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    • CommentTimeJun 12th 2012
    That's not the writer, that's the sheriff.
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    I stand corrected.
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    Magnetic Island Spooked by 'giant black cat'

    Dramatic re-enactment of how ominous the cat might be, should it indeed be a panther, and should it be prowling from a tree branch.
    • CommentAuthorDC
    • CommentTimeJun 13th 2012
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012
    @celan, DJ - probably also worth bearing in mind that That Oatmeal Guy's first internet venture was a scam that used hidden links in those shitty online quizzes to manipulate Google's page rank of his dating website.

    Google eventually dropped the hammer on him for that, so he had to come up with a site with some sort of actual content; thus, The Oatmeal.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJun 14th 2012
    So, the Egyptian military has effectively engineered a coup.

    The Supreme Court has ruled the laws under which the new Parliament was lected invalid and dissolved it.

    The military has effectively declared martial law with the military given authority to detain civilians.

    All this comes a couple of days before a Presidential election runoff between Ahmed Shafiq who was Prime minsiter under Mubarak and Mohammed Morsi. Morsi is a member of the Muslim Brotherhood but he was being backed by virtually all the pro-democracy groups and had agreed, for example, to appoint two leading secular politicians as his Vice-Presidents.

    Morsi is calling for the Presidential election to proceed and in a fair poll would probably win easily (He got roughly 25% of the vote in the first round, the other cadnidates who have endorsed him got roughly 40% between them.)

    But I seriously doubt this is going to be a fair poll.
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2012 edited
    I'm calling a repeat of Algeria '92. There's no way this ends well.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2012
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    The Ocean X Team dove down to the circle-shaped object in the Baltic Sea and met something they never experienced before. First they thought it was just stone or a rock cliff, but after further observations the object appeared more as a huge mushroom, rising 3-4 meters/10-13 feet from the seabed, with rounded sides and rugged edges. The object had an egg shaped hole leading into it from the top, as an opening. On top of the object they also found strange stone circle formations, almost looking like small fireplaces. The stones were covered in something resembling soot.

    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2012
    I just heard over the radio that the 'kindness' book guy confessed to shooting himself.
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2012
    @ Vorn- what the fuck? For a second I thought it was some kind of viral movie trailer thing, but this is really occurring?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2012 edited
    @Finagle : Yup, here's a confirmation from Associated Press

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A West Virginia man who claimed to be a victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural Montana highway while working on a memoir called "Kindness in America" has confessed to shooting himself, authorities said Friday.

    Ray Dolin of Julian, W. Va., 39, made the acknowledgement Thursday night, said Valley County Sheriff Glen Meier.

    The case remains under investigation and charges are possible, though none have been filed.

    Dolin claimed he was hitchhiking along U.S. Highway 2 west of Glasgow on Saturday when the driver of a maroon pickup pulled over and shot him in the arm.

    Note that his name changed from Ray Doland to Ray Dolin.
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    Yeah, seems so - I dive in the Baltic quite a lot and that "millennium falcon" was reported last summer. If it's a movie viral, it's a pretty damn well done :)
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2012 edited
    Anybody read Greek?

    Assuming I'm reading this right, New Democracy is leading SYRTIZA with 30% to 26%. PASOK is in third place with 13%.

    Seats: ND 131 Syrtiza 69 PASOK 34

    New Democracy and PASOK should win 160+ seats for a relatively comfortable Parliamentary majority.
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2012 edited
    @Kosmopolit -

    Maybe I'm overly optimistic, but I just don't believe that Greece will crash the world economy. I personally feel that the press and investment analysts together are whipping this up into the equivalent of an Avian flu story. Greece is 1/2 of 1% or so of the world economy, and their creditors *could* write off that debt and never feel it.

    What about the next couple of dominos to fall - Spain, Portugal, Italy? None of them are in the same league as Greece. Greece will get abandoned; Spain and Italy and any other more Western democracies will get bailed out by Germany, and that will be the end of it. It will wind up being a nonstory, aside from a lot of German bitching. It may lead to a 1% or so drag on the world economy, which will suck and lead to increased malaise, but it isn't going to suddenly crash the world economy.
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    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2012
    Maybe he decided that we couldn't all just get along after all.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2012
    Chinese construction company Broad Group say they're going to build the world's tallest building.

    In 1/20th the time it took to build the previous titleholder and at half the cost, thanks to a radical pre-fab system.

    Sky city One is intended to be, in effect, an arcology, housing 100,000 people. The building is claimed to require only 1/5th the energy of a conventional building the same size due to radical levels of insulation incorporated into the structure.
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    Hmm. A huge, budget-priced Chinese building, constructed in a fraction of the normal time. Nope, I don't see any problems there.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2012
    It's not the first building constructed using this technique.

    There's a 15 story hotel constructed using the same technique that's been open for a couple of years and they build a 30-story prototype which withstood a simulated 9.0 earthquake.