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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1175 on: June 02, 2015, 10:04:36 AM »
The cries of a woman giving birth can sometimes prove louder (in decibel) than a rock concert in full swing, notes the Board for Workplace Health and Safety of Sweden (cited by the public radio afternoon news). Perhaps not louder than Metallica, but louder than the normal kind of level at a gig, I guess - and certainly more stressful!  ::)

Offline Dashenka

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1176 on: June 02, 2015, 12:05:30 PM »
So... Blatter resigned as president of FIFA...


http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/32982449

Now, all of you join me in singing...


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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1177 on: June 02, 2015, 12:13:38 PM »
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So... Blatter resigned as president of FIFA...


http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/32982449

Now, all of you join me in singing...


Wow, never expected him to relinquish the tarnished crown to Fifa...

I take it this is because of the new evidence that has come to light, implicating his right hand?

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1178 on: June 02, 2015, 12:18:22 PM »
Don't see any word on his replacement yet - of course, I'm not entirely sure who all is left, either.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1179 on: June 02, 2015, 12:24:11 PM »
In my opinion, he shouldn't get a replacement, the entire organisation should be torn down and the world should try to erect a new football governing body in its place, one with less of an eye on profit and more of an adherence to fairness...

I also hope for it to rain chocolate and for hurricanes to be made of pure toffee!  ::)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1180 on: June 02, 2015, 12:31:26 PM »
Wow, never expected him to relinquish the tarnished crown to Fifa...

I take it this is because of the new evidence that has come to light, implicating his right hand?

Yeah I think the FBI's coming a bit too close to him in the investigation. We all know he's got some involvement in all the corruption.

As for his replacement. I doubt there will be a new election round as they say.

Democracies like Russia, Azerbaijan, Congo and Myanmar have elections. FIFA doesn't really fit into that list so it will probably be somebody he appoints himself. His son or something.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1181 on: June 02, 2015, 12:34:31 PM »
In my opinion, he shouldn't get a replacement, the entire organisation should be torn down and the world should try to erect a new football governing body in its place, one with less of an eye on profit and more of an adherence to fairness...

I also hope for it to rain chocolate and for hurricanes to be made of pure toffee!  ::)

Eh, just scrap the whole thing, it's a silly sport anyways. ;D :D

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1182 on: June 02, 2015, 12:43:37 PM »
Eh, just scrap the whole thing, it's a silly sport anyways. ;D :D

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Pfff, I say, pffffffffffffffff!

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1183 on: June 02, 2015, 12:53:07 PM »
So... Blatter resigned as president of FIFA...


http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/32982449

Now, all of you join me in singing...



sure, I don't know how he'll be but better than Blatter... so... *starts signing prince ali with her*

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1184 on: June 02, 2015, 01:16:39 PM »
Wow, never expected him to relinquish the tarnished crown to Fifa...

I take it this is because of the new evidence that has come to light, implicating his right hand?

+3

Yes, most likely something has come up, some (as yet unpublished) big pile of incriminating crap that looked too hard to run away from. The man is a survival artist on his post, so he would not have walked away unless he really had to, especially not just a few days after having been re-elected.

Russia would likely be sitting safe as host nation of the 2018 Championships - it's too close to those games to run a new round of nominations, and it wasn't near as tarnished anyway - but Qatar '22 is in a whole different league and I figure their mandate to host the event is going to be contested more than ever. It's not just about the bribes and intrigues but about the idea of setting it in a country with minimal football tradition and a climate that poses serious challenges for the actual playing.

Blatter will stay on as FIFA chairman until an extra congress is held, to elect a new head, and that means something like six months more.


Also in the news: Greece is moving ever closer to state default and the positions of the EU top brass (Angela Merkel and others) and the Greek cabinet seem rather locked. Of course the Greek budget has been on suspended animation and printing money on EU/IMF loans for years, but it will be coming to a head in the next two weeks or so.
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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1185 on: June 02, 2015, 01:19:49 PM »
the idea of setting it in a country with minimal football tradition and a climate that poses serious challenges for the actual playing.

Yeah, I kinda wondered about that one.  If it stands, I'm expecting that Vegas will allow for over/under bets on 'number of players sidelined by heatstroke.'

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1186 on: June 02, 2015, 04:20:01 PM »
Yeah I think the FBI's coming a bit too close to him in the investigation. We all know he's got some involvement in all the corruption.


Took the words right out of my mouth.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1187 on: June 02, 2015, 05:04:35 PM »
Did you hear? Eating chocolate is a great way to lose weight!

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The story mostly just made me shake my head because this isn't the first time I've seen so many journalists pick up a false story and immediately print it, and it certainly won't be the last...

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The key, Bohannon stated, was to "exploit journalists' incredible laziness" to write the press release so that reporters had the story laid out on a plate for them, as it were. As he later wrote, he "felt a queasy mixture of pride and disgust as our lure zinged out into the world". And a great many swallowed it whole.

