Kim Jong-un. Nukes. CNN. Second-Most Viewed Daily Show Clip Ever. And Austin. Huh?
Fellow Austinites, you might not know it, but 2.8 million Chinese people got a chuckle out of a Daily Show joke centered around Austin and South by Southwest. And, oh, by the way, South Korea wants to nuke the crap out of us.
Skip to 1:45 in the clip! “There’s a chart marked US MAINLAND STRIKE PLAN with missile trails aiming at Hawaii, California, DC, and for some reason… Austin, Texas.”
Okay, from the beginning: Kim Jong-un released a video threatening China and the U.S. Sharp-eyed analysts sussed out North Korea’s potential targets by looking at the map on the wall of their war room. (“You can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”) Jon Stewart hoisted up the video for ridicule on the Daily Show, and Chinese viewers made it viral.
Here’s the Reddit thread and the CNN video talking about the 2.8 million hits that Jon Stewart scored from the other side of the world.
UT President to Rename Ku Klux Klan-Linked Simkins Hall
The Ku Klux Klan has had a bastion on the UT campus since 1955, and the University is acting to do something about it.
Simkins Hall is named after former law professor William Stewart Simkins, a Ku Klux Klan leader who was in command during a time when the Klan killed 25 innocent people. Next week, the UT regents are expected to rename the all-male dormitory.
Oddly, it took a University of Denver law professor to bring this to light. Russell, who taught at UT in the 1990s, discovered the connection and documented it in a paper that will be published this fall in the South Texas Law Review. Russell says that Simkins had a portrait and bust in the law school, and students would touch the bust for luck without really knowing Simkin’s history with the Ku Klux Klan.
An article about the renaming of Simkins Hall in the Houston Chronicle has garnered hundreds of comments, most of them criticizing the change.