You Saw This Coming of the Day: Hostess Halts Operations and Begins Liquidation Process

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Hostess, the maker of Twinkies and Wonderbread, is on the express lane to liquidation after a union strike that began last week had crippled its production and delivery lines. It's no secret that the American bakery manufacturer has been in financial decline; the company initially filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy back in 2004, which lasted for five years before resurfacing as a private company in 2009, only to declare bankruptcy again earlier this year in January 2012. According to Hostess' spokesperson, all of its business operations have been suspended in 33 plants across the country and most of its 18,500 employees will lose their jobs as a result of the liquidation. Today's news has already prompted a mourning period on the Internet with various tributes to Hostess, including this "Ode to Hostess" mashup by YouTuber Meldude10.



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You Saw This Coming of the Day

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As expected, a fog of war is looming over the Gaza Strip (and on Twitter) following the Israeli Defense Force's air strikes yesterday that killed the Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jabari and Hamas' retaliatory missile attacks overnight. As of 5:30 p.m. (ET) today, three Israelis and 19 Palestinians have been confirmed as casualties of the hostile exchange, during which 250 target sites were struck by the IDF and 274 rocket missiles were launched by Hamas militants. The toll is expected to rise as IDF reportedly began mobilizing 30,000 reserves along the border. Meanwhile on Twitter:

  • The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) took the news of airstrike operations to Twitter as its jets began attacking.
  • Within minutes, Hamas announced that its top leader had been assassinated by Israeli planes via Twitter.
  • Around the same time, IDF spokesman's office uploaded videos of air strike footage onto YouTube.
  • Twitter users responded with pro-Israeli #PillarOfDefense and pro-Palestinian #GazaUnderAttack hashtags.



You Saw This Coming of the Day is a feature series following the latest news in current events that have been on the ticking clock, as well as news and social media commentaries that are predictable or cyclical in nature.

You Saw This Coming of the Day

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Mark Basseley Youssef, the filmmaker who wrote and produced the anti-Islam movie Innocence of Muslims that has been tied to the U.S. missionary attacks in Benghazi, was sentenced to one year in federal prison yesterday for violating several of his probation orders. Back in June 2011, Nakoula was released on probation after serving a 21-month sentence in federal prison on charges of bank fraud and he began working on the film, but in the recent wake of its controversy, Nakoula was arrested again in September on charges of using false names, using the Internet without prior approval and obtaining a fraudulent driver's license, all of which were in direct violation of his probation conditions.



You Saw This Coming of the Day is a feature series following the latest news in current events that have been on the ticking clock, as well as news and social media commentaries that are predictable or cyclical in nature.

Open Internet Red Alert: Blacklist Law Takes Effect in Russia

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Starting today, Russian authorities can blacklist and shut down access to websites containing alleged child pornography, as well as extremist, drug-related or otherwise illegal content without a due process. Since its passage in mid-July, the legislation has faced many criticisms for its open-ended implications and a concerted opposition from a coalition of Russian websites.