So, Vera and I frequently send each other buzzfeed lists. Because yes, it’s relevant to laugh (now across the Atlantic – we are still getting used to being separated by an ocean and many time zones) together.
Some high lights include
(Vera find #4 very relevant. then again, don’t we all? and Sophia feels #( and #11 often describe her day after meetings with officials)
Another beloved list is
it’s funny because it’s true. and we should know – we are not British, but work with them. and some of our best friends are Brits. really!
(not to mention, Sophia was breed on British TV comedy. Ahhh, the life of a European)
In other words – I tend to think of BuzzFeed as a market place of randomness, often tame and self-absorbed but with sparks of excellent wit.
Then from time to time – BAM – hard news! Like this list by Sheera Frenkel
it details the whole complexity in a sassy manner – up to par with for example the New York Times article on the same topic from last week (“Chemical Disarmament Hard Even in Peacetime“, NYT, Sep. 10, 2013)
The BuzzFeed bite-size list in headlines (full text via link above)
We don’t know what kind of chemical weapons they have or how many there are
We don’t know how they are stored.
We don’t know where they are kept.
Syria is currently in the middle of a raging civil war
Destroying chemical weapons costs a lot and takes a long time
Actually destroying the weapons is an incredibly painstaking, technically complex process, involving robots
Given all this, experts disagree whether it’s really possible — or practical — to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles.
good luck to us all 😦 at least we have inforgraphics…