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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1750 on: August 18, 2015, 07:37:00 PM »

OMG, It's here! Treatment-Resistant Lice!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/head-lice-resistant-to-over-the-counter-products-in-25-states_55d36ff1e4b0ab468d9e91f5


By god, this is worse than being smote with hemorrhoids, locusts and frogs. How will we ever cope with the itchiness and the shame... *facepalm*

Offline BeorningTopic starter

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1751 on: August 20, 2015, 02:08:31 PM »

Offline consortium11

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1752 on: August 20, 2015, 05:06:52 PM »
Greece's PM just resigned:

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/08/20/europe/greece-tsipras-resigns/index.html

Fully expected and in political terms a sensible decision. He gets to try and continue his purge of the elements of Syriza that opposed his volte-face on the bailout and its conditions while forming a new government who will be more amenable to his grandstanding.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1753 on: August 20, 2015, 09:26:10 PM »
From the current handbook of the Conservative Party of Canada:



Also, section 79 wants to give religious organizations the "human right" to discriminate.

This is a dead issue in Canada. It was settled a decade ago. The oppositiuon is a tiny fringe - and the Conservatives think appealing to that tiny fringe is more important than affirming the equality of all citizens.

If they weren't about to lose, it'd be terrifying.

Offline Cassandra LeMay

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1754 on: August 21, 2015, 02:44:00 AM »
If they weren't about to lose, it'd be terrifying.
As much as I hope for Canada that the Cons won't win another election, I think it's too early to make any predictions about the election. Sure, the NDP is going strong in the polls, but in a first-past-the-post system that is not a terribly good indicator of the seats a party might actually win. And to win, the NDP will have to repeat its success in Quebec, but things there might have changed enough that the Bloc will take seats the NDP won the last time around. That's something the national polls I've seen don't realy adress.

While I would love to see you Canadians heave Steve, I'll only open the champagne when the final results show that it's done.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1755 on: August 21, 2015, 10:59:31 AM »
The most recent polls in Quebec specifically show the NDP with a 20-point lead over their nearest competition, with the Bloc coming in third of the big 4 at 16.3%. Barring something really screwy, I'd be surprised to see the results you're predicting.

I'd like to say that there's no way in hell a government dealing with criminal charges due to misappropriation of funds and shady action on Constitutional matters and such a disconnected, ass-backward understanding of Canadian values could win, but... I'm less optimistic on that front.
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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1756 on: August 21, 2015, 11:09:36 AM »
and I thought we had problems with the current crop of republicans 0w0

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1757 on: August 21, 2015, 02:55:48 PM »
In France two Americans (some sources were saying their Marines but I'm unsure at the moment) stopped an armed gunman from going on a killing spree on a train.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/two-americans-overpower-gunman-in-france-train-shooting/ar-BBlYPyl?ocid=iehp

That's the way to do it. If you're gonna go down, try to take the killer with you, might end up surviving and saving the day. 8-)

Update: 3 civilians were injured but no reported death's yet and now the sources are saying 3 marines wrestled the gunman down.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2015, 03:09:05 PM by Lustful Bride »

Offline Dashenka

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1758 on: August 21, 2015, 03:13:52 PM »
BBC and Dutch newssites only mentioned the Americans heard the man in the toilet putting the gun together. They didn't mention them overpowering them.

If they did though, kudo's.

*edit*

It now says it was the two American marines that overpowered the man. Both of them are critically injured and taken to hospital, one passenger, a French actor, was injured on his hand, trying to break the glass.
« Last Edit: August 21, 2015, 03:16:56 PM by Dashenka »

Offline TheGlyphstone

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1759 on: August 21, 2015, 03:48:08 PM »
And unrelated, but from the same news website, two women are the first female graduates of the US Army Ranger School, re-opening the usual debates and arguments over allowing women into combat roles.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/first-female-graduates-of-ranger-school-earn-elite-tab/ar-BBlXlrH?ocid=iehp

Definitely a pair of badass ladies, not that I need any evidence of that possibility after spending years being kicked around the ring by the girls in my martial arts classes. ;D

Offline BeorningTopic starter

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1760 on: August 22, 2015, 01:26:51 PM »
Okay, something awe-dropping I just heard in news service on one of Polish TV stations...

