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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1125 on: May 26, 2015, 09:56:51 PM »
Actually, I've met a number of intelligent, interesting, open-minded folks from Texas so I wouldn't write that place off as an immortal conservative bastion. 

My theory is that State is actually currently purple, with the blue mostly covered by a thinning layer of obnoxiously loud red.  Texas has a lot of tech and a relatively high level of education.  That's a recipe for shifting to the left, inevitably, imho.  I figure it will go solidly blue in about 10, maybe 15 years when the life support systems keeping alive the Old White Guys In Power (tm) finally give out.
That's what i think >.>
though the far right crazies (as opposed to far left crazies) think texas is some bastion, and keep filtering in.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1126 on: May 27, 2015, 12:55:05 AM »
Telia Sonera, a large telecommunication company in the Scandinavian region, have supposedly been bribing the president of Azerbaijan with an amount around 710'000'000 dollars through their local divison, Azercell, for them to recieve favorable deals with the goverment. Not the first time they're accused of corruption, having made deals with secret service agencies in several less-than democratic countries to find and prevent gatherings and protests, amongst other things. After the most recent scandal they promised to do better in terms of being ethical, seems it hasn't happened.

Source in Swedish:
http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article20861473.ab

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1127 on: May 27, 2015, 12:57:39 AM »
Apparently, it's time for parliamentary elections in Denmark, this should be fun. So far the analysts are suspecting the election date to be some time around the 19th.

Thank Cthulhu that it came now so the commentators and analysts can finally stop suspecting when it'll come >.<

Offline Warlock

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1128 on: May 27, 2015, 03:58:01 AM »
Erdogan, Turkey's president, throws a tantrum like a child due to having been critisied by the New York Times. Having opinions is not a freedom according to this dickish cunt.

“You are meddling in Turkey’s affairs by writing something like this. By publishing this editorial, you are overstepping the limits of freedom,”
-Erdogan

Source:
http://www.rawstory.com/2015/05/turkish-president-erdogan-blasts-new-york-times-for-editorial-criticizing-him-know-your-place/

Editorial mentioned:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/23/opinion/dark-clouds-over-turkey.html
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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1129 on: May 27, 2015, 06:42:58 AM »
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/may/27/several-top-fifa-officials-arrested

 Seems FIFA is finally starting to get it's due, the Swiss launched a mass arrest just before they were going to hold their conferences with the FBI wanting a bit of the cut.

 I'm waiting for the comments on how the US is simply upset that they didn't get the world cup hosting rights :P

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1130 on: May 27, 2015, 07:34:24 AM »
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/may/27/several-top-fifa-officials-arrested

 Seems FIFA is finally starting to get it's due, the Swiss launched a mass arrest just before they were going to hold their conferences with the FBI wanting a bit of the cut.

 I'm waiting for the comments on how the US is simply upset that they didn't get the world cup hosting rights :P

we could make the sport more popular and let america host it...or take massive bribes... nobody will find out...right....  ;D

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1131 on: May 27, 2015, 07:47:35 AM »
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/may/27/several-top-fifa-officials-arrested

 Seems FIFA is finally starting to get it's due, the Swiss launched a mass arrest just before they were going to hold their conferences with the FBI wanting a bit of the cut.

 I'm waiting for the comments on how the US is simply upset that they didn't get the world cup hosting rights :P

Wasn't there some scandal earlier this year with FIFA down in South America? I could have sworn that this happened already.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1132 on: May 27, 2015, 07:58:24 AM »
Wasn't there some scandal earlier this year with FIFA down in South America? I could have sworn that this happened already.
yes not sure I remember what it was, but it wasn't involving top officals.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1133 on: May 27, 2015, 10:15:41 AM »
FIFA have a long-standing rep for being one of the most shyster bodies in international sports, as corrupt as boxing used to be, but they have great bargaining power due to the popularity of the game. It's almost a state of its own.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1134 on: May 27, 2015, 11:58:31 AM »
The fact of the matter is that FIFA is a HUGE corporation, and due to it's international nature, one that quite literally answers to nobody, making corruption kind of a natural next step.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1135 on: May 27, 2015, 05:34:54 PM »


Hyup. 

