Tuesday Late Night Reads: Open Thread

Good Late Evening

For tonight we have a few cartoons that highlight today’s news headlines.

Suicide Mission Volunteer Was Double Agent, Officials Say

The suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually an intelligence agent for Saudi Arabia who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the mission, American and foreign officials said Tuesday.

Underwear bomber

Underwear bomber © Olle Johansson,Sweden,Al Qaeda, Underwear-Bombing, Attemp,t Thwarted, CIA, Airplane, Airport,

Austerity has been the main prescription across Europe for dealing with the continent’s nearly three-year-old debt crisis, brought on by too much government spending. But what does it mean for the average European? Imagine paying sales tax of 23% or more. Or having your wages cut by 15%. Or, if you’re in Ireland, both. Austerity comes in many forms: higher taxes, fewer state benefits, more job cuts, working longer until retirement, you name it.

Here’s a look at some of Europe’s austerity pain:

Go to article to see the rundown of each country.

European Austerity Politics © Adam Zyglis,The Buffalo News,french, toast, sarkozy, president, france, nicolas, francois, hollande, elections, paris, europe, austerity, voters, policy, economy, cuts, budget, government, euro, union, zone, world

Maurice Sendak, Children’s Author, Dies at 83

Maurice Sendak, widely considered the most important children’s book artist of the 20th century, who wrenched the picture book out of the safe, sanitized world of the nursery and plunged it into the dark, terrifying and hauntingly beautiful recesses of the human psyche, died on Tuesday in Danbury, Conn. He was 83.

  Sendak Send off

Sendak Send off © Pat Bagley,Salt Lake Tribune,Maurice, Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are, The Night Kitchen, Max, Obituary, Children, Childrens Books, Rumpus


27 Comments on “Tuesday Late Night Reads: Open Thread”

  1. I know it seems a quick post, but I will make it up tomorrow morning.

    • NW Luna says:

      Among patients with soft tissue infection, there are a number of clinical features that raise the likelihood of necrotizing infection. These include systemic findings, such as fever, tachycardia, and hypotension, and typical signs and symptoms such as tense edema outside the involved skin, disproportionate pain, blisters/bullae, crepitus, and subcutaneous gas. These findings, although fairly specific, have a low sensitivity of 10 to 40 percent.
      However, whenever postoperative/posttraumatic pain is increasing in severity, the patient should be examined expeditiously to verify that a serious wound complication, such as necrotizing fasciitis, is not the source of the increasing pain.

      Topic: necrotizing fasciitis UpToDate (medical reference)

      I hesitate to 2nd-guess other clinicians, but the article did say she returned to the ER due to severe pain. Wonder how overloaded the ER was or what. Scary. Necrotizing infections are very rare, but get a lot of publicity.

      • ecocatwoman says:

        I had a major relationship with necrotizing fasciitis in late 2010 – 2011. If you’re interested in the ugly details you can read this post: http://ecocatwoman.blogspot.com/2011/06/rest-of-story.html Personally, I think it’s more common that we realize. During one visit to the hyperbaric department I met another patient who had broken her leg & due to an infection after the surgery was going to have her leg amputated. She felt she contracted in the hospital.

      • NW Luna says:

        Ouch! Sorry to think about what you had to go though, ecocat!

        And certainly there are hospital-acquired “nosocomial” infections — too many, though rates are going down.

  2. northwestrain says:

    So the voters approving this crap written by a hate group — can now be considered as part of the same hate group.

    Probably the SC dimwits would vote to burn uppity women at the stake — if given the chance to vote on that subject.

    United States — BS — double BS — SC isn’t part of any of the US — they are Neanderthal throwbacks trying to bring back the dark ages.

  3. bostonboomer says:

    OMG! I knew it! It was another sting operation. What a joke. I love that underpants cartoon, JJ.

    • northwestrain says:

      If something like this happens for real — few people will believe it.

      When the Feds consistently lie — we expect that every time they claim to catch the bad guys — that the bad guys are really working for the CIA/FBI/SS

      Security theater — as some wag commented — the next TSA trick will be to order everyone to remove their underwear and put it in a zip lock bag for an extra inspection.

      The TSA is bad for the economy — fewer people are flying — many who fly for business are opting for teleconferencing etc. The whole objective seems to be to kill off the middle class.

    • Personally BB, I think the pants should be pulled out of the ass of the CIA agent, but that might be a bit too revealing.

  4. RalphB says:

    Wall Street Journal on the screw job of laying off government employees,

    Unemployment Rate Without Government Cuts: 7.1%

    • NW Luna says:

      Yeah, those lazy, overpaid federal, state, and county workers. Our state workers have had wages frozen for 4+ years, or reduced, if they haven’t been laid off. Microsoft and Boeing and other employers provide better benefits than the state, not to mention pay, but nobody whines about that.

      And don’t get me started on cuts to higher education, thereby passing the buck to students in the form of higher tuition, bigger-sized classes, fewer offerings.

      Let’s lay off a few Congresscritters come Nov.

  5. RalphB says:

    Man is this ever a message that complacent Democratic donors and voters need to hear!

    Carville: Wake up Democrats; you could lose

    • NW Luna says:

      Actually pathetic is a kind word for Romney and this campaign.


    • Seriously says:

      I don’t really blame them for being complacent. Mitt and Obama are practically doppelgängers. They share all of the same vulnerabilities, so it’s going to be impossible for Mitt to gain any traction against Obama. I don’t think even Obama’s crack political team can screw this one up.

  6. RalphB says:

    The hits keep coming. As of March 19th:

    Michele Bachmann claims Swiss citizenship


  7. NW Luna says:

    But this about Obama:

    … if people don’t think that you are connected to their lives and are fighting for their interests they will vote your tush out of office in a nano-second.

    Once again Carville nails it.