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Haiti's devastation means that the news media has less filler to produce. And that's a good thing. Plus Fark's favorite Headlines of the Week for 1/10 through 1/16
Posted by Drew at 2010-01-19 11:28:48 AM (43 comments) | Permalink
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Normally this time of year is reserved for all manner of not-news, but the Haiti disaster is giving the media a real chance to show what they can do, and they've been stepping up to the plate. Well done, news organizations. The tragedy there is staggering, and is a good reminder for everybody of how bad the Haitians have had it, and for how long. Aid is still slow coming, but not because people aren't trying, it's just that the devastation is so massive.
We've run two stories in the last week, one from Snopes differentiating between legit aid organizations and scammers, and another one earlier today on Architecture for Humanity who is providing relief housing with a simple and inexpensive housing conversion kit for shipping containers which is extraordinarily cool.
Not much more to say, although we're extending the odds on the Fark Betting Line this week -- with the situation in Haiti, there's much less free space for filler. And that's a good thing.
- Discussion ad-nauseum about the cost of Super Bowl ads this year (3:1)
- News organizations set Haiti aside to remind us how to host a kickass Super Bowl party on a budget (6:1)
- Naked suspect tasered by police (9:1)
- In the genitals (29:1)
- Major U.S. municipality declares bankruptcy (37:1)
- Democrats: "Look at how much Obama has accomplished in one year" (1:1)
- Republicans: "Obama has done absolutely nothing in one year" (1:1)
- California says goodbye to wildfire season, hello to mudslide season (4:1)
- With shaky helicopter-cam footage of house sliding off an embankment (5:1)
- Endless Conan O'Brien speculation about where he's going next, none of which has a shred of validity (2:1)
- Apple Tablet rumors fuel Apple Tablet speculation, which generate Apple Tablet curiosity, which touch off Apple Tablet rumors (3:1)
Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2010-01-10 to Sat 2010-01-16:
Doctors investigating the case of the girl who spontaneously bleeds for no reason at all, say it's one of the strangest things they've ever seen. Period
Man crushed by falling computer gear, will forever be in our memory
Fat butts may be healthy, says study you other brothers can't deny
Urine damages space station. In space no one can hear you stream
Orange man charged in New Jersey shooting. That certainly narrows it down to the entire state
One corpse is interesting, but if you've seen two bodies behind a shopping center, it's safe to say you've seen a mall
Finally, Britain apologizes for thalidomide scandal. High five if you've got 'em
Who is the man who survives Haiti earthquake after 60 hours in an elevator.....SHAFT
Hundreds of Haiti Earthquake victims arrive in New Jersey. Immediately inquire as to the availability of return flights
Article explains how to tell the sex of a building. Of course, if you just go in the back door they're all pretty much the same
Man celebrates his 77th birthday by biking 77 miles. Wasn't as fun as the year he turned 69
Rodgers doesn't blame lying, cheating bastard refs for the loss Sunday at Arizona
Yankees donate $500k to Haiti relief. Haiti awaiting counter-offer from Red Sox
Bus throws Bill Cowher under the New York Giants
For the nerd who has everything: The Story of Math on DVD. Sure, the story's derivative, but the inverse is worse
Israel finds 8000 year old abandoned house near Tel Aviv, promptly moves Jewish inhabitants in before the Palestinians can claim it
Men can smell them in her box. Men can smell them in her socks. Men can smell them in her blouse. Men can smell them in her house. Men can smell girl's eggs, yes, ma'am. Men can smell them, Sam-I-Am
RDJ opts out of Cowboys & Aliens. If only there was an established space cowboy actor who could Fillion for him
Conan O'Brien releases statement saying he will not take any lip from Leno's chin
Magician David Copperfield cleared in rape investigation. Now you semen, now you don't
Obama has "no intention" of sending troops to Yemen. None. Nope. Not a chance. El zippo. Zilch. Nada. Nicht. Nein. Non. Nej. Negatory. Ain't gonna happen. Translation: We're about to attack Yemen
Obama admits he hasn't united the country yet. But the way his approval numbers are falling, it's only a matter of time
On Thursday, Dr. Ruth will be sworn in as the city's honorary secretary of the "Department of Love and Relationships."...yeah, 'cause when you think romance, you think DC
Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, New Order, Coldplay and David Bowie get their own stamps. If you lick the Rolling Stones one, you can't drive or operate heavy machinery for at least two days
Beyonce is taking a six month break from touring. Her ass, however, just won't quit
Madonna gives $250,000 to Haiti relief, gets first round draft pick in upcoming Haitian orphan raffle
As if you needed yet another reason not to fly delta, baggage fees being raised. Presumably so they can lose your luggage at a profit
Error #32: RealNetwork CEO's career has unexpectedly timed out, unable to reinitialize
Famed conservative economist displays his mental gymnastics while explaining that America never suffered through a housing bubble or irrational investing behavior. Even the Chinese judge gives him a 10 (at 3% interest)
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