Morning News and Stuff

May 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

Serbian police have arrested former Serbian military commander Ratko Mladic, the highest-ranking war crimes suspect still at large from the Balkan wars of the 1990s. Mladic, 69, is wanted on charges of genocide, extermination and murder by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. The tribunal accuses Mladic of “direct involvement in the genocide committed after the fall of Srebrenica in July 1995,” and the killing of “close to 8,000 men and boys following the fall of this enclave.” The massacre of Muslim men and boys is thought to be the largest individual slaughter in Europe since the end of World War II.—-

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will have a tight-knit security detail when she visits Iowa tonight. Bachmann is scheduled to speak to at a major Republican dinner, and GOP officials in Polk County have requested security to be on high alert after someone posted on Twitter last week that they “just had a pistol in hand n Newt Gingrich was 20 yards away.” In a separate incident, gay rights activist Nick Espinosa dumped a box of glitter on Gingrich while the former House speaker was at an event in Minnesota. "We didn't want what happened to Newt to happen to Michele," Kevin McLaughlin, chairman of the Polk County GOP, told the Des Moines Register. "If we allow some nitwit to come in and dump water on her, that's the story, and the voters and the taxpayers are cheated because they don't hear her message." The Register said that Bachmann didn’t personally request the security and it is unclear which struck more fear into the GOP: the glitter or the Twitter post.

In the first national survey since Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump said they wouldn’t run in 2012, Gallup found that Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin lead the GOP field. Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is the choice of 17 percent of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP while Palin is on 15 percent. Texas Rep. Ron Paul is the only other candidate who gets double-digit support with 10 percent.

ESPN has compiled a list of the 10 most memorable sports interviews that have occured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. “I just want you to know it's just been a pleasure passing through life being acquainted with you.” — Mike Tyson to Evander Holyfield post ear nibble.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s lawyer Marty Singer said yesterday that he denies the tabloid rumors that the former California governor used state funds to cover up his extramarital exploits with housekeeper Mildred Patty Baena. “My client stated from the beginning that he takes full responsibility for his actions and deserves the public and media criticism. This does not entitle some in the media to be totally irresponsible.” Singer also dismissed child actress Gigi Goyette’s claims that she and Schwarzenegger had an affair in the late 80's, saying that Goyette is “a person who wants to make money selling stories.” Goyette told Extra, "Arnold is a very physical and sexual man, with a voracious appetite that likes a lot of physical attention.”

Chinese prisoners were allegedly forced to play World of Warcraft for hours on end as a means of gold farming. No, I’m not making this shit up. The Guardian reports that prisoners in Heilongjiang were not only being forced to do manual labor, but to play the MMO all night. According to former prisoner Liu Dali, “prison bosses made more money forcing inmates to play games than they do forcing people to do manual labor.” He added, “There were 300 prisoners forced to play games, We worked 12-hour shifts in the camp. I heard them say they could earn 5,000-6,000rmb [470-570 Euro] a day. We didn't see any of the money. The computers were never turned off."

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