Nov

19

Bwoglines: Coup D’etat Edition

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I’m sure Robert Mugabe doesn’t look quite so bored after the week he’s had.

Happening in the World: After a military coup last week to stop Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe from installing his wife as his successor, the ruling party, Zanu-PF, has given Mugabe until Monday to resign or face impeachment. His former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe fired two weeks ago, has been appointed in his place. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Co-founder of AC/DC, Malcolm Young, passed away yesterday at the age of 64. The songwriter and guitarist had suffered from dementia for several years, according to a statement from his family. AC/DC, which Young found with his brother Angus, is still wildly popular  selling more than 72 million albums in the United States and giving a wildly successful “Rock or Bust” world tour in 2016. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: 2 senior officials in the New York Housing Authority have resigned after a scandal involving lead paint. The city’s Investigation Department found that the authority’s chairwoman, Shola Olatoye, knew that inspectors were not checking apartments for lead paint but still signed off on their reports anyway. Mayor De Blasio has jumped to her defense and it has been announced that a new department will be established to ensure compliance with regulations. (NY Times)

Happening on Campus: The Columbia University Wind Ensemble will be holding their fall concert, Childlike Wonder, at 1 pm today in Roone Auditorium. Come listen to a diverse range of selections, including Fantasy on the Theme by Sousa and the US premiere of Dylan’s Song. Check out the Facebook event and be sure to stop by; it’s free with your CUID! 

Word(s) of the Day: Strč prst skrz krk: A Czech and Slovak tongue twister that means “stick a finger through the throat” and more importantly, contains no vowels.

I think I make that same face in my 8:40 lecture via Wikimedia Commons

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