It has been a week.
Various major world leaders gathered in Paris to stand in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo, which is interesting, since most of those world leaders are well-known for prosecuting journalists and the free press. President Obama was not one of the world leaders who went to Paris, which is a shame, but given that in the United States is ranked 46th in the Press Freedom Index (13 places below the UK, a government which recently sent agents into the offices of the Guardian and forced them to destroy files they were using to report on NSA and GCHQ abuses. We are also below Romania, South Africa, Australia of “censoring the Internet” fame, and quite a lot of post-Soviet countries, for the record) this may be for the best wrt: hypocrisy.
David Cameron returned from Paris and promptly announced that he would like to ban encryption, because UK citizens being able to communicate without their government being able to see what they say will allow the “fanatical death cult of Islamist extremist violence” to take over the world. However, he does not want to raise the terrorism threat level from “severe” to “critical”; that would be an overreaction.
The Oscar nominations are the whitest they have been since 1998.
Fred Armisen of Portlandia, Brie Larson of Short Term 12, Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Andy Samberg of Brooklyn 99, Natasha Lyonne of Orange is the New Black, Ellen Page of my lesbian dreams, and various other people who I love very deeply have all come together in the name of Sleater-Kinney, which I think is a cause we can all rally behind.
The video is below; here’s hoping it brightens up your day as much as it brightened up mine.