Weird news at home and around the world

Mar 31, 2014

Geraldine Amiel and Selina Williams try to figure out How a Giant Kazakh Oil Project Went Awry. Tom Gara at Wall Street Journal pointed out: “Any story that ends with the Kazakhstan oil minister spitting over his left shoulder is worth reading.”

In a blog post called Style & Substance, the Wall Street Journal decrees: “Children aren't goats.” Samuel Rubenfeld there added, “Just in time for Passover.”

However, Bags of Mountain Air Offered in Smog-Addled Chinese City is the most ridiculous headline today. Thanks for that, Wall Street Journal! Elana Zak there shared, “One smog-addled Chinese city is shipping in bags of mountain air.” Bill Chappell at NPR pulled this quote from the story: “I would love to walk in the mountain’s forests.”

The New York Times writes of a Panel’s Warning on Climate Risk: Worst Is Yet to Come. Patrick LaForge there share some examples: “rising oceans, melting ice, extinctions, dying coral reefs.” Andrea Bernstein from WNYC added, “As the planet warms ‘the goal of ensuring that every person has enough food to eat could be lost forever.’” Ryan Budnick at 7 News Denver tweeted: “In case you were feeling too chipper this Mon morn.”

Another downer is this exclusive from BuzzFeed’s Aram Roston that U.S. Taxpayers To Spend $400,000 For A Camel Sculpture In Pakistan. Shreeya Sinha at the New York Times explained it’s for a “new embassy in Islamabad.” Monica Ayala-Talavera with KXAN-TV added: “UMM EXCUSE ME!?” Katie Notopoulos at BuzzFeed put it into some rational perspective: “We're paying for the Library of Congress to archive all our shitty tweets, let Pakistan have its $400K camel.”

And Mother Jones wonders: Who's Behind Newsweek? They also wondered (in a tweet): “What is ‘the Community’ and what does it have to do with Newsweek's new owner?”

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