The concept is simple, nonsensical, and utterly genius. “No food. No water. No clothes,” a booming narrator warns during the opening credits. “Can a man and woman survive alone in the wilderness naked and afraid?” It’s Man vs. Wild, but there’s a man and a woman. And they are, for no reason and every reason, buck naked. Buck naked in the jungles of Costa Rica. Bare-ass in the Tanzanian Serengeti. The goal—and it’s just that, a goal, as there is no prize for completing the mission—is to survive 21 days in the wilderness together. Naked.
Frontpage: Friday, June 8
1. American to Be Al Qaeda No. 2?: Intelligence experts say that al Qaeda has five men with the potential to succeed current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri—and one is a U.S. citizen.
2. U.N.: Civil War ‘Imminent’ in Syria: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday that civil war in Syria is “imminent” as Syrian government troops blocked unarmed United Nations monitors from investigating a massacre in the small town of Qubeir—and even firing on them.
3. Obama Takes on Sluggish Economy: In a statement Friday morning President Obama blamed an intractable Congress for scuttling the “bipartisan” jobs plan he sent them last year, and said that he urges legislators to reconsider.
4. Cameron to Testify in Hacking Inquiry: British Prime Minister David Cameron will give evidence next Thursday at the Leveson Inquiry into the country’s media ethics.
5. Algae Blooms Under Polar Ice: Scientists in an international team said they have recorded the most intense algae bloom ever—and it was under the polar ice caps in the Arctic last summer.
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Here’s Hamlet the Pig coming down the stairs to have some breakfast. Happy Friday!
Frontpage: Thursday, June 7th
- U.N. to Discuss Syria Massacre: Following reports of a fresh massacre by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, U.N. special envoy Kofi Annan will meet Thursday with the Security Council and the General Assembly about the growing crackdown in Syria
- Panetta: ‘Reaching Limits of Patience’:The U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that the U.S. is “reaching limits of patience as far as Pakistan is concerned.”
- China Cuts Interest Rates: China’s central bank announced a rate cut Thursday that will trim a quarter of a percent off its rate for deposits and loans.
- Testing Could Spot Disorders in Fetuses: A team of researchers revealed that testing for 3,500 genetic disorders an unborn child could carry can be discovered by taking a blood sample of a woman 18 weeks pregnant and a swab of saliva from the father.
- Romney Campaign Misspells Reagan: Mitt Romney’s campaign misspelled the name of one of the Republican party’s most-revered figures, Ronald Reagan.
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, center, holds his first cabinet meeting at the state Capitol on Wednesday after he beat Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a recall election.