickr/onepotscreamer

Security

In an interview with The Atlantic’s Jeff Goldberg, former boogeyman Fidel Castro says that his replacement, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, should “stop slandering the Jews.” Look out for part II of Goldberg’s fascinating story about his meeting with Castro on his blog later today.

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Tuesday morning roundup

The Isaar II nuclear powerplant in Landshut, Germany. Photo: Flickr/WaveCult

Environment

Germany agreed to extend the life spans of its 17 nuclear reactors by an average of 12 years, giving rise to protests from the country’s environmental activists. Time.com’s Eban Harrell chalks up Germany’s reversal as “one of a string of recent, if small, victories for nuclear power.”  Read All »