November 18, 2015

Explained: The World Vs. ISIS



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Everyone Vs. ISIS

Part One: The Hunt Continues
A raid in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Denis killed at least two jihadists, including one woman who activated a suicide vest. Six other people were arrested as the police tried to find Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian believed to be the mastermind behind last week’s attacks. It is unclear if he was apprehended. The police say the suspects were about to execute another major attack in Paris. 

In Hanover, a Holland vs. Germany soccer (football) game was called off due to a “suspicious object.” Turned out to be a false alarm. Two Air France flights were also diverted due to bomb threats. Meanwhile, ISIS affiliate Boko Haram struck a marketplace in Nigeria, killing at least 30 people.

Part Two: Putin’s Punishment
Russian officials confirmed that a bomb downed the Russian jet over Egypt, killing 224 on board. Putin blamed ISIS for the bombing and vowed to also be merciless in his response. Putin stated that “to forgive the terrorists is up to God, but to send them to him is up to [Putin].” Russian jets joined the French and American ones bombing ISIS in Syria. 

Part Three: The Online Battlefield
Anonymous (a loose collective of hackers) also joined in the war against ISIS. The group released Twitter accounts and websites related to ISIS’ online activities, claiming they took down 5,500 accounts already. ISIS runs a highly sophisticated digital program (including cat gifs). London Mayor Boris Johnson blamed Edward Snowden (NSA whistleblower) for helping ISIS encrypt messages and evade detection.  

Part Four: United States And Refugees
More than half of US governors have come out against allowing refugees into the country and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has called on the US to pause accepting refugees until the vetting process can be reviewed. Comparisons were made between today’s stance toward refugees and sentiments in the 1930s and ’40s toward those fleeing Nazi Germany. “Give me your tired, your poor [just make sure they are properly vetted]…”


US And China: New Form Of ‘Gunship Diplomacy’

The USS Stethem, a US guided missile destroyer, docked in Shanghai yesterday for a weeklong show of goodwill (awkward smiles) between the US and Chinese navies. The two navies have been at loggerheads recently over Chinese claims in the South China Sea and a recent attempt by the Stethem’s sister ship to challenge those claims. The meeting so far seems to be going well… good luck?


Minneapolis: Why Does This Keep Happening?

Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old unarmed black man who was shot by the Minneapolis police over the weekend, died Tuesday. Protestors took to the streets earlier this week against police brutality toward black Americans. The police say they are investigating the shooting but have so far refused to release the video of the shooting or many details about what happened. 

#pnut4prez: Bobby Goes Bye Bye

Another one bites the dust. Bobby Jindal, the Louisiana Governor and Aziz Ansari look-alike (video), dropped out of the 2016 Republican presidential race. He was polling among the lowest of the motley crew — often lower than 1% — and was lagging behind in the money department with $261,000 in the bank at the start of October. In the wise words of the man himself: “This is not my time.” 

‘NIGHTMARE’ READ: The GOP’s Nightmare Scenario Is Very, Very Real 


Keeping Our Eye On…

  • Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s opposition party the National League for Democracy that just won the country’s parliamentary election, is making waves with her declaration that she will “be above the president.” 
  • Rugby Hero Dies: New Zealand rugby (NFL without pads) titan, Jonah Lomu, tragically died yesterday at 40 years old. Here is a highlights video of the great man doing what he did best.
  • Gay Marriage: Ireland’s first same-sex marriage was officiated today after the May referendum legalizing gay marriage. 



Google+: What is Google+?

Google released a new version of Google+ (read their blog post) based on customer feedback (from the very few customers that used it). The revamp is centered around “Communities” and “Collections” (aka Facebook Groups) and is designed to help people share (aka Facebook). The revamp leaves us with one nagging question: if a status is posted on Google+ and no one is there to read it, is it really a status? In the meantime, you can add us to your Google+ circle by clicking here.



Charlie Sheen, HIV And A Safe Sex Public Service Announcement 

Charlie Sheen (from “Two and a Half Men”) announced that he was HIV-positive. About 1.2 million people in the US are estimated to have HIV with about 50,000 new people contracting HIV every year. We’ve partnered with L Condoms (see below) to help you practice safe sex. They are even giving away a year’s worth of condoms (a $200 value, give or take) to one winner… you just need to enter the competition here.
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