This week has seen power failure, Olympian kerfuffles, and a trend of violence and oppression both at home and abroad.
-The increasing violence in Syria leads to an attack on an airport near Aleppo.
-India experiences a massive blackout due to a grid failure, leaving 600 million people powerless for nearly three days.
-Facebook stock slides, causing general confusion. A world in which Facebook needs advertising is a different world indeed.
-Science tentatively inches–and we mean inches–closer to an AIDS cure.
-As the Chick-fil-A battle continues to rage, bizarre support is garnered, and comment takes increasingly passionate avenues of attack–not to say compassionate. What will this mean for corporate hypocrisy everywhere? The answer, at the present date, is inconclusive. But the fact that America can get its panties so fully in a bunch over fried chicken is a spiriting development.
-Romney continues to take heat for his comments about the Olympics and Israel (respectively). The fun comes in guessing what cultural hotpoint his wrong opinions will land upon next: Kimye? The Breaking Bad finale?
-The Olympics become embarrassing. Both due to the bloated stature of the opening awards ceremony, featuring a Mr. Bean-inflected chase scene and a largescale Voldemort, and the pretty fair supposition that the internet is set to ruin all live events. Harpers‘ Rafil Kroll-Zaidi weighs in at the Paris Review Daily.
-In the ongoing case of Putin vs. Pussy Riot, it’s not clear who’s winning. The Russian president took the members of the punk band to court over an incident this February, where Pussy Riot led an anti-Putin protest in Moscow’s main cathedral. The band has been jailed, and are said to be suffering abuse in the form of food and sleep deprivation.