Today, a corpse of a whale has been spotted near one of Polish beaches (it's an unusual occurrence, as whales don't usually appear back here). The anchor's opening line for the news:

"The Baltic sea has not seen a fish like that in one hudred years!"

*headdesks*

Offline Dashenka

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1761 on: August 22, 2015, 01:36:16 PM »
Beorning we both know that wasn't a whale....



it was a Russian submarine..


Ask the Swedes, they will know :)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1762 on: August 22, 2015, 01:55:04 PM »
Beorning we both know that wasn't a whale....


it was YO MOMMA!

Couldn't resist.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1763 on: August 22, 2015, 02:00:18 PM »
In France two Americans (some sources were saying their Marines but I'm unsure at the moment) stopped an armed gunman from going on a killing spree on a train.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/two-americans-overpower-gunman-in-france-train-shooting/ar-BBlYPyl?ocid=iehp

That's the way to do it. If you're gonna go down, try to take the killer with you, might end up surviving and saving the day. 8-)

Update: 3 civilians were injured but no reported death's yet and now the sources are saying 3 marines wrestled the gunman down.

Very brave inded. I've heard news outlets saying they were marines off duty or (others saying) civilians, either way it was very valiant.

Noticed the two female US rangers too - kudos to them!

Beorning we both know that wasn't a whale....



it was a Russian submarine..


Ask the Swedes, they will know :)

Bah!  :D
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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1764 on: August 23, 2015, 07:48:19 AM »
North korea is rattling it's sabers, and even china is getting sick of Kim 3's shit  :P
but that's not juicy enough for this site, howabout this!

http://news.yahoo.com/jury-weighs-fate-york-man-death-ray-case-171505004.html

Far right KKK nutcase builds what he believes is a death ray to kill muslims and "stop" barack obama... somehow...
he has convicted for trying to build a weapon of mass distruction.

See these fuckers make you ashamed to share a country and culture with them >,<

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1765 on: August 23, 2015, 10:00:48 AM »
North korea is rattling it's sabers, and even china is getting sick of Kim 3's shit  :P
but that's not juicy enough for this site, howabout this!

Kim Jong Ung: Electric Boogaloo!

As for the KKK guy, even a blind squirrel can find a nut. They should check the guy's home and make sure hes not trying to be the Unibomber 2.0

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1766 on: August 23, 2015, 10:15:01 AM »
North korea is rattling it's sabers, and even china is getting sick of Kim 3's shit  :P
but that's not juicy enough for this site, howabout this!

http://news.yahoo.com/jury-weighs-fate-york-man-death-ray-case-171505004.html

Far right KKK nutcase builds what he believes is a death ray to kill muslims and "stop" barack obama... somehow...
he has convicted for trying to build a weapon of mass distruction.

See these fuckers make you ashamed to share a country and culture with them >,<


Like this guy:D

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1767 on: August 23, 2015, 11:39:38 AM »
Very brave inded. I've heard news outlets saying they were marines off duty or (others saying) civilians, either way it was very valiant.

Noticed the two female US rangers too - kudos to them!

 I heard that too. Later now it seems it wasn't US Marines, but a US Air Force man, a Guardsman (not sure is National guard or Coastguard. Probably Nat. Guard), and a British IT consultant that jumped the would be terrorist shooter.  Those men deserve every bit of praise for stopping what would have been a horrific massacre. And it looks like they are getting the best care out there too.  :-)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1768 on: August 23, 2015, 06:54:36 PM »
French President will be awarding the heroes who stopped the train shooting!  ;D

These men are real heroes and its good that they are being recognized for doing what was right.  :-)

