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ronb
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posted 04 April 2003 04:38 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Since when did the weekly world news become the onion?
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Sisyphus
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posted 04 April 2003 04:41 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Man, that is seriously creepy! An Iraqi Woman????

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posted 04 April 2003 05:06 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know this has to be utter nonsense, but the idea of it is horrifying...

Will they be instituting slavery for the Iraqi people, then? Shipping them off for auction? It would seem to be the logical next step.


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ronb
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posted 04 April 2003 05:15 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have to assume it is satire. It is, after all, from the folks who brought us bat boy.
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posted 04 April 2003 05:17 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How DARE you suggest that every WORD about Bat Boy isn't the God's Honest Truth?!!11!
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Sisyphus
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posted 04 April 2003 05:19 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Of course it's nonsense, given the source. It's probably on the same page with "Sasquatch Rescues American POW from Saddam's Alien Harem". The thing that creeped me out was that this sexist, racist dehumanization of suffering human beings was being printed for consumption by millions of already-desensitized robots as entertainment or news . The callous cynicism and contempt for human life implied by it is sick-making to me.

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ronb
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posted 04 April 2003 05:27 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Gotcha. That's what pushed into Modest Proposal territory for me.

BTW, did I say bat boy wasn't real?????? NO. I DIDN"T!!!!! BECAUSE BAT BOY IS REAL!!! I SAW HIM AT THE PIGGLY WIGGLY!!!!!GODDAMIT!!!

Harumph.


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Sisyphus
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posted 04 April 2003 05:36 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
...maybe if it had at least been funny, y'know?

The line between satire and reality is just too thin South of the border, eh?

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kuba walda
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posted 04 April 2003 05:39 PM      Profile for kuba walda        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How true. It didn't make me laugh I was seriously offended.

Bat Boy Not Real??

Next you're going to be telling me that wasn't Gerry Garcia I saw at the LBS last week.


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ronb
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posted 04 April 2003 05:39 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I do.

edited to add... know. What you mean, that is.

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Timebandit
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posted 04 April 2003 05:40 PM      Profile for Timebandit     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think the article and A Modest Proposal have about the same quotient of "I can't believe I'm reading this!", but the latter was at least eloquently written.
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Sisyphus
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posted 04 April 2003 05:42 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
.I agree about the Batboy thing, though. They say he met Al Gore!!!!

Come to think of it, I'm not sure Al Gore is real

A Modest Proposal didn't have corroboration like this or this.

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kuba walda
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posted 04 April 2003 05:44 PM      Profile for kuba walda        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If Al Gore isn't real, then George Bush isn't real. Now I feel a whole lot better. SIGH
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ronb
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posted 04 April 2003 05:59 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh no. George Bush is real. He is a direct descendent of George III, and is therefore a lizard from outer space. I know, because I read about it.
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'lance
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posted 04 April 2003 06:01 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Where is David Icke when you need him?

And what's his take on Saddam Hussein, hey? Enquiring minds!


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ronb
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posted 04 April 2003 06:07 PM      Profile for ronb     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh yeah. I forgot. He says Gore is a reptile too. oh well...

Have a loverly weekend all.


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posted 04 April 2003 06:11 PM      Profile for drgoodword   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Last year I read an article that talked about the change at World Weekly News taking it from the most out-there, but self-serious, tabloid to an intentional satirical publication.

Unfortunately, I can't find the link, but here's a couple of articles that suggest strongly the Onionization of WWN. Note also the key role of Dick Culpa, who is also involved with Cracked magazine.

Weekly World News: Satire in Surreal Time

`Dead' stories come to life in Weekly World News

Cracked Awaits Salvation

It was sometime last year that I was standing in line at the supermarket and noticed a cover of WWN had stories which could only be satire, and went looking on the net for more info on this change. I think the article I read on the editorial shift also mentioned the success of the Onion--including the success of it's paper edition--as a motivating factor in taking the WWN into satire. Although I'm surprised about why they keep this something of a secret. Is it perhaps because some of their audience still read it as a "real" tabloid, and they figure those that follow it for satire can catch on without being told, so they can, for as long as possible, hold both audiences?

On a sort-of related note, last year an American sherrif's department issued a warning about an Al-Qaeda telemarketing scam, based on a story in The Onion.

The original Onion article is titled,

Report: Al-Qaeda Allegedly Engaging In Telemarketing

quote:
For all the evidence collected by the CIA, the "smoking gun" in the investigation may turn out to be an alleged Osama bin Laden motivational videotape, currently in the possession of CNN. The controversial tape, which has never aired on the cable network, is rumored to feature bin Laden urging his followers to think positive and believe in the quality of the product they are pitching, closing on the grim slogan "Smile And Dial."

Among the victims of al-Qaeda's telemarketing efforts is Coral Gables, FL, retiree Bernice Parks, who last Friday spent nearly 45 minutes trying to say no to a pushy aluminum-siding salesman who identified himself only as "Mohammed," only to give in and order full siding for her home. It is believed that the $3,000 charged to Parks' credit card—an amount she thought to be "a rock-bottom value, especially compared to what big companies like Sears charge"—was funneled through al-Qaeda's extensive siding cartel.

Nearly all of the $3,000 became al-Qaeda profit after what Parks described as "worn, faded siding that seemed to have been removed from another house" was hastily installed by three Middle-Eastern-looking men in an unmarked van.


Taking all this into consideration, it becomes less of a mystery why 44% of Americans believe most or some of the 9/11 hijackers were from Iraq (when none of them were).

drg


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