Posted by: Jennifer | August 6, 2009

catching up on the news

I have absolutely nothing to talk about. Such is the life of someone with no job and no social life. That said, I didn’t want to start leaving this blog blank again, so searched around and found some news articles that I thought were worth sharing.

On Saturday, Sonia Sotomayor will become the first Hispanic and the third woman to be sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice. Conservative groups were concerned over her views on privacy and statements that she has made in the past regarding her race, but at the end of the day what mattered was her ability to do her job and whether that ability would make her an asset to the Supreme Court of the United States. What a strange and wonderful concept.

Today, Japan marked the 64th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. During the cereomy Hiroshima’s Mayor Tadatoshi Akiba urged global leaders to back President Barack Obama’s call to abolish nuclear weapons. On August 6th, 1945 140,000 people were killed or slowly died of radiation poisoning after the bombing. Another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki three days later, killing another 80,000 people. Japan surrendered to the United States on August 15th, ending World War II.

The Illinois Secretary of State has started a website encouraging people to anonymously submit complaints about fellow citizens wrongfully utilizing handicapped parking spaces. The site has had more than 100 tips since it was launched in mid-June.

Hackers attacked Twitter and Facebook today, causing service disruptions and giving me nothing to do all day today. Both sites are running normally now and my life is back to normal.

Jim Balsillie is being allowed to bid in an auction to buy the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes. Other auction participants so far include Chicago businessman Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago Cubs and the Bulls, and a company called Ice Edge, who proposes that the team should stay in Arizona but who also wants to allow regular season games to be played in Halifax. Personally I’m rooting for Ice Edge.

Donald Marshall has died at the age of 55 from kidney failure. For those who don’t remember, Marshall was convicted of murder in 1971 in the stabbing death of Sandy Seale. He went to prison at the age of 17 and then spent the next twelve years in prison before an RCMP review determined that he had been wrongly convicted of the murder and was released. He went on to become a prominent champion of Native rights in Nova Scotia.

And finally, anyone in the Halifax area looking for something to do this weekend is in luck. The International Buskers Festival starts tonight in downtown Halifax. The Stanley Cup is coming to Dartmouth tomorrow, with a parade going through Cole Harbour scheduled to begin at 2:30pm. And the 3rd Annual Halifax Seaport Beerfest will take place on the Halifax waterfront on Saturday. Beer for everyone!

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