Summer hiatus is now over. Still have some stuff to take care of but no need to let that get in the way of writing that I really want to do. So! What have I got in store for you? The Top 300 Games list will, of course, keep going, probably later today. But first! First I have this little diddy for you. Here it is!
I check a few news sites daily and on one of them, Sweden’s biggest news site Aftonbladet, they have a sidebar with a bunch of stories. In the last year or so, they’ve started putting advertisements there, almost masquerading as news stories. They have a different color and it says “ad” or something next to it, but if you’re really fast, you don’t get that it’s not a proper news story. Not that most of the stories on that site are proper news stories… it’s become more of a tabloid than a real newspaper, but what the hell…
One of the ads that are featured on there says something like “Lottery winner bought breast augmentations for her and her sisters”. I clicked it and I figured, hey, why not try to find pictures of these girls. They might look nice! So I google a bit and find a British forum that mention these girls, referencing what seems to be the original news article in some random local newspaper. Anyway, that’s not what’s interesting. What’s interesting is the date that the forum post was made. January 31st in 2006. Four and a half years ago! And now this Swedish “newspaper” is running the ad (for the betting site Nordicbet btw) like it’s news. Just how desperate for exposure and clicks are these people?
Let me show you the single most brilliant news text that has ever been published:
(Reuters) – A German student created a major traffic jam in Bavaria after making a rude gesture at a group of Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang members, hurling a puppy at them and then escaping on a stolen bulldozer.
That bit of genius is from this news report. I don’t think I should have to say more. The text sort of says it all, don’t you think? If anyone can find anything that tops that collection of 36 magical words, let me know!
Yes, of course. Elected Democrats held a rally in New York, calling for the “terrorists” who organized the Ship to Gaza flotilla to be banned from the US so they can’t get into the country. They want visas to be denied and all that jazz. I love how they call aid workers terrorists and how a humanitarian aid effort is somehow a terrorist action. Goddamn idiots.
This morning, Israel attacked an aid convoy on international waters. They boarded the convoy using helicopters and warships and when they met resistance, they killed 19 civilian people and injured upwards to 60 others. On international waters. The way I see it, in this case Israel is no better than the modern day pirates on the coast of Africa. They have once again stepped over the line and decided that they are above international laws, regulations and human rights. For the umpteenth time. It’s tiresome to see them get away with it over and over just because they have the United States of America at their heel at each and every turn. As an American, I would feel ashamed that my government is aiding a terrorist nation. Pathetic.
I’ve read through the reports in the Swedish press as well as the ones from CNN and Al-Jazeera. It’s interesting and a bit scary to see the differences in reporting. On CNN, it’s 10 people dead. On Al-Jazeera and in Sweden, it’s 19 dead, 60 injured. Go figure. Count on the US media to give a “nuanced” account. Pathetic.
I’m just tired that Israel keeps getting away with abominable acts like these. All the time, over and over. And then at the end of the day, they still have that wall that’s one of the biggest jokes on human rights in history. Especially in light of history. We’re supposed to learn from it. Israel clearly doesn’t learn from history, yet they keep playing the Holocaust Sympathy Card (that’s trademarked by the Jews, I believe) all the time. Pathetic.
What the US government does in this situation will be interesting, but I don’t expect anything groundbreaking. Obama, Biden or Clinton will say that it’s an unfortunate situation, bla bla bla yada yada yada. The usual. No repercussions. Israel will be able to keep taking a huge dump on the whole Middle-East and the international community as a whole and they will keep getting away with it. Pathetic.
I’ve never liked Israel, the state, and I probably never will. They break so many international laws over and over, yet continue to be coddled with. It’s goddamn pathetic.