Noteworthy News – January 28, 2009


January 28, 2009


You may remember from my last Noteworthy News that I talked about how foreign journalists risk their lives by simply doing their jobs. Well, apparently one of the most dangerous place to be a journalist these days is in Russia. On January 19th prominent attorney Stanislav Markelov, 34, who represented the Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazeta in various trials, and Anastasia Baburova, 25, who wrote about Russian fascists for the paper were murdered. Spiegel Online International recently reported:

With the exception of countries like Iraq where conditions approach those of a civil war at times, nowhere is the life of a journalist more dangerous than in Russia. And none of the country’s 14,000 newspapers has had more victims of violence than Novaya Gazeta.

The newspaper has exposed corruption and the notorious infiltration of government law enforcement organizations by criminal groups. Its reporters have denounced human rights violations in the Caucasus and growing xenophobia. The individuals who contracted last week’s double murder likely stem from the milieus of military or intelligence officials, right-wing extremists, Chechens or possibly government bureaucrats whose illicit sources of income are threatened by the newspaper’s investigative reporting.

The article goes on to say that the Novaya Gazeta wants to arm its journalists with pistols. Who would have thought writers would have to go to such extremes?

read_poster_15_19 It is no secret that our new President is a reader – but have you read this article about what books influenced him? The author of the article writes (in part):

[…] his appreciation of the magic of language and his ardent love of reading have not only endowed him with a rare ability to communicate his ideas to millions of Americans while contextualizing complex ideas about race and religion, they have also shaped his sense of who he is and his apprehension of the world.

bouheadshot20001 Do you see that gorgeous fur coat which Caribou sports? Her undercoat floats around my house and covers my carpets…so you can imagine my interest in this article about knitting sweaters from your pet’s fur. Does anyone know how to spin yarn? I don’t, but I’m willing to learn!

Have you found anything interesting in the news lately? If so, drop me a comment with a link!

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    • Megan on January 28, 2009 at 09:37

    Hmmm, I guess maybe I can see the practical aspects of knitting sweaters from your pet’s fur, but deep down inside I think it’s…well…really creepy. I love my dog quite a bit, but I still think I’d feel a bit weird “wearing” him. LOL!

    • Sand on January 28, 2009 at 10:38

    There you go, my friend:

    I’ll start packing up Howie’s undercoat when I sweep and you’ll have enough for a set of blankets in no time!

  1. I love this new feature of yours Wendy! And what a beautiful photo of ‘Bou.

  2. that is absolutely horrible news of the reporters!!!

    Love the Obama READ poster…gotta get that for my library!!!

    Your dog is gorgeous and I’m sure you could knit some great blankies from his fur but I have no idea how you would go about it!!!

    • Myrthe on January 28, 2009 at 23:25

    Lol! I am glad I am not the only one with hairy pets! I am always joking that the hair one of my cats sheds around the house is enough to fill a nice, soft, comfy pillow with!

    • Marny on January 29, 2009 at 05:36

    Noteworthy News: You’ve got an award –

    • Wendy on January 29, 2009 at 09:22

    Megan: The way I look at it is…I am already wearing my dog’s fur, but it is not organized into a sweater 🙂

    Sand: Thank you! *laughing*

    Terri: Thanks! I love that photo of Miss Bou too 🙂

    Staci: I was a bit sickened by the deal in Russia. I agree about the Obama poster 🙂 I don’t really know how to go about getting dog fur made into yarn either – but it is a tempting thing!

    Myrthe: LOL – I know what you mean. I always tell people if they don’t like dog food in their food not to come to dinner at my house – I know – YUCK!

    Marny: THANK YOU!! That is very sweet!

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