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Offline BeorningTopic starter

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3650 on: July 14, 2016, 11:37:17 PM »
Aaaaah! Why are they doing things like this???  :-[

Horrible. Truly horrible.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2016, 12:10:54 AM by Beorning »

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3651 on: July 15, 2016, 02:58:59 PM »
Even in the darkest moments, there are still heroes.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/amid-bloodbath-in-nice-hero-on-motorcycle-emerges/ar-BBuneaI?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=HPCOMMDHP15

Man on a motorcycle managed to get onto the Truck attacker's truck and forced the vehicle to stop, where the police finally shot the terrorist.

No one knows who this hero is and there are some unconfirmed reports that he went under the wheels and died, while others say he limped away.

(Calling it now, he was the Real Life Ghost Rider, avenging the souls of the innocent)  Jokes aside give that Biker a medal either way. That takes some real uncommon valor to do :)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3652 on: July 15, 2016, 03:44:05 PM »
There is an attempt for a military coup in Turkey going on right now.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jul/15/turkey-coup-attempt-military-gunfire-ankara

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3653 on: July 15, 2016, 03:50:41 PM »
There is an attempt for a military coup in Turkey going on right now.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2016/jul/15/turkey-coup-attempt-military-gunfire-ankara

Have the Coup forces given any indication of what their goal is?

Aside from ousting the current government.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3654 on: July 15, 2016, 03:57:04 PM »
Getting rid of Erdogan, I believe, and the current government, maintain democracy and human rights, as well as all foreign relationships.

It's not a big surprise, considering the past few years and Erdogan's government...

I'm following the Guardian right now - they have almost non stop updates.

Offline Renegade Vile

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3655 on: July 15, 2016, 04:47:24 PM »
Getting rid of Erdogan, I believe, and the current government, maintain democracy and human rights, as well as all foreign relationships.

It's not a big surprise, considering the past few years and Erdogan's government...

I'm following the Guardian right now - they have almost non stop updates.

Indeed, for those who can read Dutch: http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/960/Buitenland/article/detail/2797041/2016/07/15/LIVE-Leger-Turkije-verklaart-macht-te-hebben-overgenomen.dhtml

That's what this says essentially. Did not see that coming... yet. Turkey's been a powder keg for a while now, but this is sudden and soon.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3656 on: July 15, 2016, 05:43:32 PM »
Won't say I'm super surprised by this. Erdogan seems to have been trying to gain more and more power the past decade or so, and blocking people from using social media to protest. Then again, a military coup rarely succeeds, especially in a democratic country, so should be interesting to see how this plays out.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3657 on: July 16, 2016, 10:20:38 AM »
(Calling it now, he was the Real Life Ghost Rider, avenging the souls of the innocent)

Or Real Life Kamen Rider. :)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3658 on: July 16, 2016, 01:22:47 PM »
Nasa intentionally destroying the Juno probe on the possibility of alien existence.


http://www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/nasa-will-intentionally-destroy-a-dollar1-billion-spacecraft-in-case-aliens-exist/vi-BBud8md?ocid=HPCOMMDHP15

More than a little disconcerting.

But im for it for multiple reasons.

1: If there are aliens I don't want them hearing the probe and following it home.

2: Don't want to make a bad first contact by getting any friendly aliens sick with our Earth Germs.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3659 on: July 16, 2016, 02:13:09 PM »
Keep in mind that any data it collects will be/have been sent back to NASA.  They're just destroying the hardware.  Technically, the Voyager probes (which contain information intended to communicate with alien intelligence) are 'destroyed' - we're never getting them back - but the data that they transmit will eventually reach us.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3660 on: July 16, 2016, 02:34:34 PM »
That, and the 'aliens' in question aren't the green men in saucers kind, as far as I know. What they're doing is intentionally crashing Juno into Jupiter, to avoid any possibility that it might accidentally crash into Europa, where there is liquid water and we believe a possibility of life. We're talking microscopic/single-celled 'aliens' that our Earth germs might inadvertently contaminate the environment of before we can get there and study them.

Offline Lilias

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3661 on: July 16, 2016, 03:03:17 PM »
BFG corn maze open to the public.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-36794474

Coinciding with the launch of the Big Friendly Read.

Offline TaintedAndDelish

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3662 on: July 16, 2016, 07:52:14 PM »

That, and the 'aliens' in question aren't the green men in saucers kind, as far as I know. What they're doing is intentionally crashing Juno into Jupiter, to avoid any possibility that it might accidentally crash into Europa, where there is liquid water and we believe a possibility of life. We're talking microscopic/single-celled 'aliens' that our Earth germs might inadvertently contaminate the environment of before we can get there and study them.

