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July 3, 2011

About A Guy On A Plane With a Scorpion

Filed under: World — Tags: , , , , , — thatguyinlondon @ 10:38 am

Yesterday a friend was telling me about a news story she heard about a scorpion on a plane. Her view, plus our extrapolated views had us laughing a lot. Eventually I Googled it and clicked on the first link I found. I felt fortunate to have found Jeff Ellis himself telling his story. If you want the true story, after all, just go to the source, right?

Watching this, my friend kept saying “this isn’t how I heard it”. She had heard, and we both imaged, a bit more freaking out and chaos. As Ellis tells it, and he should know, it was just a minor inconvenience. This got us to talking about “news” and how easy people can change it in the retelling so we looked at another random report to see their slant.

In this video there is an entirely different view from the girlfriend at the 1:05 mark  (but watch the whole thing). This story also goes on to say that a scorpion is not the only stowaway reported and they have video proof. Apparently a menagerie of  critters have attempted to get a free flight, including a penguin, cheetah and otter. Go figure. What happened to passenger screening, eh?

The differences are not hard to understand if you go back to the ending of the Ellis video. It clearly states he was well compensated by the airline. He appeared to be quite the happy camper. I am sure by now this “generosity” has reached the girlfriend and other passengers as well. I wonder what the cap is on this airline’s budget for avoiding bad press?

Here’s another soft version I found. It is an animation video of said event. I include it only because I liked the animation. There are quite a few stories and later I’ll look for blogs from other passengers if any are available. (feel free to link to any in the comments section) to see what other views I can gather. Here’s the Google search on Jeff Ellis Scorpion in case you want to look into it further.

All this got me thinking of the news and how so few stories are actually reported unbiased. Our news has become editorials. We have to read 4-5 different articles from a wide variety of sources just to begin seeing all sides. In my opinion all sides should be investigated before a story goes to print. Leave the speculation, self-interest, and plain bullshit reporting to bloggers. By the end of this my friend and I were talking about the movie Wag The Dog in which a Hollywood war is produced and shown as fact to cover up a President’s misdeeds. Since watching that way back when, I have had a great distrust for the news and what they present as fact. Sure it was just a movie, but real life is often much stranger than fiction, and history has proven that politicians and the press have few limits when it comes to making the masses accept their point of view.

If we want to educate ourselves and be current with events we cannot blanket the media with distrust, but a strong dose of skepticism is not a bad thing. “I read it in the newspaper so it must be true” are words that should never enter your mind.

May 2, 2011

Osama Bin Laden Is Dead…or Hanging Out With Elvis

Filed under: World — Tags: , , , , , — thatguyinlondon @ 12:14 am

The President of the United States was to make a statement tonight about the death of Bin Laden. Instead, he came out and said, “Well, you’ve seen the news and Twitters….so…uhm…goodnight.” Okay, so it didn’t go like that but CNN kicked the shit out of the strength of his speech. All he seemed to do was repeat the news.

That aside, I guess I am okay with him being dead. It sounds like it beats the alternative. At first I was confused. Was Osama coming out to announce something about Obama, or the other way around. Blitzer started hinting about it, but kept saying he didn’t want to burst the President’s bubble. But I guess Obama took too long making sure his notes were in order or whatever and CNN started giving bigger hints and then just came out and said it. After that the damn was open. Blitzer said “Obama is dead” so many times I was sure he was looking for the big soundbite, just in case he was the first to say it.

I found the clips with all the cheering and national anthem singing a bit odd. They have been “hunting” this guy for over 10 years. I am thinking the response would have been more akin to a national sigh of relief. What I liked best was that there was no mention of Canadian troops. It would have been good press if they had a hand in it, but I didn’t want anything said that our current government might take credit for the day before an election. Before I knew what the Breaking News Regarding National Security was, I had visions of Obama and Harper having sweetheart deals, so Obama was going to say, “buy our jet’s or else!” Not that I am ruling that out.

To sum up. Too much drama for an “its about time” event. Glad it didn’t have anything to do with moods at the polls. Osama’s “cave in Afghanistan was really a mansion in Pakistan. Nice digs until that getting killed bit.

Some time later….

Canada receives news of Bin Laden’s death with “sober satisfaction”: Harper, speaking in BC. (a twitter feed). That about says it. It fell upon Harper as present “leader” of Canada to say it. He didn’t get political. ‘nough said.

On another note, the jokes are Twittering around (#thatguyinlondon), The best so far was that Trump will be screaming for the death certificate. Or is it a joke? Someone was about to start a Bin Laden/Elvis thing, but got lost and didn’t get around to it. Oh, wait…that was me. Bin Laden and Elvis, talk among yourselves.

@strombo G. Stroumboulopoulos–   “It was a house with high value, with no Internet, phone, incredible security, and regular courier service. Plus they burned their garbage.” (all except that one iPhone. Oops. How do you feel about tracking now?)

@Cornies Larry Cornies  by fowgre —“Some guy is gonna return from vacation Tuesday to find the royals married, bin Laden dead and Layton prime minister.”

@phronk Mike–“Did you know that Hitler, Biggie and Tupac also died on May 1st?!#fakefactspeoplewillretweetwithoutchecking

How did they find Bin Laden? They looked on Google Maps and saw he was marked with a “B”.

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