Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stories below the fold

The Next war in Mali: Al Jezeerah reports why negotiation with the seperatists might not work: outside extremists took over what was a local dispute, where the Tuareg wanted more independence.

The nearby African states are worried, since many have similar tribal disputes which would be vulnerable to a similar takeover by extremists.

and of course guess who suffers?  Fides reports on the civilians


   You heard about "The Great Escape", but you probably missed this mass escape by POW's...from an Australian POW camp:
During World War II, the prisoner of war camp near Cowra was the site of the Cowra Breakout, one of the largest prison escapes of the war. On August 5, 1944, a tip from an informer led authorities to plan a move of all the POWs to another camp....
From the historian Gavin Long: "At about 2 a.m. a Japanese ran to the camp gates and shouted what seemed to be a warning to the sentries. Then a Japanese bugle sounded. A sentry fired a warning shot. More sentries fired as three mobs of prisoners, shouting 'Banzai,' began breaking through the wire, one mob on the northern side, one on the western and one on the southern. They flung themselves across the wire with the help of blankets. They were armed with knives, baseball bats, clubs studded with nails and hooks, wire stilettos and garotting cords."
During the breakout, hundreds of Japanese were killed and another 108 prisoners wounded. Several Australian soldiers were also killed in the planned escape. Many of those who did escape committed suicide or were killed by their countrymen to avoid recapture. Everybody else was recaptured within ten days.
Wikipedia link HERE.

  Memorial at the cemetary in Cowra
 Daniel Lawlor from Los Angeles poses after winning first place in the Freestyle Moustache category at the third annual USA National Beard and Moustache Championships in Las VegasPicture: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images

one small step for man, one giant step for HAMBURGERS.

A group of Harvard students took fast food to new heights by sending a hamburger attached to a helium balloon and a camera 100,000ft into space and seeing it come hurtling back down to earth in 'Operation Skyfall'..

One of the students, Renzo Lucioni told boston.com that he had wanted to launch something into space for a while, and got the idea from MIT students who sent a camera into space via helium balloon in 2009.
The computer science student got together with friends Nuseir Yassin, Daniel Broudy, Matthew Moellman and Jamie Law-Smith.
He said they were ecstatic at the result, but are hungry for more.

'We’re happy with that, but it can always be better,' he said.

Next up could be a potential 'burrito in space' project.

All your emails are belong to us:

BoingBoing has some questions about Bimbogate...
Since when is the FBI available (for anyone with the right social connections) as a private troll-uncloaking cyber police force?
and includes links to this story at Wired.

There is a petition to award Malala the Nobel Peace Prize.

The United Nations has announced celebrating November 10 (Saturday) as Malala Day. People around the world celebrated Malala as a beacon for 32 million girls who can not go to school. In Pakistan, demonstrations in support of Malala were held in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi. This day was celebrated in more than 100 countries across the globe.
But in Malala's hometown open house events couldn't be organized out of fear of possible terrorist attacks.

And the "YUM ASO STEW" story of the day: LINK

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