-- The U.S. stated Thursday that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the rebels in its country. The U.S. has stated that use of chemical weapons constitutes a red line when it comes to greater American involvement in the slaughter that is Syria today. President Barack Obama said yesterday that the U.S. would help to arm the rebels. Specifics were not detailed. The Syrian government described the U.S. announcement of chemical weapon use as being "full of lies."
-- In Sao Paulo, Brazil, an estimated 5,000 pretty-pissed-off demonstrators took to the streets in the wake of a subway-fare price hike. The government claims the price hike is not even commensurate with inflation. The people who need to ride the subway in order to make a living seem to have a different point of view.
-- In Australia, a radio host was fired after he asked Prime Minister Julia Gillard if her partner of seven years were gay. He must be gay, the host suggested, because he was a hairdresser. The comment came in the midst of a mud-slinging, saber-swinging run-up to the Sept. 14 general election that Gillard seems destined to lose.