And in this particular case, "WE" are the aliens invading another planet.

Is it too far of a stretch to think that if we did discover life on another planet, that we might abduct a few random specimens, examine them, probe their holes, and then either kill them or put them back into their habitat ? If we intended to return such specimens to their habitat, it would be helpful if we could somehow induce amnesia so they don't go contaminating their habitat with news of tall, mostly hairless  people from the stars. That sort of information could taint their culture for thousands of years.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3665 on: July 18, 2016, 04:52:18 PM »
Axe attack on a train in Germany.

Reports are saying 20 injured but from what I understand most of those are suffering from shock as opposed to direct physical injury; unreliable but seemingly more up to date stories point it as four people suffering from serious injuries.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3666 on: July 18, 2016, 05:48:09 PM »
Some local (Finnish) news site also quoted Bilde.de (can't read German to confirm). Apparently the young axe man was reported to have had a religious motive. This is just getting out of hand...

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3667 on: July 18, 2016, 06:06:59 PM »
Some local (Finnish) news site also quoted Bilde.de (can't read German to confirm). Apparently the young axe man was reported to have had a religious motive. This is just getting out of hand...

If you could link to the Bilde.de article, I could have a go at it.

Offline Cassandra LeMay

Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3668 on: July 19, 2016, 01:13:32 AM »
Axe attack on a train in Germany.

Reports are saying 20 injured but from what I understand most of those are suffering from shock as opposed to direct physical injury; unreliable but seemingly more up to date stories point it as four people suffering from serious injuries.
What all German media I have checked this morning report are 4 seriously injured, one light injury, 14 people suffering from shock, 1 dead attacker, for a total of 20.

As for a possible islamistic background, here's the relevant part of the Bild article:

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Der Täter attackierte die Passagiere mit einer Axt und einem Messer. Ein Sprecher des bayerischen Innenministeriums sagte, er schrie während der Tat „Allahu Akbar” (Gott ist groß).

„Es gibt schon Zeugenaussagen, die auf einen islamistischen Hintergrund deuten könnten. Das ist aber noch keineswegs erwiesen”, sagte der bayerische Innenminister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) im ZDF. Die Ermittler prüfen einen islamistischen Hintergrund
In short: Witnesses (Tagesschau only mentions one witness making that claim) claim the attacker shouted "allahu akbar" during the attack, but there is no proof yet of an islamistic terrorist motive. Police are still investigating.

According to public broadcaster ARD the four seriously injured victims are all from Hong Kong. If that means anything concerning the attacker's motive or if it was just coincidence I have no idea.

EDIT: Just now (TV interview, 9am German time) the Bavarian minster of the interior (i.e. the minister in charge of Bavaria's police) stated that a hand-painted ISIS flag has been found in the home of the attacker, but he also cautioned that it was too early to speak of a terrorist attack, as it is still unclear if the attacker had radical islamistic motives, thought of himself as a jihadist or terrorist, or had perhaps quite different motives.
« Last Edit: July 19, 2016, 02:17:55 AM by Cassandra LeMay »

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3669 on: July 19, 2016, 03:27:06 AM »
If you could link to the Bilde.de article, I could have a go at it.

http://www.bild.de/wa/ll/bild-de/unangemeldet-42925516.bild.html Just in case you wanted to still give it a read.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3670 on: July 19, 2016, 07:07:42 AM »

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3672 on: July 19, 2016, 07:20:37 PM »
IS digging in as Iraqi army and coalition forces push in to retake Mosul.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/islamic-state-braces-for-imminent-iraqi-siege-to-retake-mosul/ar-BBuvR5Q?li=BBnbcA1&ocid=HPCOMMDHP15

It seems they have initiated the same slash and burn tactics as Saddam Hussein. They are setting some oil wells on fire as Coalition forces move in.

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3673 on: July 20, 2016, 06:49:24 AM »
Only just found out that Boris Johnson has been given the portfolio of Foreign Secretary (and went to the 14 July state reception in Paris). Yikes!  ::)

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Re: What's in the news?
« Reply #3674 on: July 21, 2016, 08:03:42 AM »
Only just found out that Boris Johnson has been given the portfolio of Foreign Secretary (and went to the 14 July state reception in Paris). Yikes!  ::)

I felt some glee when I heard that. So he doesn't get to escape the mess he made.

OT: A tale of two brothers.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/brother-of-belgian-terrorist-heading-for-the-olympics-a-1103743.html