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Friday, 11 May 2012


Friday, 11 May 2012

Lead item

Syria suffers worst terror attack since start of uprising "It was sophisticated and carefully co-ordinated. Witnesses said the first blast, at rush hour peak, was quickly followed by a second, larger one, maximising casualties, damage and terror. Most of the victims were reported to be civilians."


General item

Mitt Romney, bully "'They came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors.' It is hard to forget that scene after reading it; how easy could it be after living it?"

New Yorker

Friday, 11 May 2012

General item

Freakish or feminist?: Attachment parenting "This week's issue of Time screams, "ARE YOU MOM ENOUGH?" over a photo of a woman breastfeeding her son who, frankly, looks old enough to cut up his own piece of steak."


New Mayan discovery: the world isn't ending! "... Says William Saturno, the Boston University archaeologist behind a new paper that could help put to rest the long-held myth that the ancient Mayans predicted a 2012 apocalypse... Saturno's report deals with a fascinating trove of calendars and paintings from a Guatemala excavation."

The Daily Beast