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1136 on: May 27, 2015, 05:38:34 PM »
The fact of the matter is that FIFA is a HUGE corporation, and due to it's international nature, one that quite literally answers to nobody, making corruption kind of a natural next step.

Well, I now have another megacorp for if I ever run a Shadowrun game.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1137 on: May 27, 2015, 07:03:38 PM »
Well, I now have another megacorp for if I ever run a Shadowrun game.

Don't forget the possibility of black-market 'upgrades' for the players.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1138 on: May 27, 2015, 07:05:35 PM »
Don't forget the possibility of black-market 'upgrades' for the players.

Of course. Granted, the other real-world entities I imagine being upgraded to megacorp status are Google and Abercrombie+Finch (slightly less plausible now, but whatever) - trying to make a 'run' into a corp where the dress code also extends to include mandatory plastic surgery according to a corp template is a delightfully creepy image.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1139 on: May 27, 2015, 07:51:48 PM »
Id probably just try and work for the Disney Mega corp. Think about it, all the studios and properties that Disney owns @_@

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1140 on: May 27, 2015, 07:54:31 PM »
Id probably just try and work for the Disney Mega corp. Think about it, all the studios and properties that Disney owns @_@

Working for Disney is scary enough when they're actually legally accountable for things they do on occasion...

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1141 on: May 27, 2015, 10:22:26 PM »
Of course. Granted, the other real-world entities I imagine being upgraded to megacorp status are Google and Abercrombie+Finch (slightly less plausible now, but whatever) - trying to make a 'run' into a corp where the dress code also extends to include mandatory plastic surgery according to a corp template is a delightfully creepy image.

 At this point, you don't need made-up MegaCorps for a Shadowrun game. Just use real life megacorps like McDonalds, Universal, Hasbro, FIFA, Malboro, Monsanto, FIFA, and Disney. Companies that can, and in some cases have, ruin a small or financially unstable country.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1142 on: May 27, 2015, 10:40:39 PM »
pah take a look at the chicken meat industry

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1143 on: May 28, 2015, 01:37:33 AM »
Mickey Mouse would be the best Mr.Johnsson ever.



Honestly a slow news day in Sweden, might pick up later during the day.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1144 on: May 28, 2015, 01:44:07 AM »
Mickey Mouse would be the best Mr.Johnsson ever.



Honestly a slow news day in Sweden, might pick up later during the day.

Heck with that. Walt Disney himself as the CEO, his cryo-frozen head reanimated and attached to a full-body cyber life support system.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1145 on: May 28, 2015, 08:27:32 AM »
American Foreign Fighter helps train Christian Militias in Iraq to defend their towns from ISIS Assaults.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/this-american-%e2%80%98foreign-fighter%e2%80%99-says-he%e2%80%99s-helping-iraqi-christians-fight-isis/ar-BBkjsdG?ocid=HPCDHP


Does this technically make the man (and others like him volunteering to fight ISIS) a mercenary or just a volunteer?

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1146 on: May 28, 2015, 08:42:55 AM »
Depends - what would you call the Americans who joined the French Foreign Legion in the first half of the 20th century?

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1147 on: May 28, 2015, 08:44:08 AM »
Depends - what would you call the Americans who joined the French Foreign Legion in the first half of the 20th century?

Hmm..i guess Mercenaries?

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1148 on: May 28, 2015, 08:55:55 AM »
Does this technically make the man (and others like him volunteering to fight ISIS) a mercenary or just a volunteer?
If he does it not for monetary gain he's a volunteer.

Now, if he is hired to do this, it depends. If you think he's a bad guy he's a mercenary. If you think he's a good guy the appropriate term is "security consultant".  ;)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1149 on: May 28, 2015, 08:58:58 AM »
If he does it not for monetary gain he's a volunteer.

Now, if he is hired to do this, it depends. If you think he's a bad guy he's a mercenary. If you think he's a good guy the appropriate term is "security consultant".  ;)

Then Security Consultant it is.  ;)