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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    Instagram is even more depressing than Facebook.
    Krasnova’s research has led her to define what she calls an “envy spiral” peculiar to social media. “If you see beautiful photos of your friend on Instagram,” she says, “one way to compensate is to self-present with even better photos, and then your friend sees your photos and posts even better photos, and so on. Self-promotion triggers more self-promotion, and the world on social media gets further and further from reality.”



    Thanks, everyone. Enjoying this thread. Also, FUCK YOU, DAILY MAIL.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    Well did you know that the Daily Mail, back in 1910, was responsible for the creation of the MI5 ?

    Here's a history of the agency and its ties to journalism by Adam Curtis, exposing decades of incompetence, corruption, treachery and just plain lies :

    William Le Queux was a popular novelist in the early part of the twentieth century. He was half French, half British and he wrote books with wonderful titles like Strange Tales of a Nihilist.

    Le Queux had started off as a journalist on the Daily Mail - but then had travelled around Europe getting to know lots of famous and infamous people. But as he did so he became convinced that many of the European countries, but most of all Germany, envied Britain and wanted to get their hands on the wealth of the Empire.

    The trouble was that the British people didn't realise this. So Le Queux set out to warn them - above all by telling them that the Germans were sending spies to Britain to prepare for an invasion.

    But the ruling classes in Britain laughed at Le Queux. They said it was just fiction - which it was. Plus he wasn't really British and he hadn't been to a proper school, he was far too vulgar and insistent in his patriotism. In short he was a bore.

    So Le Queux did what anyone in their right mind would do in such a situation. He turned to the Daily Mail.

    He wrote a gripping account of a future German invasion of Britain and took it to Lord Northcliffe who ran the Mail. It was called "The Invasion of 1910" and it described how the Germans landed in East Anglia and marched on London.

    Northcliffe loved it - but the Mail's circulation department said that many of the towns on Le Queux's invasion route didn't have many actual or potential Daily Mail readers in them.

    So Lord Northcliffe changed the route of the invasion to make sure that all the towns that were sacked and pillaged had lots of Daily Mail readers. Here is the map of the invasion as agreed with the circulation department.

    The serialisation was an enormous success. The prime minister got up in the House of Commons and said Le Queux was "a pernicious scaremonger" and that the story was "calculated to alarm the more ignorant public opinion at home."

    Then things started getting out of control. Thousands of Daily Mail readers sent Le Queux letters telling him that they had spotted people acting suspiciously - which meant they must be German spies.

    The letters were mirror images of what Le Queux had written in his books. But rather than making him suspicious, Le Queux decided that this proved that what he had written as fiction must actually be true. There was a gigantic German spy ring in Britain.

    Thousands of Daily Mail readers couldn't be wrong.

    The man whose job it was to uncover spies in Britain was very excited by all this. he was called Colonel Edmonds. He had a tiny budget and two assistants - and noone on the General Staff bothered with him.

    But now Col. Edmonds saw his chance. He teamed up with Le Queux and together they bombarded the Committee for Imperial Defence with the evidence from the Daily Mail readers. Edmonds said that the government should set up a "secret service bureau" to combat the threat.

    The head of the Committee - Lord Haldane - said this was ridiculous. But even he couldn't stand against the wave of spy fever that was sweeping the country. He gave in - and MI5 was set up - created in large part by the dreams of a socially excluded novelist, and the paranoid imaginings of the readers of the Daily Mail.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    Men in Sweden warned after sighting of testicle-eating fish

    Experts have warned men to keep their swimwear on if swimming in the Øresund channel between Denmark and Sweden after a fisherman discovered a pacu fish - dubbed the “ball cutter” for its habit of attacking male genitalia.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    Religious family fleeing US by sailboat goes adrift, winds up in Chile
    A northern Arizona family that was lost at sea for weeks in an ill-fated attempt to leave the U.S. over what they consider government interference in religion will fly back home Sunday.
    Hannah Gastonguay said her family was fed up with government control in the U.S. As Christians they don't believe in "abortion, homosexuality, in the state-controlled church," she said.
    U.S. "churches aren't their own," Gastonguay said, suggesting that government regulation interfered with religious independence.
    Among other differences, she said they had a problem with being "forced to pay these taxes that pay for abortions we don't agree with."
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    @Foamhead, I probably shouldn't have sent the Gastonguays that thank you card after they paid for my fifth abortion, huh. And here I just thought I was being polite.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    I guess they're okay with american tax money paying for their flight back home, though ?

