Presidential campaign seasons have a knack for exposing the worst in people, and when one of the candidates is African American, certain members of his opposition are sometimes prone to express themselves in the ugliest of terms. Now, thanks to the proliferation of social media, it’s hard for the ugliness to remain hidden.
Yesterday, one of my Facebook friends posted this image, of a car bearing a bumper sticker that reads: “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012″, and features the Obama logo with the circle-and-line-through-it symbol superimposed. The photo has gone viral.
…Amid speculation that the image had actually been photoshopped by liberals looking to cry “racism!”, the folks at Snopes did some good, old-fashioned internet snooping, and found several sites where the bumper sticker and other items featuring the slogan are being sold. (Hat tip to Geoff Harper — an outstanding jazz musician, by the way — for the Snopes link.)
[alternet/Adele M. Stan/16 mar 2012]
dtjohnson writes: “Iran is being deleted from the world banking system Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) computers as of Saturday at 1600 UTC. Once the SWIFT codes for Iranian banks are deleted, Iranian banks will no longer be able to transfer funds to and from other worldwide banks, turning Iranian international commerce into a barter operation. SWIFT is taking the action at the request of EU members to comply with international sanctions against Iran due to its program to develop nuclear weapons. The effect will be to drastically hinder Iran’s ability to execute international business transactions.”
[slashdot.org/Soulskill/16 Mar 2012]
DP Road open after HAZMAT situation on Los Alamos property:
With sirens blaring, emergency management vehicles raced down DP Road Wednesday, responding to a Hazmat situation at Enclosure 12 in TA-21. For two hours, DP Road was closed as the LANL Hazmat team, Los Alamos Fire and Police Department and FEMA assessed the situation. Most of DP Road was reopened around 1:45 p.m. as LAPD decreased its perimeter. Capt. Randy Foster said the initial call came into dispatch at 11:53 a.m. The road was closed east of 272 DP Road until the all-clear from the LANL Hazmat teams came in Wednesday evening. The situation has been categorized as a “non-emergency significant event” by the laboratory… Police said a voluntary evacuation was taking place on DP Road. Police said for those who are working on DP Road to remain inside if they chose to stay. Businesses along DP Road still were waiting for an all-clear signal as of 7:30 p.m. An automated 911 call was received at the Los Alamos Monitor at 1:05 p.m. advising all people on DP Road to shelter in place until the all-clear signal is sounded.
[/legitgov/14 mar 2012]