Everything You Need to Know About Last Week’s News #38

In reverse order of importance:

Justin Bieber’s monkey got confiscated by customs in Germany. Or something like that.

Obama appointed the first woman to head the Secret Service. I wonder if she’s as cool as Tasha Yar.

Italian archaeologists unearthed Pluto’s Gate, the alleged portal to the underworld, in Turkey.

North Korea declared war against the South Korea and the US or something. I’m still believing Little Kim isn’t stupid enough to actually start any fights.

For the first time scientists have printed human embryonic stem cells using a 3D printer.

A new kind of bird flu has killed two in China. Maybe by next week we’ll know where this H7N9 strain falls on the should-i-freakout-about-this-and-how-much scale (right now the needle has moved from 0 to 0.001).

Obama¬†signed the “Monsanto Protection Act” which lets Monsanto keep using seeds that have health risks, orsomething complicated like that.

The Supreme Court heard arguments about gay marriage. People changed their profile pictures to help.

The Supreme Court also ruled limits on the use of drug-sniffing dogs without warrants. Based on my understanding of the unreliability of drug-sniffing dogs and stories of power abuse, this is a win for civil liberties.

However, in other privacy/freedom news, “U.S. plans to let spy agencies scour Americans’ finances,” and “FBI wants real-time Gmail spying powers.” Hey, man, whatever keeps us safe.

North Dakota one-upped Arkansas’s new 12-week abortion limit as the governor signed a bill limiting abortions after a heartbeat is detected, which is around six weeks. We’re going to have some interesting rides through the courts the next couple of years.

Cyprus continued to work on their complicated bailout. It sounds like depositors under the insured limit will now not lose any money, while depositors above may lose a whole lot. They also implemented really strict “capital controls” to try to prevent a bank run when the banks re-opened. Not really sure how that’s all going to pan out, but the rest of the global economy doesn’t seem too concerned at this point, at least for now.

2 thoughts on “Everything You Need to Know About Last Week’s News #38”

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