May 02, 2011


Since I have a day off today, I thought I'd do everyone a favour and select the most important pieces of bin Laden coverage.

From The Columbia Daily Tribune (Columbia, Missouri): A complex wine for a complex world:
I knew it was more than rumor when New York Times assistant managing editor tweeted, “NYT reporting now that the White House says Bin Laden is dead.”

Celebrations started instantly.… It was certainly an event to be noted.

I decided to note it with a 1982 Château Prieuré-Lichine Bordeaux from Margaux.…

Sure, opening this dark garnet wine doesn’t seem as American as popping the top off a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, but the oaky, earthy and berry-filled liquid was certainly more complex. Osama bin Laden’s death was a complicated happening, it provided closure for some and gave others reason to celebrate but with both tempered by uneasiness about the future. The wine is more complex, like the world we live in and more complex like the problems we face.

From Bin Laden death prompts warning for Canadians abroad
The federal government is warning Canadians abroad to avoid public gatherings or protests that may turn violent in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death at the hands of U.S. forces.
Also, make sure you have your Canadian flag patches sewn onto your backpacks.

From NBC Bay Area: Dead or Alive, Bin Laden Can Hurt Your PC
Osama Bin Laden may be dead but cyber terrorists are not.…

Malware related to bin Laden's death began surfacing on the web within hours of President Barack Obama's announcement Sunday evening.
On the NBC Bay Area website you can also read their other top story — "Dramatic Hair Transformations: Scarlett Johansson Goes Red" — and answer a survey asking whether the news about bin Laden makes you feel "Sad", "Thrilled", "Bored", "Furious", "Intrigued", or, surrealist answer number six, "Laughing". ("I feel laughing!")

From The Washington Post: How to talk to kids about Osama bin Laden
The killing of Osama bin Laden was celebrated in loud, spontaneous celebrations last night and this morning across front pages and on the morning news. Meanwhile, many children are bewildered.
So: calm, mature conversation = good. Strobe lights and rubber Osama masks = bad.

From WBUR Boston: In Boston, Hundreds Gather After News Of Bin Laden's Death
Norm Lang heard the news at work. He was cooking at a restaurant in Kenmore Square when a coworker busted through the swinging doors of the kitchen.

“He come running in the back (sic), he’s like: ‘Yo, they got him! They got him! Found Osama dead, man! Obama got Osama.’ And I was like heck yeah,” Lang said.
Lang then did what any normal person would do under the circumstances.
He grabbed a cowbell… he ran out under the Citgo sign and he started ringing it and didn’t stop for 15 minutes.
Don't fear the reaper, man.

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