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    Quote Originally Posted by flamebeam View Post
    holy f***ing s***, it's World War III, a.k.a. Nuclear War. well, it was nice knowing you all, but if anyone attacks New York City, well, it won't hit me directly, but I'll probably get radiation poisoning. best case scenario, I become a mutant and develop cool powers like the X-Men
    North Korea will most likely not carry out their threat, and even if they do, it will only end badly for them. The United States has said that they are fully prepared to protect against a North Korean nuke, and I believe this 100%. The aftermath of the failed nuke would only cause more anger towards North Korea, so they would be better off just making empty threats.
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    i just wish all this international turmoil would disappear. i know there are other world problems like hunger and poverty, but none of these will ever get solved without worldwide cooperation

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    Pope Francis I: Argentina's Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is new Catholic leader

    VATICAN CITY - Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires was named leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics on Wednesday after being elected pope. He will be known as Pope Francis I.

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    The archbishop of Buenos Aires is the Argentine-born son of an Italian railway worker. Seen as a compassionate conservative, he reportedly came in second during the 2005 balloting that ultimately elected Benedict XVI.

    The 76-year-old Jesuit prizes simplicity and humility and would encourage priests to do shoe-leather evangelization, his biographer says.
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    I saw it on the internet this morning (Australian time). And actually, he will be known as simply Francis not Francis I. He won't be known as Francis I until there is a Francis II (which may happen in the future). And also (for trivia buffs out there), he is the 264th Pope and not 266th the media is claiming, as Pope Benedict IX was elected three times as Pope. And in addition, Francis is the first non-European Pope since Pope Gregory III (who was born in Syria and was Pope from 731 to 741).
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    I just saw the guy's track record. It looks like his papacy is not going to be any different from Benedict's. Not that I'm surprised or anything, just pointing that out.
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    News for the Aussie forum members with a meeting of the Australian Labor Party taking place at 16:30 AEDT today. So we may have a new prime minister before dinner time tonight (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-2...crisis/4586250). It should also be noted that Julia Gillard (who is the current Prime Minister) announced this in Parliament just when Question Time began in the House of Representatives that there will be a meeting at 16:30 AEDT.

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    Labor's internal divisions have reached crisis point, with party elder Simon Crean calling on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to spill all leadership positions, and demanding Kevin Rudd stand against her.

    Mr Crean fronted reporters in Canberra this lunchtime, shortly after the Government withdrew its contentious media reform bills because they had failed to attract enough support in the House of Representatives.

    The former leader, who has discussed opening up the leadership twice in the last two days with the Prime Minister, said he did not expect Ms Gillard to agree to the spill.

    But he said that if she did not, he would be calling on other Caucus members to urge her to do so.

    That would require a petition signed by more than one third of caucus, in this case 35 people, asking for a special meeting to decide the leadership.

    And he said that in that case, former PM Mr Rudd would have "no option" but to run.

    "I don't want any more games, I'm sick to death of it, it's about time he stood up and instead of having his camp leak things, actually have the courage of his conviction and his belief," he said.

    Earlier, Mr Crean had urged those MPs agitating for a spill to "pull back" and stop destabilising the Government, saying disunity was killing the party.
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    North Korea threatens nuclear attack on US bases in Japan

    The threat came one day after Pyongyang condemned the use of the nuclear-capable bombers in the drills as "unpardonable provocation".

    The aircraft are based at Andersen Air Force base in the Pacific island of Guam and flew over South Korea as part of annual joint exercises, while missile-carrying attack submarines can operate out of Japanese ports.

    "We cannot tolerate the US carrying out nuclear strike drills, setting us up as targets, and advertising them as strong warning messages," as spokesman for the North Korean military was quoted as saying by the state-run KCNA news agency.

    "The US should not forget that the Andersen base ... as well as naval bases on Japan's main island and Okinawa are all within the range of our precision target assets," he said.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-in-Japan.html

    That's the tenth "threat" this week right? I've lost count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    North Korea threatens nuclear attack on US bases in Japan



    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-in-Japan.html

    That's the tenth "threat" this week right? I've lost count.
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    k, so this is a thing. a pretty strange story on its face, but hopefully it will work out.
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    Best Korea: "April Fool's"

    The White House on Monday denied provoking North Korea with unusual military maneuvers while playing down the seriousness of the Stalinist regime’s threats, saying in effect that Pyongyang has been all talk and no action.
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    Film critic Roger Ebert dead at 70

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    The Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic for the Chicago Sun-Times for more than 45 years and for more than three decades the co-host of one of the most powerful programs in television history (initially with the late Gene Siskel, the movie critic for the Chicago Tribune, and, following Siskel’s death in 1999, with his Sun-Times collogue Richard Roeper), Ebert died Thursday, according to a family friend.

    He was 70 years old.

    Even still, he kept writing and remained as active as he could be. He was planning to host the 15th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival later this month in his hometown of Champaign-Urbana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vern View Post
    North Korea threatens nuclear attack on US bases in Japan

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...-in-Japan.html

    That's the tenth "threat" this week right? I've lost count.
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    North Korea is redefining the meaning of ''attention *****''.
    Sadly, this news was popping in my country for the past 2 weeks. But I got a bad feeling that my country might get involved in North Korea's affairs. Why do I think of this?

