December 5th, 2004


The news, a fanlad moment, and AN UNBELIEVABLE WIN IN THE CRICKET!

Today was one of those days when I realise why I do not regularly tune into the nightly news on any commercial station. I was watching New Zealand play Australia in the cricket (still am - come on New Zealand, the cause isn't lost yet! [Later note: See below!!]) and during the break between innings, Channel 9's nightly news happened to come on. If, indeed, you can call that drivel 'news.' Are these people even aware of anything occurring in the world, or are they just paid to spew forth whatever will convince people to tune in? People who will only watch anything about anywhere within a fifty kilometre radius of themselves? Ignorant morons who want to be fed fluff rather than informative news with substance?

Well, here's tonight's real news. Channel 9, in case you were not aware, 11 people died in a militia attack in Jammu-Kashmir, African Union troops are being slowly deployed to strife-ravaged Darfur (let me take this moment to pester you to join darfur_crisis if you are yet to do so), 23 were killed in a coal mining accident in Kazakhstan, peace processes are at various stages in western Africa, and Ukraine shall hold fresh elections and former president-elect Yanukovich has expressed his intention to run again, although new laws changing electoral processes important to eliminating fraud were not passed by the Ukrainian partliament. So yes, a world does exist out there and real news is happening. You don't need stories about telethons.

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    'I Will Follow (3 December 2004)' by U2