Couldn’t sleep – some news updates

There’ve been developments in some stories:

1.  Obama Nobel Prize.  This blog joined the chorus condemning the prize givers but that was hardly Obama’s fault.  Now, in the Washington Post, it’s getting ridiculous:

Article I, Section 9, of the Constitution, the Emolument Clause, clearly stipulates: “And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.”

The article goes on to say that he can’t keep the money either, he can’t give it away, etc. etc. Hey, he shouldn’t have been awarded it but having been awarded it, do we want another Fred Goodwin situation where, though he needed to be penalized was used as a scapegoat by Brown and everyone joined in the chorus?

2. The kid in the balloon. Sadly, it’s looking pretty bad for him. Prayers for him and for the parents:

About 6.35am (AEST) the craft touched back down gently, despite fears it would crash forcefully. Rescue teams deflated the balloon, but there was no sign of the boy – named in local media as Falcon Heene – according to local police.

Update on the update:

A six-year-old boy thought to have been carried away by a helium balloon in Colorado was in fact hiding in a box in an attic at home, an official has said. Larimer county sheriff Jim Alderman told reporters that apparently Falcon Heene had “been there the whole time”. Police had been searching for the boy after the balloon came down with no sign of him aboard.

3. Further to the story about Karl Lagerdrinker:

A former Ralph Lauren model whose image in a roundly criticised advertisement was digitally slenderised said that the apparel maker did not renew her contract because she was “too large”.  Polo Ralph Lauren Corp is contending that it dismissed Filippa Hamilton because of a contract dispute and that the photo was mistakenly released.

“They fired me because they said I was overweight and I couldn’t fit in their clothes anymore,” 23-year-old Filippa Hamilton, who worked for the company since she was 15, told the Daily News. She said she considered Polo Ralph Lauren her second family.

4.  Not so much an update as a commentary on something terrible going on:

For a year and a half, Sze was part of a growing social phenomenon among teens in Hong Kong called “compensated dating,” a practice in which a young woman agrees to go on a date with a man for a fee. More often than not, the date involves sex.

Sze said she started compensated dating because many of her classmates at an all-girls school were doing it. She says she became jealous when she saw the designer clothes, bags and cosmetics they bought with the money they earned through compensated dating. Sze wanted the same for herself, so her classmates introduced her to Internet chat forums where she met male customers.

Is that sick or is that sick?  The fact that it is worldwide now, there’s absolutely nowhere kids are safe from this any more.