    That whole article is to die for, really...

    Hannah Gastonguay, 26, said Saturday that she and her husband "decided to take a leap of faith and see where God led us"

    Well obviously He wanted you to go back home ?

    he said they wanted to go to Kiribati because "we didn't want to go anywhere big." She said they understood the island to be "one of the least developed countries in the world."

    And what made you think you'd be welcome there ?

    "We were in the thick of it, but we prayed," she said. "Being out on that boat, I just knew I was going to see some miracles."

    They watched the surrounding storms disperse, and "next thing you know the sun is out. It's amazing."

    Yup that's a miracle all right. Did you know there were wizards on the radio who can predict such things ? It's called the "weather forecast".

    Hannah Gastonguay said the family will now "go back to Arizona" and "come up with a new plan."

    Be afraid. Be VERY AFRAID.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013 edited
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    Just noticed something petty minor. Seeing as they find homosexuality objectionable enough to set sail in search of somewhere in the world it presumably doesn't exist, how do you suppose they pronounce the last syllable/part of their surname?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    "Goo-ay-ss" ?
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    Dog the Bounty Hunter to pursue Snowden Bounty
    When asked if he had a message for Snowden, Dog became agitated and began to rant, “Every Dog has its day, but Snowden, your days are numbered. Me and Beth are gonna catch you and bring ya to justice, the American way. If you’re listenin’ slick Eddy, the Dog’s comin’ for ya. You can run, but you can’t hide brah. The Dog has picked up your trail.”
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013 edited
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    @ icelandbob: Y'know, the episode where the FSB take Mr Dog on a "private tour" of the Lubyanka's basement might actually be worth watching.

    That hairstyle and dress sense of his has at least got to make them suspect he's gay.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2013
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    There are stories that make you uncomfortable.

    There are stories that make you squirm.

    And there are stories with lines like “They bite because they're hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth,” he told the paper. that make you go, "NOPENOPENOPENOPENOPENOPE!"
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    Yeah, that's what I was thinking when I posted that story here yesterday.

    *cries forever*
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    Aww, Woody.

    [Spin-Mode]

    Look at it this way: RenThing might be doing what I've come close to many, many times - reading a really good post here (ie yours!) and immediately thinking "I've GOT to put this on Whitechapel!"

    Either that or he hates you so much, he's blocked the entirety of your existence from his brain. *shrugs*
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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013 edited
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    You'll want plenty of popcorn for this one, folks.

    So, there's this whiny bunch of homophobes called Straight Pride UK. Predictable bunch - despite claiming they're not religious they emphasize 'traditional family values', celebrate the fine work of Thatcher and Putin, yadda yadda.

    Journalist Oliver Hotham writes to their press officer, identifying himself as a journo and asks a few questions about their beliefs. Standard stuff.
    They reply with a 'press release' which covers some of the points. Hotham extracts those points, does a blogpost about it. Here is that blogpost. (If you're wondering why that's hosted at Github... read on.)

    Straight Pride UK's press officer respond by issuing a DMCA takedown of the piece to Wordpress, on grounds of Hotham having published the contents of their email. Which was, let's not forget, labelled as a press release. Wordpress have no choice, Hotham can't afford to contest it, Hotham pulls the piece. Details of that part of the story are here, in the post Hotham did about the original post.

    This, my droogies, is merely preamble.

    Today, the story hit Twitter. Straight Pride UK have already thrown further DMCA's at Hotham and have reported his Twitter for abuse because he posted "welcome to the Streisand Effect", are continuing to demand Hotham takes down his blogpost about the blogpost...

    To get into the fun: follow @OliverHotham, check out @JackOfKent getting in on the fun and - if you really have to - take a look at @StraightPride themselves. Then wash your hands.
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    @cat vincent... ahhh, I just went to the straight pride website... if that really isn't a spoof, the stupid could crush atoms...
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013 edited
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    @StraightPrideUK seem to have made their tweets protected. Poor, persecuted 'majority'.

    eta: Apparently, being the traditional family values patriots that they are, SPUK registered their website to .com but not .co.uk. Can anyone guess what's on straightprideuk.co.uk?
    • CommentAuthorsteevo
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    No offense, Wood, you seem cool, but hey everybody, can we please make posting the same thing as Wood a day later the new WC meme? Gets me every time.
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    I think Wood posted that yesterday.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013
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    How about a new thread dedicated to re-posting all things Wood?
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2013 edited
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    we can call it: The Mill. Or possibly Leafing through the Internet: a History of Wood.