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I read the news today (oh boy) - Current world events
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1 September 2013
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Two stories.

One is that Sir David Frost has died of a heart-attack. The man was a legend, absolute legend, who actually asked probing and difficult questions (Nixon for one) in interviews instead of pampering politicians and the rest not only in the Uk but in the US and abroad. He also had a great sense of humour, great warmth and just a very decent person. David also of course introduced the Beatles Hey Jude & Revolution promos on his show, interviewed them, and they even played his theme tune. He will be massively missed. (Apologies if this should be in the impossible to derail thread or somewhere else but its big news. Feel free to move it or tell me and I will.)

 

Secondly the bbc report that the radiation levels at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant are way higher than previously reported or measured. Basically its still a huge ongoing disaster which massive implications not only for Japan but the world due to the radiation sweeping into the sea.

 

 

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1 September 2013
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Secondly the bbc report that the radiation levels at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant are way higher than previously reported or measured. Basically its still a huge ongoing disaster which massive implications not only for Japan but the world due to the radiation sweeping into the sea.

The Fukushima story has been seriously under-reported.  The cleanup process alone involves manually moving 1300 spent fuel rods, each one weighing over 600 lbs.  And while this sort of thing is usually done in a sealed environment by remote control, at Fukushima it will have to be done by rotating crews of workers, each having to be permanently swapped out after a short time due to the massive radiation.Oh yeah...  And each rod contains enough nuclear material to potentially cause the deaths of 3 billion people.  And there is zero room for any error whatsoever, or it will trigger a chain reaction that will make most of the Northern Hemisphere uninhabitable. But hey!  What about the Miley Cyrus...?  THAT's definitely the more important news story.

 

 

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1 September 2013
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I haven't seen it all, I might end up being violently ill after 20 seconds, but here is the Miley 'performance' as well as a BBC report on complaints received.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....-xPYX9MABI

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1 September 2013
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Stick a few ten dollar bill in her briefs, a pole on the stage and dim the lights. It wasn't news, continues to not be, and really doesn't deserve to be in this thread.

Its actually nothing new either, artists over the years have frequently done things which were designed to create a media storm that would result in promotion. The fact its in this thread says that it worked.

 

In a bid to take us away from this nonsense Nelson Mandela has been released from hospital but remains in a critical and at times stable condition. Sadly I dont think this means his condition has improved, probably more about being in a more comfortable and familiar setting.

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Funny Paper said

mja6758 said
Yes, it can be argued about the degree of Universal Suffrage, but if Universal Suffrage is the measure, it can be argued that the United States has been a democracy for less than fifty years - only truly becoming one in the 1960s with the passing of its Civil Rights legislation. In this week of remembering Martin Luther King Jnr. and the March on Washington, American politicians should not be jumping up and down claiming to be the world's oldest modern democracy. Tell that to all those who were murdered attempting to give the Afro-American population the vote within some of our lifetime's.

Wow, I didn't know some of us were that old!  The 15th Amendment, granting blacks the right to vote in the U.S.A., was passed in 1870.

Sometimes you madden me, FP. I often don't know if you say things to wind-up, or because you believe. As someone sitting in the UK, but with an interest of the Civil Rights Movement, I am well aware that many of the Southern States found their way around the 15th Amendment.

Yes, the 15th Amendment was passed in 1870, however the rights they gave were not guaranteed until the passing of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, which prohibited States and local government from having "voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure ... to deny or abridge the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color." Just because the 15th was passed in 1870, it does not mean it was enforced, and that it was not blocked in many States by local laws.

I think it is a tragedy that the Supreme Court recently struck down Section 4(b) saying it was no longer necessary, and thus neutering Section 5 unless Congress can agree a new formulation.

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Here's a good discussion on it: http://www.theguardian.com/not.....es/query/0,,-80426,00.html

There are a lot of contenders, and the US doesn't seem to come close.

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