[Weekly Review] | April 28, 2015, by Camille Bromley | Harper's Magazine

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[Weekly Review]

Weekly Review


The Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile, the country of Liberland is founded, and a woman is convicted of killing her handymen and feeding them to pigs 

his majesty frank penguin, king of the brutes

his majesty frank penguin, king of the brutes

A magnitude-7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, killing at least 4,000 people and leveling four World Heritage sites, including the 200-foot-tall Dharahara Tower. In villages outside Kathmandu, 80 percent of homes collapsed. On Mount Everest, an avalanche triggered by the quake killed at least 18 climbers and support workers. Tens of thousands throughout the Kathmandu Valley slept in tents, and on roads, parks, and golf courses.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Flash flooding hit Sydney and surrounding towns, killing at least 8 people and prompting authorities to declare 12 natural-disaster zones in New South Wales; and two eruptions of the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile buried the nearby town of Ensenada in as much as 20 inches of ash. A plume of ash continued to billow from the volcano, which had been dormant for 42 years, and scientists warned that it could erupt again. “This hurts a bit,” said an Ensenada resident, “but there’s nothing to do against nature.”[7][8][9][10] In Yerevan, Armenia, Russian president Vladimir Putin gathered with international leaders to commemorate the centennial of the Armenian genocide in which Ottoman Turks killed 1.5 million people. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan denied the massacre ever happened, and the country’s deputy prime minister criticized Russia’s participation in the ceremony. “They should look at their own past,” he said.[11] President Barack Obama announced that a CIA-ordered drone strike carried out in January against a purported Al Qaeda compound in Pakistan killed an American development worker and an Italian aid worker who were being held there as hostages, and that a separate drone strike the same month killed two American Al Qaeda operatives who had not been targeted. “This is a president,” said California Representative Adam B. Schiff, “who won a Nobel Peace Prize.”[12][13][14][15][16]

Three Czech libertarians received 200,000 applications for citizenship of Liberland, a three-square-mile microstate they recently established between Serbia and Croatia whose economy will be based on a digital cryptocurrency and whose national anthem will be composed by a straightedge rapper. “We have an Egyptian plumber and a German data-management professional,” said a man processing applications in Prague.[17] Nine people convicted of drug crimes, including two Australians, four Nigerians, a Brazilian, a Filipino, and an Indonesian, were scheduled for mass execution by firing squad in Java.[18] In Colorado, a man took his 2012 Dell XPS 410 into an alley and shot it eight times.[19] A robot known as Random Darknet Shopper that was confiscated by Swiss police for purchasing ten ecstasy pills online was cleared of charges.[20] In Japan, a man was arrested for using a drone to carry radioactive sand from the site of the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima to the roof of the prime minister’s office; in Switzerland, the national post service announced that it will test drones for mail delivery; and a man in Tennessee used a drone to accompany his eight-year-old daughter on her walk to school. “Daddy,” he said, “is always watching.”[21][22][23][24]

It was reported that an embryonic twin was discovered inside the brain of an Indiana woman undergoing surgery for a tumor, and an Australian wellness blogger who claimed to have survived terminal brain cancer by eliminating gluten and sugar from her diet admitted that she was never sick.[25][26] A Swedish petting zoo closed to prevent lambs and goats from spreading an eczema-like skin disease to children; a farmer in Miti Mingi, Kenya, reported that his cow was killing and eating sheep; and a 66-year-old Oregon woman was convicted of shooting two handymen and feeding them to her pigs.[27][28][29] The New England Aquarium announced it would be providing its African penguins with igloo-style “honeymoon suites” to encourage mating, Denmark outlawed bestiality, China’s Ministry of Culture banned burlesque dancers and strippers from performing at funerals, and the town of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, proposed changing its current motto, “The Land of Rape and Honey.” “Honey production,” noted a town survey, “has decreased significantly.” [30][31][32][33][34]

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