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Proud Symbol of Fear Replaced By Wuss Emblem

The world just got a little bit stupider, again - WonketteSince 1939, the Civil Defense logo bravely and solemnly let Americans know which school basements contained bomb shelters and rations, for when the Commies nuked us. It was also a great, simple and effective design with a touch of cold Art Deco that just got better with age.


Obviously, FEMA needed to do its usual fuckup and replace the iconic CD with some 1988 reject logo from the Olympics or a tampon box. Nobody even knows what it's supposed to mean, or where it will be used. If you see this on a sign anywhere, please tear it down and put it in the garbage where it belongs.

Civil Defense Logo Dies at 67, and Some Mourn Its Passing [NYT]

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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