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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Thanks For Not Smoking, Lightning Strikes, and Seacrest and Lohan to do Reality Show

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:   President Obama is about to sign a landmark anti-smoking bill which will allow the FDA to strictly regulate tobacco products, with bigger warnings, bans on flavoring and "light" products, and a reduction … Read More

By / June 22, 2009

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:

 

  • President Obama is about to sign a landmark anti-smoking bill which will allow the FDA to strictly regulate tobacco products, with bigger warnings, bans on flavoring and "light" products, and a reduction in nicotine. Perhaps these things would have helped Obama in his own struggle to quit smoking.
  • All this rain has not come without consequences: eleven people have died across the country as a result of lightning strikes. a number that’s "unusually high." And just think, the month isn’t even over yet.
  • An Aussie airliner hit severe turbulence on its flight from Hong Kong to Perth, rising and immediately dropping more than 800 feet and injuring at least a dozen passengers. The passengers have all since been treated and released.
  • Two of my favorite people are pairing up to make some kind of nauseating addition to my favorite genre of television: Ryan Seacrest and Lindsay Lohan have a new reality show in the works. Remind me to toss my television out the window the day it hits the air.
  • The North Korean vessel suspected of carrying missiles that the nation has threatened to launch is being tracked closely by the U.S.S. John McCain. Its current location is about 200 miles south of Shanghai.
  • Four teenagers accused of theft in Somalia are facing a rather severe punishment–the amputation of one hand and one leg each, in a flashy show of power by the militant Islamist government. This brings new meaning to the phrase, "it cost an arm and a leg."