I'm not so sure it's laziness as opposed to various media houses simply trying to beat each other to the punch, willing to risk reporting something that's not true rather than be the last to cover the story...

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1188 on: June 03, 2015, 09:40:13 AM »
So... Blatter resigned as president of FIFA...

Now, all of you join me in singing...

I am with you all the way and I do not even follow the sport that closely.

Edit:
For the love of god, FUCK:

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/ukraine-claims-pro-russian-rebels-have-broken-ceasefire-with-new-attack/story-fnh81p7g-1227382118411

(I do not even care who is at fault anymore, this shit needs to stop.)
« Last Edit: June 03, 2015, 12:38:30 PM by Dice »

Offline BeorningTopic starter

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1189 on: June 04, 2015, 11:06:37 AM »
Because of Corpus Christi, we're having national holiday today back here (out of curiosity: is it a national holiday in other countries, too?).

During the celebrations, out Catholic bishop spoke up. One of them declared that the recent Ireland vote should serve as a warning to all of Europe. Another mentioned his hopes that the new president will veto the upcoming government bill for in-vitro fertilization. And one another warned against the "wicked ideology of genderism"...

Hm.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1190 on: June 04, 2015, 11:18:52 AM »
Because of Corpus Christi, we're having national holiday today back here (out of curiosity: is it a national holiday in other countries, too?).

During the celebrations, out Catholic bishop spoke up. One of them declared that the recent Ireland vote should serve as a warning to all of Europe. Another mentioned his hopes that the new president will veto the upcoming government bill for in-vitro fertilization. And one another warned against the "wicked ideology of genderism"...

Hm.

How much does that reflect the general attitude, or is it just extremist conservatives saying stupid things to get attention?  In the US there's always somebody saying stuff like that, but it's not something the mainstream takes at all seriously (we just love to find a good villain that we can all hate together). 

And no, no Jesus body holiday here.  People would freak over something that overtly religious...we're still trying to hold Christmas together. 

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1191 on: June 04, 2015, 11:25:12 AM »
We have Corpus Christi as a national holiday here as well (Brazil).

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1192 on: June 04, 2015, 11:33:27 AM »
How much does that reflect the general attitude, or is it just extremist conservatives saying stupid things to get attention?

Well, it's hard to say, really. But I'd say that the Catholic Church still has a lot of influence here - for example, the leaks from the parliament say that our current ruling party kept postponing their works on the promised civil unions bill, as they were literally afraid to make the bishops angry. Also, the people from Law & Justice, the party of the new president and, possibly, the party that will form the new government after the coming elections, are wholly in support of the condemnation of "genderism"...

An anecdote: during a New Year party (on 2014 or 2015 - I can't remember which year it was) at my cousin's place, my sister admitted to having post-graduate studies in gender theory in a conversation. The other guests almost lynched verbally for supporting something so "reprehensible"...

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1193 on: June 04, 2015, 11:46:27 AM »
We have Corpus Christi as a national holiday here as well (Brazil).
Same here in Germany.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1194 on: June 04, 2015, 01:41:08 PM »
 Corpus Christi isn't a national holiday in the US, but it is a city in Texas. Which is what I immediately thought of first when I saw Corpus Christi mentioned. :D

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1195 on: June 04, 2015, 07:46:18 PM »
Corpus Christi isn't a national holiday in the US, but it is a city in Texas. Which is what I immediately thought of first when I saw Corpus Christi mentioned. :D

I wish it was, id love an extra day off from class *burnt out from writing endless research papers*

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1196 on: June 04, 2015, 11:37:37 PM »
I don't even know what Corpus Christi is (translations left aside), and there certainly wasn't anything celebrated over here.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1197 on: June 05, 2015, 06:45:52 AM »
I am with you all the way and I do not even follow the sport that closely.

Edit:
For the love of god, FUCK:

http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/ukraine-claims-pro-russian-rebels-have-broken-ceasefire-with-new-attack/story-fnh81p7g-1227382118411

(I do not even care who is at fault anymore, this shit needs to stop.)

sadly Vladimir ain't going to stop supporting them and sending troops and materal into ukrane as long as he thinks the rebels have a chance of breaking away and joining the russian federation, and the Ukrainians dispite being out manned and outgunned have sort of planted their feet and manned the barricades so to speak. This isn't going away any time soon.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1198 on: June 05, 2015, 10:22:39 AM »
I just head an interesting tidbit on the news: apparently, two guys riding on the New York underground have been arrested for spreading their legs too much!

Have you guys heard about it?

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1199 on: June 05, 2015, 10:31:13 AM »
I just head an interesting tidbit on the news: apparently, two guys riding on the New York underground have been arrested for spreading their legs too much!

Have you guys heard about it?

Depends, were they wearing the appropriate clothing? Or walking around in a banana hammock?
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