The Week: Most Recent from Jon Terbush recent posts.en-usSun, 26 Oct 2014 10:31:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent from Jon Terbush from THE WEEKSun, 26 Oct 2014 10:31:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 26, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. 25 European banks fail stress test</strong><br />Twenty-five of Europe's largest banks flunked a financial stress test because they did not have big enough cash buffers to weather a hypothetical economic crisis, the European Central Bank said Sunday. The stress test examined 25 eurozone banks' finances through the end of 2013. Among those that failed, 13 have still not raised enough capital to insulate themselves from a future crisis. In order to do so, the ECB said, they'll need to raise another 10 billion euros, or $12.5 billion. [<em>The New York Times</em>, <em>The Associated Press</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:31:00 -0400How Scott Brown is executing the perfect GOP Senate campaign<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator who changed his residency to take a crack at Congress from neighboring New Hampshire, is within striking distance of embarrassing New England Democrats once again.</p><p class="p1">Recent polls have found Brown surging in his bid to unseat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), an upset that would greatly increase the GOP's chances of retaking the Senate. A CNN survey released Thursday put Brown just two points back in the race, and poll aggregators paint a favorable trend line for him:</p><center><iframe width="600" height="360" scrolling="no" src=""></iframe></center><p class="p1">Though Brown is still a longshot to win, his campaign has clearly been effective. And...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:00 -0400Stop hating on cyclists<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Read more on this story.</p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>Why do fake numbers start with 555?</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Machine</em></li><li>This week I learned why toothpaste and OJ don't mix, and more</li></ul><p > </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:00:00 -0400Baseball's new secret to success: Don't strike out<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">The Kansas City Royals are not, as some have suggested, the future of baseball. They are a flawed team that squeaked into the playoffs with only 89 wins and a healthy bit of luck. They outperformed their expected record by five games, third-highest in the majors, and their offense rated out as 6 percent worse than the league average this year.</p><p class="p1">Yet the Royals are indeed on the forefront of a new baseball wave in one crucial respect: They refuse to strike out.</p><p class="p1">"Don't strike out" may seem like a facile maxim, as obvious a suggestion as telling a team to blast a bunch of homers. Yet in baseball's...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:10:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 19, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. North Korea and South Korea trade gunfire</strong><br />North Korean and South Korean soldiers briefly exchanged gunfire on Sunday across the heavily-fortified border between the two nations. It was the second such shootout between the two sides in the past 10 days. The incident began when about 10 North Korean troops approached the boundary line between the two nations and disregarded warnings to turn back. Troops from the South then fired warning shots, leading to a 10-minute volley of gunfire that did not result in any reported casualties or injuries. [<em>The Associated Press</em>, <em>Reuters</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:32:00 -0400Will a bunch of terrible craft beer ruin the booming craft beer industry?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">In April, Brewers Association Director Paul Gatza issued a warning to the thousands of industry folks gathered at the annual Brewers Conference in Denver. Recalling a recent beer festival where he'd sampled offerings from about 10 new breweries, Gatza said seven or eight clearly needed improvement.</p><p class="p1">"We hate to see this segment being brought down with people having bad experiences in their glass when they're trying craft beer," he said.</p><p class="p1">Or to put it more bluntly, as he then did: "Don't f--k it up."</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Concerns for #craftbeer brewers #CBC2014</p>&mdash; BeerAdvocate ...</blockquote></center> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Mon, 06 Oct 2014 10:01:00 -040010 things you need to know today: October 5, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Hong Kong protesters agree to scale back demonstrations</strong><br />Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday agreed to scale back their blockades ahead of the work week so schools and government offices could open. The government had warned protesters to pull back or face another crackdown, with a police spokesperson saying, "To restore order, we are determined and we are confident we have the capability to take any necessary action." The concession came as both sides said they were willing to begin negotiations over ending the week-old stalemate. Tens of thousands of people have flooded Hong Kong...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 05 Oct 2014 10:15:00 -040010 things you need to know today: September 28, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Hong Kong police bombard demonstrators with tear gas</strong><br />After days of pro-democracy protests outside government headquarters, Hong Kong police on Sunday bombarded protesters with tear gas and pepper spray in an attempt to disperse the crowd. The escalation came after police blocked entrance points to the main demonstration site, leading protesters to spill onto a six-lane highway and block traffic. Thousands of demonstrators camped outside the government complex through the weekend as part of the Occupy Central movement, which is protesting restrictions China imposed on the first ever election to...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:07:00 -0400How Bill Simmons' unjust suspension exposes America's toxic Football Industrial Complex<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">On Wednesday, ESPN suspended Bill Simmons for saying out loud what ESPN's own reporting had already confirmed.