Over Easy: Around the World

Welcome to Thursday’s Over Easy, a continuation of Southern Dragon’s Lakeside Diner and its tradition of giving an overview of news our everyday media doesn’t cover, issues that we ought to consider outside the U.S. scene.

A raid by Swiss justice officers on the Zurich headquarters of FIFA, worldwide governing body of the sport the U.S. calls soccer, kicked off a corruption crackdown that has been assisted by Charles Blazer, the former head of Concacaf, working undercover..

Amid the U.S. indictments released Wednesday, Swiss authorities indicated that they were separately investigating the processes by which the 2018 and 2022 World Cup host country sites were secured. The United States narrowly lost out on hosting the latter competition to Qatar, whose securing of the tournament has been overshadowed by concerns over alleged human rights abuses of its migrant labor force.

According to SIU law professor Dervan, part of the reason the DOJ may have launched its investigation into FIFA is because of the widely held belief that corruption influenced the body’s decision to award Qatar the World Cup — thus negatively impacting U.S. commerce and legal norms.

Representatives of the two tribes with members  in the legislative body, Penobscots and Passamaquoddies, withdrew from the Maine legislature as a protest of state attitudes injurious to the tribes’ interests.

As Dana and Mitchell were leaving, a number of lawmakers accompanied them and joined a protest held in the statehouse courtyard.

“The Passamaquoddy and Penobscot people will always have a place in the Maine House,” said House speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick.

”I hope they will reclaim their seats,” he added without elaborating how it may come about.

Technology that can meddle with the DNA of human embryos has been opposed by world bodies that are concerned about its implication for the future of the species.

The technique allows researchers to artificially insert or remove parts of the DNA.

Nascent work in the field has already led to fierce patent battles between start-up companies and universities that say it could prove as profitable and revolutionary as recombinant DNA technology, which was developed in the 1970s and 1980s and launched the biotechnology industry.

But CRISPR has also brought ethical concerns. Use of the technology provoked strong criticism from some scientists last month, after it was employed in China to alter the DNA of human embryos.


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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.


  1. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 7:05 am

    morning, hope you are all safe and well. I encountered some folks yesterday who saw my TX plates and asked if I’m a refugee.
    Guess I am.

  2. Rachel
    May 28, 2015 at 7:24 am

    Good morning Ruth! On FIFA, makes you wonder about the priorities of the US government, given the rampant corruption in so many other sectors. Sure makes it look like a ‘follow the money’ thing.

    FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup in United States

    Texoma update: Tornadoes in/near Denison and Sherman over weekend. Lightning struck the pump at Red River water company, knocking out our water for a day. Hagerman closed indefinitely. Lake Texoma over the spillway.

    Thank you for putting OE up early. Do we need a volunteer for Friday (tomorrow) AM? Very sorry- the last time I did volunteer, we had sporadic internet service via satellite. That is resolved for the time being. Let us know!

  3. Rachel
    May 28, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Oops, that title is actually a link! I forgot to bold it, very sorry.

  4. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 7:43 am

    Sorry you’re having troubles with flooding, hey, usually we have drought! BoxTurtle said something about taking Friday this week, but thanks!
    Like you, I have OE scheduled early, and find that people are just ready to say hi and no longer have attaturk’s post for that – so might as well fill in. Also, we both are early risers.

  5. Boxturtle
    May 28, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Good Morning All!

    Part of me wants to dance at the FIFA indictments, but another part of me says “They were only indicted because they were hurting large corporations, not because they were hurting the fans”. Am I the only one who thinks that if US corporations weren’t being hurt, nothing would have happened?

    CRISPR does have ethical implications. But it also promises the hope of stopping diseases like sickle cell anemia, “bubble boy”, certain types of Diabetes, Downs Syndrome and others a thing of the past. The fear of “supermen” is exaggerated, we have some of those now. They achieved it by exercise and/or study (brain exercise), not by genetics. Nevertheless, I suspect that rich people buying genes for their unborn children is coming.

    Boxturtle (In capitalism, man exploits man. In socilaism, it is the exact opposite)

  6. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Comments to the effect that it’s corporate U.S. searching for higher profit are in the article, too. Yep, the fans ought all to enjoy Qatar soccer games in 120F.

  7. Boxturtle
    May 28, 2015 at 8:00 am

    I’ll take Friday, if nobody else wants it.

