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  1. Very interesting times at the moment. Prince Andrew's involvement with convicted child abusers Prince Philip looks to be on his last legs Prince Harry trying to opt out of the family business and having showdown talks today with the boss.
  2. Surely deserving of their own thread by now. Anyway, I expect we'll get to doing a bit of discussing given the current viral outbreak. Just the simple measure of shutting down all flights/trains etc. departing the city of Wuhan, population ~ 11million. ~600 infected, ~20dead thus far with lots of interesting images all over the web of how serious they are treating it in places like Shanghai and Beijing. These numbers should rise rapidly as the infection appears to have a 3-10 day latent period. Media are sure to latch on over here as soon as the first person one of "ours" becom
  3. As a depressing ex manager once said, "We go again" Same rules as before... You get five names. Five. If you list more than five names then any names from six onwards won't count. 100 points for a dead celebrity. 200 points if that celebrity is below 40 years of age on the day they die. The number of points is divided equally between every person who guesses correctly. If you are the only person to name somebody who dies then you get the full hundred. If five people guess, it's twenty points each. Decimal scores will be rounded up, ie, if three people guess then they get 34 poin
  4. stewiek2

    Venezuela

    http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/02/20/the-game-changed/
  5. :crylaugh: How not to restore a classic painting
  6. Chicago is experiencing a savage spike in gun violence, but there was an especially appalling -- although not unusual -- example last night. When you see headlines like this, it makes you wonder how America is so different from Kabul or eastern Ukraine or the favelas of Brazil, you know? Horrifying ... one **** night!
  7. What am I missing about this? It seems that Australian news outlets are insisting through their government that anywhere their content appears they want to be paid for it. Google had an argument with them but ultimately decided to pay up to the larger players (read Murdoch). Facebook haven't agreed and have removed Australian news sources from their site - causing a public outcry. Now for me, Facebook is a private website, if they decide they don't want to allow certain content on their site, that's up to them isn't it? If it was happening here, I could still go to th
  8. maqroll

    Saudi Arabia

    I'm assuming this is a crown prince production-
  9. maqroll

    Russia

    Putin has proven to be a very formidable figure. He has improbably tilted the scales back to Russia, politically. Their cyber warfare and propaganda capability seems to be second to none, and they're flexing military force. He's now just had extremely harsh words for the US about the airfield bombing. Trump is stupid, impetuous and reactionary, which makes him dangerous, but Putin is smart, savvy, ruthless and globally ambitious. And that makes him sinister. Interesting times.
  10. Harvey Weinstein. What a spectacular fall from grace. I'm guessing there are dozens more victims, maybe more than that. Hard to believe some of these "startled" movie stars though, I'm sure they heard stories. Ultimately it was a woman no longer attached to the industry to raise the alarm on him.
  11. Pretty bad situation unfolding in London this morning which a huge tower block ablaze and at risk of collapse... Pictures look horrific, given the time it's happened itslikely most people were in bed. Hope they got out before it took hold.
  12. sidcow

    2021

    So not long now before we leave behind probably the worst year the world has seen since WW2. What does 2021 hold for us? What are your hopes, dreams and musings about what 2021 might bring. It seems likely to start off even worse than 2020 ends but hopefully the vaccines can start to make a quick improvement if they can roll them out fast enough. Personally I just want to see people more, go to a pub. My son turned 18 in November and all he has wanted to do is buy me a beer. That is something I look forward to. I hope the economy will bounce back quickly. So many peopl
  13. It seems that 2 masked gunmen have stormed the offices of French magazine, Charlie Hebdo and have murdered at least 11 people, including apparently two policemen.
  14. Can't have an Apocalypse without the involvement of The Morning Star. Pretty sure they are going to announce evidence of life on Venus in a couple of hours.
  15. News is just coming out about these horrible stabbing attacks in Birmingham in the city centre. Not too much info yet about how many hurt, but I hope you're all safe!
  16. Over 40 people dead after a right wing word removed decided he wanted to be a terrorist and walks into a mosque and executes everyone he can find. And decides to live stream it. Horrific. Disgusting. There are serious questions to be asked about how media and the internet has become a breeding ground for hatred.
  17. LondonLax

    Belarus

    Things are looking a bit spicy in Belarus at the moment! Can anyone tell me how this ends? Are we looking at a rerun of Ukraine? https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2020/08/16/belarus-leader-says-putin-offers-help-as-pressure-builds-a71160
  18. Couple of major explosions reported in Beirut. Here's one of them... Gonna be a lot of broken families tonight. Horrifying.
  19. Wasn't sure about this, but thought it deserved a thread, not least since it's a massive story (all flights cancelled today as protesters blocked the airport) and it could be heading somewhere more unpleasant fairly soon: Where do people see the situation leading, short term, medium term and long term?
  20. So, some world-changing events taking place. Interesting comparisons with the Iranian revolution (western puppet regime falls, no Plan B, uncertain response); China's Tianenman Square demo (demonstrators facing down armoured vehicles, uncertainty on the part of the armed forces about what to do); perhaps some aspects of the eastern European stuff from 20 years back, with the slow shift of popular opinion creating a mass that the established repression and torture apparatus just couldn't cope with. But crucially, this could reshape the politics of the entire region, and right now no-one knows w
  21. You would think that the longer this crisis goes on, the more authoritarian many governments will become. They will use the pandemic as a convenient excuse to apply an iron grip on their populations. If fundamental aspects of the global economy break down or become obsolete, there will be a massive shift in how societies structure themselves and what people do with their lives.
  22. Just when you've seen the most depraved and cruel rape case coming out of India, another new story shocks the soul. What makes it even more scary for women over there is that often times it's a male family member (or more) committing the crime. Who do you turn to when even your father and uncles and cousins are the perpetrators? And the courts and police are useless while society at large shrugs it off. Rape obviously is a problem in every society and culture, but is seems like India is fertile ground for sexual violence. People should not travel there in protest to motivate the gov
  23. I figure a catchall thread would be good for this part of the world. I'm starting one now because one time hero Daniel Ortega is now a murderous tyrant as 70% of the roads in Nicaragua are currently blocked by protesters who want him to resign. The heady days of the Sandinistas seem a long time ago. Ortega's armed forces are shooting to kill and are killing. He's got a civilian paramilitary carrying out most of it. I wouldn't be surprised if Trump sends the marines in there, it would be an easy win and he can rouse his base with it as the midterm elections near. Reagan invaded Grenada, Bush Sr
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