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April

Happy April! It's hard to believe it's April already.

More importantly, I wonder what news there will be to distrust - or vapidly believe - today...

Update: My favorite so far is an LOTR one. (Thanks, ivpiter!)

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saffronjan
Apr. 1st, 2003 08:04 am (UTC)
Strange, free-floating discontent
I don't know what it is, exactly, that bothers me so very much about the war coverage. I could list a bunch of complaints, of course, but none of them get to the nub of the matter. For some reason, I always think to myself, "Sooooooo... that was news???"

I don't know what I'm expecting. That tomorrow everyone will wake up and say, "What the grand high holy hell are we doing?!?! Let's get the bombs out of here and bring in crates and crates of food and baby formula and toys and Prozac instead!!!" Not all that likely, and probably not all that helpful, if it were to happen.

Why aren't any solutions to the world's problems miraculously popping into my head? Or better still, into the head of someone in a position to really DO something?
owlfish
Apr. 1st, 2003 08:31 am (UTC)
Re: Strange, free-floating discontent
I really did make an ambiguous posting! When I posted, the un/believable news I had in mind was in honor of April Fool's Day. This, in turn, makes me think that news agencies will be more likely to post completely un-war-related April Fool's Day stories for fear of the consequences otherwise, under the idea that it's only safe to mock news no one really cares about.

My favorite April Fool's Day news item was one NPR did, at least 10 years ago now. Canada had bought Arizona from the US so it could have a southern harbor. Since it was NPR, they really could get people like the Secretary of State, an Arizonan Senator, and ranking Canadian politicians to comment favorably on the situation.

Solutions to the world's problems do pop into the heads of leaders all the time. The problem is, not all of us necessarily agree with what constitutes a solution to a given problem, and it is a rare politician who has the vision to accurately see the repercussions to their actions much beyond their term of office, and yet will still choose to act on those with short term consequences lousy for their chances at re-election.
saffronjan
Apr. 1st, 2003 08:37 am (UTC)
Holy Misunderstanding, Batman!!!!!!!
Color me embarrassed.

I liked the BBC story on the spaghetti harvest in Switzerland : )
ultrascichick
Apr. 1st, 2003 08:52 am (UTC)
News!
Shana! Oh what a happy day. I was feeling really down in the dumps and my Dad asked me to go to church and this amazing thing happened. I finally heard the call of Jesus. Yes, so I broke down and gave my heart to Our Lord! I have been born again (apparently not getting it right the first time). Boy it feels great not to be responsible for my own life anymore.



Ps: April Fools (duh!)

Jenene "there ain't no god so get over it" Wiedemer
owlfish
Apr. 1st, 2003 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: News!
I'm so happy for you, Jenene! At long last, you have seen the light! After all, as Krishna and Shiva know, the more you are reborn, the closer you come to achieving divinity! Err... wait... you said Jesus, not Krishna or Shiva. My mistake.
kashmera
Apr. 1st, 2003 09:17 am (UTC)
Stories
I received an Email saying that the internet would be closed down for 24hrs for cleaning...an old one, but guaranteed to catch out the inexperienced.

I also considered sending an Email to my friend who's visitng next week to say that, what with SARS, all arrivals at Vancouver were being forced into 2 weeks quarantine (which would effectively mean he turned up, stayed in quarantine for 2 weeks, and then went home again). Possibly something else, all UK arrivals must produce evidence of their latest CJD vaccination....the possibilities are endless...
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