    FIFA isn’t going to be making many substantial announcements for awhile.e Their currently not indicted president is currently in hiding and has skipped three key speeches so far. I wonder if he’s already in Paraguay.

    One of my friends was told to evac yesterday. They were told their house WOULD be under water not later than dinner time today.

    Boxturtle (And it’s STILL getting worse)

  8. Boxturtle
    May 28, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Yeah, I got Friday. Not sure what I’ll babble about yet. Maybe I’ll get lucky and Miley will twerk again or something.

    Boxturtle (Possible Headline: Over Easy – Nothing to See here, Citizens!)

  9. Boxturtle
    May 28, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Are you fleeing flooding or fleeing teh crazy stupid?

    Boxturtle (Hey, it’s a reasonable question to ask a fleeing Texan!)

  10. Boxturtle
    May 28, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Mother Nature can’t be bribed. That’s gotta annoy Qatar.

    I don’t understand the interest in hosting the games. Every country that has done so has lost a lot of money and ended up with some true white elephants. Of course, the corporations that donate to the politicians have done well, so perhaps the hit on the taxpayers is just something we’ll have to endure.

    Boxturtle (Imagine the players trying to play in that heat. Or practice)

  11. Marion in Savannah
    May 28, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Good morning, pups. Today we have Blow, Cohen, Kristof and Collins. In “The Rise of Social Liberalism and G.O.P. Resistance” Mr. Blow says as the nation’s views evolve, Republican presidential candidates remain stuck trying to out-conservative one another for the sake of primary voters. Mr. Cohen, in “Sepp Blatter’s FIFA Reign of Shame,” says that to conclude Blatter should quit feels so obvious it’s not worth saying. But he’s so thick-skinned it’s worth saying twice. Mr. Kristof considers “Polluted Political Games” and says here’s what can be done to bring the dark money of politics into the sunlight in time for the 2016 elections. Ms. Collins says “Let’s Do Some Railing” and that one person’s waste is another person’s ride home.

    HERE they are, and

    HERE’s Krugman’s blog.

    The coffee and tea are ready, and I’ve got a variety of bagels with cream cheese this morning. Is it a full moon? The kitten (well, she’s a year and a half old now but still acts like a kitten) is tearing around the house like here tail is on fire. She’s usually irrepressible, but this is just NUTS! The other cats are looking on, from the high ground. Have a great day.

  12. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 8:22 am


  13. Beverly Lawson
    May 28, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Good Morning All, we are getting more warnings for rain, maybe including hail a bit later…..we are soaked. What is Hagerman?

  14. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Any stadium building is for the enrichment of the builders, no benefits trickle down. And playing in that heat could be dangerous, it should not be happening.

  15. Marion in Savannah
    May 28, 2015 at 8:24 am

    I’m sure there’s some juicy snark to be found in the Clown Car. Santorum stains all over it now…

  16. Boxturtle
    May 28, 2015 at 8:28 am

    You’re not allowed to say Santorum without saying Frothy Mixture. The google bomb remains!

    Boxturtle (Google Frothy Mixture, Santorum is still the first response)

  17. Marion in Savannah
    May 28, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I thought that was just taken as a given now — hence the stains. [EWWW]

  18. Beverly Lawson
    May 28, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Thanks, Ill be curious what Kristof has to say. And thanks for the kitten report…looks like they are having fun. Gotta love it…..

  19. Chris Maukonen
    May 28, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Looks like TX and OK are in for it again.

  20. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Hagerman Wildlife Refuge, lovely place, see pic.

  21. Beverly Lawson
    May 28, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Thanks….flooding threats in Houston….looks messy.

  22. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 8:44 am

    thanks, Marion, Blow is badly named, he is usually always sound – and would that the voters would just walk away from the ratwing.

  23. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 8:45 am

    thanks, love for you to do Friday.
    Evacuate, refugees! it’s not the end to drought we have in mind.

  24. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

    The stationary front usually comes around in July, holding in a heat dome. This year it’s floods. Next maybe it will be locusts?

  25. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Just a hint, I am having to refresh to get all the comments. Disqus a bit messed up today.

  26. Marion in Savannah
    May 28, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for the tip. I was getting notification of some, but when I refreshed there were lots more. Thanks, Disqus…

  27. Beverly Lawson
    May 28, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Is this the Denison area? Thanks for the pic

  28. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

    yes, about 15 minutes drive from where I lived in Sherman

  29. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:07 am

    via Marion, Krugman on demands of Greece from EU;

    ‘Reform overreach, the attempt to link crisis resolution to some kind of universal fix, is a good way to turn a manageable crisis into an irreversible rupture.’

