This Week on the Web brings you your regular Vampire Diaries recaps, Superman giving up his US Citizenship, The Faincee’s expose on our forthcoming bundle of joy, and a whole lot more! Oh, and some NAVY SEALs have an important announcement…
Osama Bin Laden is dead: A team of Navy SEALs, in an operation conducted by the CIA, raided Bin Laden’s Pakistani compound and shot him dead. DNA confirmation is underway. Photographic evidence is unlikely to be released, because the entire Middle East would light itself on fire.
Details of the attack: “Details” in air quotes; understandably, the military is hesitant to release too many specifics.
Bin Laden raid was live-blogged, and the blogger didn’t even know it: “Go away helicopter – before I take out my giant swatter :-/”
The Vampire Diaries – S02E20 – The Last Day: My recap.
‘The Vampire Diaries’ recap: Damon reaches his screw-up quota on ‘The Last Day’: Carina Adly MacKenzie’s recap. (follow on Twitter)
Vampire Diaries. I’m surrounded by idiots, need all the help I can get.: Off Color TV’s recap. (follow on Twitter)
Vampire Diaries and Supernatural renewed by the CW: @julieplec: “Yes, it’s official! Season 3 is happening. Thank you all for your love and support!”
4 stunning pics of Smallville’s Superman suit: It’s been ten years and they’re just now getting Clark into the suit. Jeeze.
Superman renounces US Citizenship: Ignoring the epic clusterfuck of nerdwank and conservative frothing this is going to cause, this story is a perfect illustration of why it’s dumb to try and tie comic books to real-world events. In-story, this whole thing started because Superman went and “silently protested” with people demanding democracy in the Middle East. If Superman was real, he wouldn’t have “silently protested”, he would have torn tanks apart with his bare hands, and the Middle East would be short several dictators. But since they want the DC Universe to reflect ours, they need to leave those dictators in place, which means Superman has to be… not very super.
More Twilight books coming: Meyer is currently writing a book about mermaids – expected to clock in at 1,000 pages – but has also hinted at revisiting the “relationship” (and by “relationship”, I mean “pedophilia”) between Jacob and Renesme.
Dinosaurs turns twenty years old: That would be the tv show, not the giant lizards. Everyone knows the giant lizards are six thousand years old.
The nursery: The Fiancee’s expose on our forthcoming bundle of joy.
Stay in your lane!: I would love it if the DoT did this in my city.
Rules for Golfing during the Blitz: God, I love the British. These “temporary rules”, posted during World War II, include a warning that unexploded bombs have been marked as best as possible, but that players are ultimately responsible for their own safety.
Bunny chewing with its mouth open: Your weekly dose of squee (via AJ Wiswell)
US Department of Energy fund five game-changing energy projects: You can tell that these are government projects by the force-clever acronyms. Anyway, some of these – particularly the petroleum replacements – look good. (via Slashdot)
World’s last typewriter factory shuts down: I’m honestly kind of surprised computers are so pervasive in the developing world. Progress marches on, I suppose.
Nintendo announces Wii successor, tells us nothing about it: Rumors are that this will be more powerful than the Playstation III, support 1080p, motion capture, touchscreen controls, make you coffee, and call in sick for you when the new Zelda is released. (via Slashdot)
Obama roasts Trump at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner: This was a fantastic opening salvo: “go ahead and run for President… and I will fucking destroy you.”
The Democrats’ secret budget weapon: Jesus: I’m glad that people are finally starting to call Evangelical Christianity on their hypocrisy; the platform of the Republican party has almost nothing in common with the god they claim to follow. (via Roger Ebert)
Obama is an early-90s Republican: Three of Obama’s major policies – Cap and Trade, Individual Mandate Health Care, and Tax Increases – were all advocated by the Republican party in the 90s. (via PZ Myers)
The best way to remain a superpower is to stop relying on the military so much: Choice quote: “We have to recognize that fixing America’s fiscal problems… are the best strategies to stay a superpower, not going around killing a few tribal leaders in the remote valleys and hills of Afghanistan.”
William Lane Craig: Killing babies for God is a perfectly reasonable, justified action: This is one of the reasons religion is terrifying; not just because its based on myth, but because those myths can be used to justify terrible atrocities.