Today in ledes to read
"If I make it to 110, as intended, I might literally outlive the ocean," realizes HuffPost UK's Michael Rundle, after reading Carl Zimmer's New York Times report that a study finds oceans on the brink of a wave of extinctions (16,000+ shares). "Good thing all of 'science' is an elitist liberal scam, otherwise this would be sort of terrifying," snarks (yes, we're making that a verb) Mark Morford with the San Francisco Chronicle. "At least we're taking the whales down with us," Alex Bruns with Bloomberg View finds the silver lining in all of this (yes, we're being sarcastic). "This is the kind of vitally important news we should all freak out about, but we will likely all ignore," predicts WGCU's Ashley Lopez. "This was a poor choice for my bedtime reading," concludes City Limits Magazine's Jarrett Murphy.
An AFP photographer has been shot at an anti-Charlie Hebdo protest in Pakistan (~500 shares). "Docs say he’s out of immediate danger," shares Jamie Tarabay with Al Jazeera America. Meanwhile, several people were taken hostage at a Parisian post office today, but latest reports indicate the assailant has handed himself over and there were no injuries reported (5,000+ shares). French media report it was "not of a terrorist nature." Sec. of State John Kerry told French president Francois Hollande that the U.S. says shares France's pain, which spawned this cumbersome embrace. "Strictly Come Awkward," quips freelance writer Penny Haw. "Kiss me you fool," captions Lester Kiewit with eNews Channel Africa. Lester Kiewit at City Press dubs it "The penguin shuffle."
Required reading on debates of the day: "Why French Law Treats Dieudonné and Charlie Hebdo Differently." Far less well received, however, is former British prime minister Tony Blair's claim that force is necessary in struggle against that a "substantial minority" of Muslims who supposedly support terrorism. His words, not ours. "Apparently having lost none of his zeal for remedial violence in the Arab world, Tony Blair huddles with GOP," tweets Tony Karon with Al Jazeera America. At the same time, the FBI criticizes the NY Times on its anonymous Al-Qaeda source even as former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice testifies on urging the Times to not run articles. Elsewhere in media scandal, Leslie Roberts resigns from the Global News in wake of internal investigation.
In politics, Peggy Noonan pleads "Don’t Do It, Mr. Romney." Starting today, the U.S. will ease decades-old rules on travel to Cuba. In a recent poll, 77% to 17% New York voters say the police union's claim Mayor Bill de Blasio had blood on his hands is too extreme. A school for LGBT pupils is planned for Manchester. "Support the intention but there's something sad about it - we can't change society so we have to [separate] gay childen," reflects Louise Ridley with HuffPost UK.
Other trending reads include the Green Bay Packers' weirdly delightful obsession with The Settlers of Catan. More than a decade after it launches, the prodigal lost Beagle2 has been found "intact" on Mars. A homeless man was found impaled in London's Kensington, but who was he and why did he die? Finally, we don't even know what to do with this, but here's what it’s like to date your dad.