Sadly, there’s usually no shortage of candidates in the category of “news that makes you want to give up.”
· An Egyptian scholar is calling for the death penalty for people who import a device that allows women to fake virginity on their wedding night. (BBC)
· It takes a lot to claim the title of “stupidest poll on Facebook.” But a quiz asking whether Barack Obama should be assassinated wins easily. (TPM) The Secret Service is investigating. (AP)
· A teenage boy — who would have guessed? — has been arrested in the duct-taping of a cat, which was then put it in a shopping bag, and left it in a neighbor’s back yard. (PennLive.com)
About the blogger
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
NewsCut is a blog featuring observations about the news. It provides a forum for an online discussion and debate about events that might not typically make the front page. NewsCut posts are not news stories.