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    I am saddened that this hasn't been brought up yet, considering this is a site run by someone from Great Britain. Then again, you young whippersnappers don't care about history and great people *grumble grumble*

    Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female PM, dead at 87

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, a towering figure in postwar British and world politics and the only woman to become British prime minister, has died at the age of 87.

    She suffered a stroke Monday, her spokeswoman said. A British government source said she died at the Ritz Hotel in London.

    Thatcher's funeral will be at St. Paul's Cathedral, with full military honors, followed by a private cremation, the British prime minister's office announced.

    Thatcher served from 1975 to 1990 as leader of the Conservative Party. She was called the "Iron Lady" for her personal and political toughness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kutie Pie View Post
    I am saddened that this hasn't been brought up yet, considering this is a site run by someone from Great Britain. Then again, you young whippersnappers don't care about history and great people *grumble grumble*

    Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female PM, dead at 87
    I would have posted this earlier but I couldn't be arsed to log on.

    The most disturbing result of this is, I find, the fact that some people can be so tactless so as to 'celebrate' Thatcher's death. Regardless of how divisive she was as a political figure, celebrating the death of a human (or at least a human who did nothing so incredibly heinous so as to warrant celebration) is incredibly tactless and holds no place in the minds of sane individuals. This is especially riling considering that I'm seeing most of this from my peers on facebook, clearly none of whom actually understand politics and have just latched onto some damp liberal ideology for self-righteous brownie points. But eh, RIP.

    Sad to see Robert Ebert die though too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geekachu View Post
    I would have posted this earlier but I couldn't be arsed to log on.

    The most disturbing result of this is, I find, the fact that some people can be so tactless so as to 'celebrate' Thatcher's death. Regardless of how divisive she was as a political figure, celebrating the death of a human (or at least a human who did nothing so incredibly heinous so as to warrant celebration) is incredibly tactless and holds no place in the minds of sane individuals. This is especially riling considering that I'm seeing most of this from my peers on facebook, clearly none of whom actually understand politics and have just latched onto some damp liberal ideology for self-righteous brownie points. But eh, RIP.

    Sad to see Robert Ebert die though too.
    So you wouldn't celebrate when George W. Bush dies? Damn I'm starting to think I'm the only one who will celebrate his death.
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    I think there's a - or at least should be a - clear difference between one's opinion of a person as a political figure and of them as a human.
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    George W. Bush is NOTHING compared to the likes of Hitler, bin Laden, Stalin, and others in that category.

    as for Thatcher, I don't really know who she is (I guess that makes me a whippersnapper), but I know they made a movie about her, and that she was the first woman to do something in Britain (apparently, being Prime minister). at the end of the day, someone's life was lost, so I offer my condolences

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geekachu View Post
    The most disturbing result of this is, I find, the fact that some people can be so tactless so as to 'celebrate' Thatcher's death. Regardless of how divisive she was as a political figure, celebrating the death of a human (or at least a human who did nothing so incredibly heinous so as to warrant celebration) is incredibly tactless and holds no place in the minds of sane individuals. This is especially riling considering that I'm seeing most of this from my peers on facebook, clearly none of whom actually understand politics and have just latched onto some damp liberal ideology for self-righteous brownie points.
    I think there were some people who celebrated Reagan's death as well, even though he was admired for the most part. I think it's because the Conservative party isn't viewed positively in Europe much like over here (but maybe more-so negatively). The people who celebrate something like that are ungrateful/uninformed brats who obviously have no idea what she did for them directly and indirectly. We'd probably still be in the Cold War if it wasn't for her and Reagan.

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    as for Thatcher, I don't really know who she is (I guess that makes me a whippersnapper), but I know they made a movie about her, and that she was the first woman to do something in Britain (apparently, being Prime minister).
    The movie doesn't shed a lot of light on who she is and what she did (most Hollywood films don't) so I wouldn't use that as reference. But I do suggest looking her up, learn a little something or two.
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    Celebrating anyone's death is kind of tasteless. I might vaguely understand it if she had died in power (I would not have approved or agreed, mind) because then the change from her leadership to not her leadership would have actually effected people, but... she died a harmless old woman. The only difference between her being alive and her being dead is a family in mourning. Like, if you suffered under her leadership and don't like the woman fine, but her being dead doesn't change any of that for you so what exactly are you celebrating?
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    ^She did effectively destroy a whole community (See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKx3MUqzCcQ) and when Hillsborough struck she didn't give a damn, so yeah entirely tactless to celebrate her death. Roger Ebert, I'm saddened by his death because he and Paul Bearer are the 2 most un-needed deaths so far this year. To not celebrate her death would be akin to not celebrating Jimmy Saville's death. (I wasn't born but I am well-educated at times.)
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    any further arguments about margaret thatcher in this thread will be met with post deletion and/or infractions
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    Good call, there's a time and a place for everything and this is not the place.
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    And, here. We. Go.

    A North Korean missile launcher has moved into the firing position with rockets facing skyward, Kyodo reports, citing a Japan defense official.
    (sorry I couldn't find a better source)
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    I know EVERYBODY thinks Kim Jong Un or North Korea are all talk, and every comedian in the world is making fun of them, and you can find millions of memes about this, but should they actually do something, how is everyone going to react? WW3 if anything, I think all the jokes and memes are antagonizing North Korea to inevitably do something irrational

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    yes, north korea is definitely paying attention to the internet memes and it has absolutely nothing at all to do with other issues
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