While AMC lets The Walking Dead gang take a short mid-season break – the Post’s Andrew Barr and Richard Johnson look at a few of the key statistics of two-and-a-half season’s worth of undead mayhem. They find noteworthy – the gradual increase in the body count, the increasingly creative means of Zombie dispatch, and the fact that every character seems to have developed a clear enjoyment for putting the ambulatory cadavers down for good.
Setting aside the fact that this intergenerational hectoring dates back to Socrates, let us ask: Who exactly is making the charge? Quebec has had low tuition rates for a half century. That means almost every living adult in the province, having already been afforded a plum goodie, is now wagging his finger at the first generation that will be asked to pay the tab. So who really is entitled here?
This week, China urged Russia and the United States to slash their nuclear arms. Top Chinese official Cheng Jingye told a meeting in Vienna, “As countries with [the] largest nuclear arsenals, the U.S. and Russia should continue to make drastic reductions in their nuclear arsenals in a verifiable and irreversible manner.”
Everything you ever wanted to know about the late, lamented penny
Last week, when the federal budget was released, the government announced it would be discontinuing the penny. The National Post‘s Graphics department takes a look at what actually went into our smallest denomination coin.
Graphic: A demographic breakdown of the world of religion
With the “world’s largest” gathering of atheists this weekend in Washington, D.C., the National Post’s graphics department takes a look at how the world’s religions break down. (Illustration by Richard Johnson)
Canadian killed in area of Mexico embroiled in drug violence
A Canadian citizen was shot dead in a shopping district in the city of Culiacan, northwest Mexico, in unclear circumstances, police said Monday.
Police found the body of Salid Abdulacis Sabas overnight, with gunshot wounds to the head and lying near nine heavy-calibre cartridge cases, said a statement from Sinaloa state police.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of the victim,” said a statement from Foreign Affairs. “Our officials in Mazatlan are in contact with local authorities and stand ready to provide consular assistance during this difficult time.”
Sinaloa state is the home of Mexico’s most wanted drug trafficker, Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman, and one of the most violent states in Mexico.
Death of Kim Jong-il
South Korea’s military has been put on emergency alert following the death of Kim Jong-il. Here is a look at the aligned forces.
Among the biggest challenges to a border trade and security agreement announced by Canada and the United States this week will be convincing Canadians their privacy won’t be invaded, U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson said Friday.
“There is this kind of urban legend that hey, the United States, once we get your information, it’s just there, anybody can look at it for any purpose,” he told the National Post’s editorial board. “That’s just not true. We value [privacy] as much as Canadians value it. This is confidential personal information, and it is important that we maintain the confidence of it and all those safeguards that we have in our system are going to apply to any information that we’re going to get in this process.”
The U.S. considered sending in covert missions to Iran to recover a drone that crashed in the country, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The RQ-170 Sentinel, a high-altitude stealth drone known as the Beast of Kandahar, went down in Iran while on a surveillance mission. Iran said it shot the drone down, but the U.S. maintains it crashed due to a malfunction.
The National Post has partnered with GeoPollster to conduct a social experiment in the run-up to the upcoming Canadian federal election on May 2. Foursquare users can register their accounts with GeoPollster Canada. Each checkin will count as a “vote” for their preferred political party.
A GeoPollster Canada page on the National Post site will track the votes by province, city and venue. Each party will have an opportunity to “seize control” of each of those divisions, giving people an idea of where the party stands — at least amongst foursquare users.