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"What news story has caught your attention today?" thread

Post 17541

Orcus

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36802484

Is this physiologically possible? I guess it may explain those mobile hips of his.


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Post 17542

Baron Grim

This one is absolutely fake.

http://www.snopes.com/road-runner-tunnel-crash-rumor/


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Post 17543

Icy North

There's a certain age you pass, after which you don't so much laugh at these stories, as feel relieved: "It could have been me..."


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Post 17544

Lusus

Do you mean something like this Richard Ayoade and Chris O'Dowd video clip, Icy? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wiqF7_keYs


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Post 17545

Baron Grim

There should be a word for that. The Germans gave us Schadenfreude, that's pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune. But what about great relief that it wasn't you that just caused another's misfortune?

Like this guy.
http://youtu.be/Py805hYfopw


Or this guy.
http://youtu.be/AInE_H6Uj0U
http://youtu.be/aPjnaD7YRug

Yeah... Don't feel bad for that guy.
http://youtu.be/Ee6xF7xlREs


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Post 17546

Icy North

Exactly those.

Yes, we need a word. 'Hyperalleviation', possibly?


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Post 17547

Icy North

If you want to resurrect a shorter word, then I like 'swage' (c.1300)

It has the benefit of also meaning 'otter excrement'.


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Post 17548

Recumbentman

Now how do you do a reverse lookup on OED, Icy?


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Post 17549

Icy North

I browsed the Historical Thesaurus, but I guess you may find things using advanced search.


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Post 17550

Icy North

Turkey’s post-coup purge of academics:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36843180

As well as prosecuting all the military leaders responsible for last week’s failed coup, Turkey’s President Erdogan has embarked on a purge of media and academia. So far, he’s reportedly sacked 1,577 university deans, 21,000 teachers and 15,000 education ministry officials. He’s also banned travel.


Now, I don’t know what this sounds like in your part of the world, but in the UK, it’s bizarre to think that university lecturers, schoolteachers and civil servants could muster any organised political activity. I’ve never met anyone quite as disorganised and scatterbrained as people in education.

One thing, though, if they ever do mobilise a military force, it’ll have tweed uniforms with brown leather elbow patches. And as for weaponry, they're pretty accurate with blackboard duster missiles.


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Post 17551

Baron Grim

Turkey will be much less secular now and it may not be a NATO member much longer if the executions begin.


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Post 17552

swl

They don't need so many teachers when the Imams are ready to do it


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Post 17553

Baron Grim

This story is not catching the attention of the US media. It's mentioned, but just cursory coverage. I'm sure in the minds of most Americans it falls under the general "Middle East = Constant Strife - S.E.P. field."

This is happening right in the middle of the coronation of the Short Attention Span Presidential candidate. (I'm not saying Trump has a short attention span, he does, but his ascension is only possible because of the modern media and public's amazingly short attentions spans. There is no in-depth coverage of anything anymore as journalism ends at the next bright shiny story.)


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Post 17554

Recumbentman

Nice to be reminded of the SEP Field. Douglas Adams's Bistromathics.

The media have SEP fields down to a fine art.

This is what catches my attention today: http://www.monbiot.com/2016/07/21/punishment-posting/

More SEPs. "The living planet – the biggest and most important portfolio of all – is treated by Theresa May as the government’s Craggy Island."


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Post 17555

Pink Paisley

At the time of writing, the big news is the trouble in Munich. Despicable. And on the back of Bangladesh, Baghdad, and Nice, all this month.

I'm a liberal but frustrated that it makes me think that Trumpism may have some mileage in it.

PP.


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Post 17556

Baron Grim

Drumpf's nomination speech was 77 minutes of fearmongering, with many lies (for instance he says violent crime is up 17% in certain major cities while violent crime is actually down 15% nation wide since 2008.)

But yeah, fear and terror are way up. That's Germany's second attack in a week. In the US flags are still at half mast since the Orlando attack, but not still because of Orlando but because of several police ambushings.

It's easy to fearmonger with this combo punch of I.S. attacks and individuals violently retaliating against cops for the recent spree of police shooting black men.

It doesn't really matter that the fears Drumpf is promoting are relatively baseless when folks are being hammered by news of senseless violence anyway.

That madman has a serious chance of being elected. And BoB help the human race if he is.


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Post 17557

Recumbentman

The idea of "doing something about it" is the scary part.

You can do something about it, but not some quick fix. You can improve education, especially for girls, especially in disadvantaged parts.


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Post 17558

swl



Texas?


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