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    It wants all of us dead, even those of us who live here.

    But on the subject of Australia...

    Viking ship spotted off remote NT island
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2012
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    @ Purple Wyrm

    Wait a second, I don't really get it...

    Residents on a remote island in the Northern Territory were shocked to see what looked like a Viking ship sail past yesterday.
    Police say they received a report of residents seeing the unusual boat off the coast of Elcho Island in Arnhem Land.


    Why did people call the police ? Did they think they were going to be raided and plundered by actual vikings ? Have they never seen a replica ship ?

    "Police and local rangers patrolled the area and came across the vessel with swords drawn," Watch Commander Gary Smith said.


    Swords ? Who had swords ? The police ? The "Vikings" ? I don't realy get that part.
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    *Especially* those of us who live here, PW. Especially us.

    As for the the Viking invasion - I don't get it either. "Calling the police" on Elcho might involve a CB if the cop had gone fishing, but in all likelihood was just "Oi, Frank, look over there." I guess a Viking ship passing was probably just about the most interesting thing that's happened there since the Chooky Dancers' Zorba went viral, and considering that everyone was standing around staring it would just have been plain rude if someone hadn't called the police. He'd have felt snubbed, which is serious business in a small town.
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    Actually, on seeing a few other articles it appears that the locals thought the viking ship might be transporting refugees - which has unfortunately been a hot button issue here for years.

    So they weren't so much worried about vikings plundering their women and cattle as a handful of foreigners sneaking into the country and destroying our job-market/economy/culture/precious bodily fluids.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2012
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    In the meantime, I found another, more detailed article : Viking ship sparks suspicion on remote NT island

    Ranger Damien Clayton said the initial reports suggested the boat could be carrying asylum seekers.

    "We had reports a wooden boat was anchored out just offshore of the community on the western side (of Elcho Island) that looked a bit suspicious," he said.

    "It slowly moved around to the eastern side then we got more reports it could possibly be asylum seekers or illegal immigrants.
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      CommentAuthorcurb
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2012
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2012
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    Meta News Info Internet Archive: TV News
    Plug in a search term. See you in a few hours.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 18th 2012 edited
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    Nikola Tesla's FBI file, obtained through freedom of information act.
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    Russia admits to having ‘trillions of carats’ worth of diamonds hidden in an asteroid crater

    -"...a cache of diamonds that could supply global markets for another 3,000 years"

    -"...the deposit of super-hard diamonds contained in rocks of the Popigai crypto-explosion structure is massive — about trillions of carats."

    -"...geologists say there is enough raw material in the crater to supply global demand for centuries to come."
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2012
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    Chick-Fil-A Promises Not To Fund “Anti-Gay Groups,” Advocates Claim

    A Chicago advocacy group says that the restaurant Chick-fil-A has promised to back away from funding socially conservative groups that have pressed to limit marriage to one man and one woman.

    The apparent decision by the chain's WinShape Foundation would mark a retreat from the summer's culture war pitting advocates of marriage equality against conservative claims that the chain was under assault for simple free speech. The comments came, the group The Civil Rights Agenda said, in correspondence with a Chicago alderman who had opposed the chain's expansion to the city.

    “The WinShape Foundations is now taking a much closer look at the organizations it considers helping, and in that process will remain true to its stated philosophy of not supporting organizations with political agendas," the chain is said to have written in a letter to Alderman Proco Moreno. The Chicago group added in a press release: "In meetings the company executives clarified that they will no longer give to anti-gay organizations, such as Focus on the Family and the National Organization for Marriage."
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeSep 20th 2012
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeSep 21st 2012
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    a) I hope this is true.
    b) I hope she gets away with it.

    Iranian Woman Beats the Crap Out of Cleric for Telling Her to Cover Up
    Hojatoleslam Ali Beheshti said he encountered the woman in the street while on his way to the mosque in the town of Shahmirzad, and asked her to cover herself up, to which she replied “you, cover your eyes,” according to Mehr. The cleric repeated his warning, which he said prompted her to insult and push him.
    “I fell on my back on the floor,” Beheshti said in the report. “I don’t know what happened after that, all I could feel was the kicks of this woman who was insulting me and attacking me.”
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2012
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    Ben Goldacre - The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal
    The doctors prescribing the drugs don't know they don't do what they're meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they're not telling.
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    Any Warren sightings in New Zealand lately?

    NZ man gets eel stuck in bottom
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd 2012
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    Eeels . . . . eels up inside you, finding an exit where they can . . .
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    I think you'll find it's "finding an entrance where they can".

    If they were adept at finding exits, he wouldn't have had to go to the hospital, after all.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2012 edited
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    Pt. 2464195387 in the We're All DOOMED! Series:

    New 'Sars-like' virus found in UK
    A new respiratory illness similar to the Sars virus that spread globally in 2002 and killed hundreds of people has been identified in a man who is being treated in Britain.
    The 49-year-old man, who was transferred to a London hospital by air ambulance from Qatar, is the second person confirmed with the coronavirus.
    The first case was a patient in Saudi Arabia who has since died.
    Both from the Middle East... Fox News must be warming-up their hysterical headline generator by now.


    (You can blame Purple Wyrm & StefanJ for this)
    • CommentAuthorstevefrank
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2012
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    Hey Kay Orchison. I really like your video.. Great.