Harper’s Weekly, January 10, 2012

De volta com resumos da semana pela Harper’s. Partes mais importantes (esta semana estava muito boa, então está longo):

“The 2008 Republican nominee, John McCain, endorsed Romney*. ‘I am confident, with the leadership and the backing of the American people, President Obama will turn this country around,’ said McCain. ‘President Romney,’ he then corrected himself. ‘President Romney. President Romney.'”

“During a speech to New Hampshire business leaders, Romney said ‘I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn’t give me the good service I need.’ The U.S. Labor Department revealed that unemployment had fallen in December to 8.5 percent, the lowest level in almost three years,…”

“Officials in Pibor, South Sudan, claimed that 3,141 people had been killed, that 1,293 children had been abducted, and that 375,186 cows had been stolen during an attack by members of the Lou Nuer ethnic group. Asked why only 800 troops were sent to defend Pibor even though it had been clear for two weeks that as many as 8,000 Lou Nuer fighters were marching on the town, South Sudanese army colonel Philip Aguer said, ‘It’s a long story.'”

“The U.S. Army was preparing for the withdrawal from Afghanistan of tens of thousands of vehicles worth $30 billion, including a fleet of custom-made Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, each weighing more than ten tons, taller than a single-story dwelling, and prone to rolling over. ‘We aren’t very good at predicting future wars,’ said a senior military official in Kabul, ‘[but] I’m sure we will use them for something.'”

“Three days after Iran warned an American aircraft carrier that it would employ the ‘full force’ of the Iranian military if the ship tried to re-enter the Persian Gulf, the carrier’s battle group freed 13 Iranian hostages from Somali pirates who had attacked them near where the carrier was floating. ‘These might be the dumbest pirates ever,’ said Rear Admiral Craig S. Faller. ‘I don’t have skills,’ said pirate Mohammed Mahmoud.”

“Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking celebrated his seventieth birthday, confessing that he spent most of the day thinking about women. ‘They are,’ he said, ‘a complete mystery.'”

*Mitt Romney won the first stage of the Republican leadership race

Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle

 

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