Claims of coup d’etat

The FMLN government in El Salvador is making claims that elements on the right are attempting to foment a coup to destabilize and overthrow the government.  Describing it as “obscure groups” advancing a “black hand strategy,”  the FMLN asserts that these anti-government plots are being advanced through social networks.   They described it as an attempt to foment a “soft coup” and not necessarily a violent overthrow using the armed forces.

The right wing ARENA party has reacted angrily to the accusations and demanded that the government show its proof of any plan against the government.   To date, the government has not publicly shown any proof.

I am no fan of the right wing parties in El Salvador.    But it seems to me that talk of coups is a pretty transparent attempt by the FMLN to rally the party faithful at a time when the government’s popularity is slipping because of its failure to address the public security problems in the country.  

The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud – The New York Times

A publisher that cared about Harper Lee’s legacy would have taken those words to heart, and declined to publish “Go Set a Watchman,” the good idea that Lee eventually transformed into a gem.That HarperCollins decided instead to manufacture a phony literary event isn’t surprising. It’s just sad.

via The Harper Lee ‘Go Set a Watchman’ Fraud – The New York Times.

Louisiana Gov. – not time to talk about guns now????

Gov. Bobby Jindal said “now is not the time” to discuss gun control, despite repeated questions Friday outside the movie theater where a right-wing extremist killed two people and wounded nine others before killing himself.

A state lawmaker used the same forum earlier Friday to say that the killings should start a national conversation about gun control and the need to keep weapons out of the hands of people who are mentally ill. Police said John Russell Houser was able to legally purchase the semi-automatic handgun at an Alabama pawn shop despite a history of mental illness and an arson arrest.

via News from The Associated Press.

“I graduated college early because I was eager to get into the…

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“I graduated college early because I was eager to get into the real world, but the job search is tougher than I imagined. I think people are afraid to hire me because I’m young. I’ve probably applied to over two hundred jobs. I’ve found that for every ten applications, I get one call back. And for every five call backs, I get one in-person interview. I’ve had seven of those so far.”
“Do you wish you hadn’t graduated early?”
“I try not to think about it. I could apply to ten more jobs in the time I spent thinking about that.”

via “I graduated college early because I was eager to get into the….

‘Killer’ seagulls top the pecking order for a media frenzy | Environment | The Guardian

They have attacked pensioners, children, dogs, even a tortoise. They have stolen countless chips, Cornish pasties and doughnuts from unwary holidaymakers. The tabloids (and broadsheets) have branded them killers, and even the prime minister has been drawn into the debate over what is to be done. It truly has been the year of the gull.

The latest attacks in Cornwall, south-west England – which appears to be the hotspot for attacks this summer – have left a 66-year-old woman needing hospital treatment and a four-year-old boy traumatised after his finger was savaged.

via ‘Killer’ seagulls top the pecking order for a media frenzy | Environment | The Guardian.