Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Nov 8, 2013
November 8, 2013
25 years ago, the Elvis Presley Mastercard came out (1988).
Go to Google search today and you'll see a cartoon memorializing what would have been HERMANN RORSCHACH's 129th birthday. Hermann was the guy who invented those "ink blot" cards given to psychological patients by their shrinks, where they're supposed to tell them what they see in the inkblot.
Of course, the more bizarre answers would supposedly reveal the hidden facets of people's personalities.
Those @$#%* Foreigners:
Is Saudi Arabia about to join the nuclear weapons club? Sources tell the BBC that the Saudis have now invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, with the possibility of obtaining nuclear arms.
The goal might be to deploy a nuclear weapon before Iran does. A senior NATO official also said earlier this year that nuclear weapons made in Pakistan on behalf of Saudi Arabia are now sitting ready for delivery. (Pacelli)
A massive typhoon packing winds approaching 200 mph and called one of the most powerful storms ever recorded blasted into the Philippines yesterday. Within minutes of making landfall, it had killed two people, downed trees, knocked out power and caused widespread flooding.
The super typhoon Haiyan carried sustained winds of 190 mph and staggering gusts of 235 mph. People were reporting that the rain is "falling" completely horizontal, parallel to the ground. Residents are already posting videos and a stunning view of the storm from space gives you an idea of its size.
Only three other storms since 1969 have reached this intensity. (Maiman)
Celebrity tattoo artist KAT VON D has had the lipstick from her Sephora make-up line pulled off the market. The reason: it was called "Celebutard." Which is a good enough reason by itself. But NY Magazine says it really caused an uproar when an ad for the lipstick appeared on a blog for parents of kids with special needs. The backlash against Sephora gained added attention when "Glee" actress LAUREN POTTER got involved.Potter has Down syndrome and is an activist for people with developmental disabilities. Sephora has apologized and said they've "ceased sale" of the lipstick both in stores and online. (Bartha)
One toke over the line, dep't:
A woman in Hollywood, Florida allegedly called 9-1-1 to report that there were drunk people in a bar.
Cops say 58-year-old MARY JAGGERS phoned dispatchers six times to report intoxicated people at Artie's Sportsman Lounge. Jaggers reportedly asked for all the bar patrons to be arrested. Officers charged her with misusing 911. And, police say when they discovered hydrocodone in her possession, they also charged her with drug possession. (Still)
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