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Found 74 results

  1. :crylaugh: How not to restore a classic painting
  2. 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.
  3. Is burning down. The earths largest oxygen provider. Bolsonaro seems content to let what he cant profit from burn. The global right wing is a very serious existential threat.
  4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-40007886 This doesn't sound good. Confirmed fatalities.
  5. 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!
  6. 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?
  7. Massive Category 5 storm with 200mph winds and 20ft storm surge. "Likely catastrophic damage" expected in The Bahamas.
  8. Poor old Dean, in the pen. 10 months for refusing a breath specimen. Gutted for him, but you can't condone drink driving. On the bright side, at least he'll be first pick for the xmas, 5 a side competition.
  9. 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 what's going to happen. Bet the Israelis are shitting themselves.
  10. sne

    India & Pakistan

    So this long running conflict is escalating again during recent weeks. 2 countries with tons of nuclear arms capacity who are now attacking each other. https://apnews.com/75b2e4053b994e159dd5a9af6b77ad72 Since this Pakistan has now closed their air space to all air traffic. (If there already is a topic on this please feel free to merge or close)
  11. 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.
  12. BBC What the actual ****
  13. 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.
  14. maqroll

    Saudi Arabia

    I'm assuming this is a crown prince production-
  15. stewiek2

    Venezuela

    http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/02/20/the-game-changed/
  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. 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.
  18. All kicking off again I do use facebook but even still I would love it of they banned facebook in this country although I cannot see it as too much money is now involved.
  19. maqroll

    Syria

    Bit of a flashpoint right now, with China and Russia refusing to side up with the UN Security Council, the Arab League essentially giving Assad the green light, and everyone wringing their hands trying to decide what to do next. If there was oil there, Assad would probably be dead by now, of course. But when confronted with just a humanitarian crisis, do countries with power have a moral obligation to help?
  20. 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. invaded Panama. If Bush Jr. didn't invade Iraq, I think he would have invaded Venezuela. It's a cynical quick fix for American presidents.
  21. well one bellend with a drone has managed to shut down one of the busiest airports in the world for 24 hours simply by flying it around so can't see a rush for massdrones dropping parcels everywhere
  22. maqroll

    Knife Violence

    London has overtaken NYC in homicides recently. What explains this surge in violence? Is it any safer in Birmingham?

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