  30. Chris Maukonen
    May 28, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Na…the locusts usually hang around Washington DC all year. 🙂

  31. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:14 am

    The same is happening at eschatonblog, so definitely a Disqus system problem.

  32. Istherenonamethatdoesntexist
    May 28, 2015 at 9:15 am

    “climate change is real.”
    “climate change will mean more extreme storms,”
    “rise in climate-change refugees”

  33. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Okies return from CA?

  34. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:36 am

    The entire West wishes they would.

  35. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    The devil is in the details. Like our temps at the moment;

    ‘66.6 °F

    Feels Like 66.6 °F’

  36. May 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Good Morning.

    Here’s the N.W.R where I live, about 20 miles away across the Columbia in WA.!/portfolio/C0000T15oFk6ESPs/G0000XZYUvr6sSY4

    Disqus refreshing here ok.

  37. May 28, 2015 at 9:43 am

    56.6°F here this morning. Up to about 85 today. Fans already running to cool the 2nd floor where we sleep and work. The computers add a heat load.

  38. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:46 am

    nice, and near here there are goslings aplenty. They crossed the road a few days ago and all the cars stopped, waited.

  39. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I have seen that the cloud uses home computers, you can sign up for it and heat the house with the spare warmth.

  40. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:54 am

    It’s sickening that the organization supposed to manage this sport would not care what happens to the players.

  41. Alice X
    May 28, 2015 at 9:55 am

    In capitalism, man exploits man. In socilaism, it is the exact opposite

    That is a paraphrase of John Kenneth Galbraith, his term was not socialism but communism, the pretend kind practiced by the Soviet Union, which was neither socialist nor communist. Whatever they were, it was totalitarian. In the good old U$A it is Inverted Totalitarianism

  42. May 28, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Now that’s scary! My images on someone else’s computer?

    The web host uses the cloud.AFAIK.

  43. Molly
    May 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Good morning, pups! Sunny here today and going up to 80s, so it feels like summer finally is here.

    Fascinating (long) piece by Matt Taibbi you all might be interested in reading. As good as his articles about Wall Street, but completely different topic, obviously.

    Why Baltimore Blew Up

    Thanks for taking Friday, BT. How is your wife? Is the pain pump full and working? Must be such a relief!

  44. Ruth
    May 28, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Off to the garden now, morning is the best time there.
    Flowers already on some of our tomato plants.

  45. May 28, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Hi Molly,

    How’s the music project going?

  46. May 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    A clever use of the Periodic Table for designers. Click on it.

  47. Molly
    May 28, 2015 at 10:11 am

    That’s cool, Lawrence!

  48. Boxturtle
    May 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

    It’ll be a couple of months before we can get the first fill. They have to be sure the operation has healed and there’s no rejection of the pump.

    I’m still playing things day to day, not planning anything more than 24 hours or so out.

    Boxturtle (But then i was never good at planning anyway, so no loss)

  49. May 28, 2015 at 10:30 am

    The idea is to take each element and mix it with others, coming up with unique solutions to desgn problems.

  50. May 28, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Qatar really look depressing. Smog to meet or beat the worst I’ve seen in Chicago in the days of uncontrolled emissions.

  51. Alice X
    May 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

    For the 1,200 dead migrant workers in Qatar, smog is no longer a concern.

    Since the advent of the EPA our emissions have been exported along with the jobs that produced them.

    In Capitalism the cost of such environmental and social damage is not considered.

    Only the profits matter.

    When we make some social progress here the Capitalists take the money and run.

    Now we mourn the dozen or so climate related deaths in Texas. In India more than a thousand have died where temps are reaching 120*.

  52. Rachel
    May 28, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you Boxturtle, looking forward to it!

  53. Rachel
    May 28, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    OMG, I love the clown car!

    Nick Confessore ‏@nickconfessore 2h2 hours ago

    “Here in Nashua, New Hampshire,” said George Pataki, who was actually in Exeter, New Hampshire.

  54. Rachel
    May 28, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I think he is a straight-up pervert. Seriously. The guy is over-obsessed with sex and he is creepy. Anyway:

    10 Completely Vile Things Rick Santorum Has Said