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Re: What's in the news?
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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1770 on: August 24, 2015, 05:55:06 AM »
ISIS make good on their earlier threats and blow up the Roman Temple of Bel in Palmyra. According to state Syrian sources as well as ISIS themselves, the magnificent temple was smashed from within with powerful explosives, and this afterwards made some of the outer colonnades fall in. It was one of the largest extant, and among the best preserved temples of classical antiquity. Ironically it had remained unassaulted for many centuries because it was converted into a mosque (and before that, I think, a church), so ISIS actually blew up a sanctuary of their own religion.  :P

A week or so earlier, news came through that they had killed an eighty-year old archaeologist who had stayed in the city and helped hide and bring into safety many smaller objects such as statues, Roman jewellery and urns - when he refused to tell the new bosses where those ancient pieces were hidden, and apparently under torture, they had him put to death. Effing bastards.  >:(

From one war zone to another: at a parade held on Ukraine's Independence Day in Kiev, president Poroshenko dismisses the breakaway republics on the eastern border and makes an unusual literary allusion: "Those are fictional countries, just like Mordor".

Well, at least he didn't go five steps further and say Russia was like Mordor.  ::)
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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1771 on: August 24, 2015, 10:46:36 AM »
ISIS make good on their earlier threats and blow up the Roman Temple of Bel in Palmyra. According to state Syrian sources as well as ISIS themselves, the magnificent temple was smashed from within with powerful explosives, and this afterwards made some of the outer colonnades fall in. It was one of the largest extant, and among the best preserved temples of classical antiquity. Ironically it had remained unassaulted for many centuries because it was converted into a mosque (and before that, I think, a church), so ISIS actually blew up a sanctuary of their own religion.  :P

A week or so earlier, news came through that they had killed an eighty-year old archaeologist who had stayed in the city and helped hide and bring into safety many smaller objects such as statues, Roman jewellery and urns - when he refused to tell the new bosses where those ancient pieces were hidden, and apparently under torture, they had him put to death. Effing bastards.  >:(

*goes full Charleston Heston about them being bastards and damming them to hell* They're wiping away history! Its painful for a history nerd like me! I can't believe this insane destruction.

And that poor old man, hes a hero if there ever was one. Standing up in the face of evil.

Offline Dashenka

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1772 on: August 24, 2015, 11:15:40 AM »
So many things I have to say about IS and how the world is doing the square root of Jack about them and all their crimes.....

But I shall not. Not here.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1773 on: August 24, 2015, 05:42:41 PM »
Apparently Bath Salts 2.0 is out and driving people insane. Its now called Flakka and hitting the streets hard.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/flakka-the-new-killer-drug-is-spreading-across-the-country/ar-BBm2ICF?ocid=HPCDHP


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Offline consortium11

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #1774 on: August 24, 2015, 06:29:51 PM »
Slate voting has not broken the Hugos.

Even setting aside the issue of whether an organized campaign to no-award categories on account of who the nominees were rather than the quality of their work counts as a slate breaking the awards, it's worth noting that it was the extreme Rabid Puppies who played kingmaker when it came to best novel; their support for Three Body Problem took it beyond The Goblin Emperor.

Which does raise another issue; the reason Three Body Problem didn't make the Rabid Puppies shortlist was because Vox Day/Theodore Beale hadn't read it by the time nominations had to be in. About a month later he did read it, really liked it and urged his followers to vote for it when it came onto the ballot due to another author dropping out. If Beale had read the book a month earlier and put it on his reading list then the novel that would have come second even without any Rabid Puppy support would have likely just been no-awarded. If anything that demonstrates a point both the Rabid and Sad Puppies were attempting to make; the Hugo Awards aren't about the quality of the entries.

Of course, that's a point anyone who's followed the Hugo's has known for a long time. Campaigning, networking and making the right friends who'll recommend you to the right people has always been a major part to getting a place on the ballot and then getting a win, especially in the less popular categories. GRRM, who's a fixture at Dragoncon, made that clear during his back and forth with Correia.