</p><p class="p1">The <em>Grantland</em> editor &mdash; who is probably ESPN's most valuable commentator &mdash; called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a "liar" in an expletive-filled tirade on his popular podcast Monday. Simmons was blasting increasingly implausible NFL claims that Goodell had not seen or been aware of horrifying video of star running back Ray Rice punching his wife in the face before giving the former Baltimore Raven a meager two-game suspension. Indeed, Simmons' broadside against Goodell came...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:40:00 -0400Stop hating on cyclists<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">To hear it from the tabloid trolls, we live in a dystopian hellscape where cyclists pedal lawless through the streets, terrorizing grannies and innocent drivers alike. Cyclists have been branded as "terrorists on wheels," "assassins in Spandex," and villains with "curses on their lips &mdash; and blood on their hands." And that's just one column.</p><p class="p1">The demonization of bikers was on full display over the weekend, after cyclist Jason Marshall struck and killed 59-year-old Jill Tarlov in New York City's Central Park. Marshall was swiftly cast as yet another heartless "speed demon," even though we still...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:20:00 -040010 things you need to know today: September 21, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. Afghan presidential candidates agree to power sharing deal</strong><br />Afghanistan's rival presidential candidates have signed a deal to create a unity government in which the candidates will share executive powers. Under the terms of the deal, Ashraf Ghani will become president while Abdullah Abdullah will serve as a chief executive, a position akin to prime minister. The agreement will allow for a peaceful transition of power from the government of President Hamid Karzai, who has led the nation for the past decade. "The Afghan people have been waiting for this happy day," Karzai said of the deal. [<em>The...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 21 Sep 2014 10:27:00 -040010 things you need to know today: September 20, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. NFL admits mistakes, vows to implement new disciplinary policy</strong><br />NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday announced the league would craft a new disciplinary policy to offer "clear, consistent, and current" guidelines for punishing domestic abuse and other crimes in the wake of a series of scandals that have rocked the NFL. "I let myself down," he said. "I let everyone down. And for that I'm sorry." Hours after Goodell's press conference, ESPN's <em>Outside the Lines</em> published an explosive report suggesting the league and the Baltimore Ravens tried to cover up Ray Rices's domestic abuse case, and that...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:34:00 -0400Adrian Peterson and our misguided debate about spanking<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">In May, Adrian Peterson beat his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, according to a police report that cites Peterson's own testimony. He hit his son so badly that it left open wounds and welts on the boy's back, legs, buttocks, and scrotum. The beating was so vicious that the star running back then texted the child's mother &mdash; the two are not married &mdash; and confessed she would probably be mad because he "got kinda good wit the tail end of the switch."</p><p class="p1">What Adrian Peterson did not do, however, was spank his child.</p><p class="p1">And yet, much of the ensuing debate over the incident has sadly devolved...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:09:00 -040010 things you need to know today: September 14, 2014<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. ISIS claims to behead British aid worker</strong><br />ISIS on Saturday released a video purporting to show the group beheading a British man, David Haines, who was abducted last year while working for a humanitarian group in Syria. British Prime Minister David Cameron called the execution an "act of pure evil" and vowed to "hunt down these murderers and ensure they face justice." ISIS previously released videos showing the executions of two American journalists. [<em>CNN</em>, <em>USA Today</em>]</p><p >&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip;&hellip...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Sun, 14 Sep 2014 10:52:00 -0400In defense of pumpkin beer<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">You probably hate pumpkin beer. You are wrong.</p><p class="p1">Pumpkin beer has become a punch line, unfairly lumped in with all the truly terrible pumpkin-flavored products that infect our lives each fall. It's not just the Pumpkin Spice Latte. There are now Pumpkin Spice Oreos, Pumpkin Spice Eggo Waffles, and Pumpkin Pie Spice Pringles. There were even rumors &mdash; thankfully proven false &mdash; of a pumpkin pie spice condom.</p><p class="p1">So maybe it's not your fault that you hate pumpkin beer. We have reached peak pumpkin, and it's not even technically fall yet. Blame the nefarious Pumpkin Spice Industrial Complex...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 11 Sep 2014 09:30:00 -0400On Ray Rice, the NFL should not be the final arbiter of moral justice<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Ray Rice will not play in the NFL for the foreseeable future. But make no mistake: It's not because he beat his wife, but because the NFL is afraid of losing money.</p><p class="p1">The league on Monday suspended Rice indefinitely after <em>TMZ</em> released a video showing him knocking his then-fianc&eacute;e (now his wife), Janay Palmer, unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator in February. The punishment came after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's much-maligned decision to initially ban Rice a meager two games, a decision so tone-deaf Goodell later apologized and announced harsher punishments for future perpetrators...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Tue, 09 Sep 2014 06:12:00 -0400