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No media trends discussion this week, just a sad goodbye to one of our own before Headlines of the Week for 8/16 through 8/22 
Posted by Drew at 2009-08-24 2:23:58 PM (33 comments) | Permalink
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Normally we put something related to media trends here to kick off our favorite Headlines of the Week, but there was a death in the Fark family last week. We were deeply saddened by the news that Thai Williams, known around these parts as Arelas, was killed in a car accident. He's survived by his wife and their small children, so some enterprising Farkers who knew him took it upon themselves to set up an account for donations that will go to his family. I donated, fwiw.

Anyone who also wants to contribute to the family can see the donation thread for instructions. One note: we scramble email addresses deliberately to thwart spammers, so if you use the PayPal link you'll need to manually type the email address to avoid that issue.

On a side note, it's really amazing and reassuring to see so many people rally around a guy that few had ever met in person. There's a prevailing conception that the internet is destroying traditional socialization, but when events like this happen and people rally around a virtual stranger, it shows that there's a unique human quality that still rises to the surface.

For those who set it up, and for all of you who contributed something, whether it was money or even just kind words, thank you. You made a difference.

Headlines Of The Week for Sun 2009-08-16 to Sat 2009-08-22:

img1.fark.net  Angry patient bites off the end of a doctor's finger and runs off. Police are looking for tips    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Britain and America were complicit in the Nazi extermination of the Jews, according to the latest press release from the Vatican. In other news, the hunt is on for an attractive and successful kettle for whom there is an urgent message  

img1.fark.net  90 percent of US currency contains trace amounts of cocaine, value    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Billy Joel was right... Only the good Dae-jung    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Men who snore loudly are twice as likely to die early, possibly from multiple stab wounds    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Cable guy electrocuted. Viewing to be held for 20 minutes sometime between 8am and 5pm    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Gardening makes for better sex. Yeah that's right, talk dirt to me you hoe    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Today is the 50th Anniversary of Hawaiian statehood. Hawaii is of course famous for the hula, luaus, volcanoes, and temporarily being Kenya one day in 1961    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  How farkin bad is DC's Metro? Though they've been sending alerts since March, Metro still hasn't figured out the 140 character limit for twe    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  See. See plane. Seaplane crash    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Woman accidentally hits child with riding lawnmower. Oh Deere    img.fark.net


Sports:

img1.fark.net  Former skiing champion Picabo Street welcomes baby boy. She had some minor complications in the intensive care unit, but was discharged from the Picabo ICU    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  John Smoltz leaning toward Cards. Probably pinochle or bridge down at the senior center    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Plaxico Burress gets two-year contract to be receiver    img.fark.net


Geek:

img1.fark.net  Scientists invent kitchens which virtually clean themselves, leaving your wife more time to make sure the bathroom is up to an acceptable standard    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Inuit hunters help scientists track narwhals, offer tech support on Quicken, TurboTax    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  NASA beams 461 gigabytes of data back from the moon daily, the equivalent of last week's download volume on your mom's new porno    img.fark.net


Showbiz:

img1.fark.net  Copyright lawyers fly around Earth backwards really fast and erase DC Comics' rights to Superman's origin story. Kal-El now an immigrant from Costa Rica with an allergy to peanuts    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Steve Harvey joining Good Morning America. I would make a joke, but there's nothing funny about Steve Harvey    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Celine Dion pregnant with eight year-old sperm. Isn't that illegal?    img.fark.net


Politics:

img1.fark.net  Tom Ridge admits that he "was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush's re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over." Well color me level orange    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Yes, it's finally come to this. We've dragged the Almighty Lord into the debate. It's Yahweh or the highway    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Elizabeth Edwards opens furniture store, no word if drawers come pre-filled with dirty laundry    img.fark.net


Music:

img1.fark.net  Major announcement suggests Mozart may have died from strep throat after sharp decline in health. Other voices counter that multiple minor elements worked in concert to overcome his diminished capacity    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Cradle of Filth are pretty heavy, but if you throw Gobstoppers at them, that's it man. They're done    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse kiss onstage. The resulting superbacteria will wipe out humanity by year's end    img.fark.net


Business:

img1.fark.net  Rosetta Stone cuts outlook, stock offering. La piedra de Rosetta corta la perspectiva, ofrecimiento común. La pierre de Rosetta coupe des perspectives, émission d'actions. Rosetta Stein schneidet Aussicht, Aktienemission  

img1.fark.net  History celebrates 25 years of Powerpoint. Obvious tag missed his flight and Dumbass didn't review the slide deck, so Wheaton gets stuck doing the presentation    img.fark.net

img1.fark.net  Smuckers makes more smackers due to more suckers losing jobs, eating at home like slackers, becoming snackers, needing something to put on crackers    img.fark.net
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33 Comments   (+0 »)
   
 
2009-08-24 02:27:22 PM  
And another week of ignoring the US committing a coup in Honduras.
 
2009-08-24 02:29:08 PM  
notq: And another week of ignoring the US committing a coup in Honduras.

bawwwwww
 
2009-08-24 02:30:33 PM  
notq: And another week of ignoring the US committing a coup in Honduras.

They had it coming to them.
 
2009-08-24 02:31:32 PM  
Thank you Drew...

Thank you to all the people of this amazing community for helping out his family.

Like Arelas always said, "We are all one big dysfunctional family..." And I am glad to be a part of this family.
 
2009-08-24 02:33:17 PM  
notq: And another week of ignoring the US committing a coup in Honduras.

This
is where you choose to whine about that?
 
2009-08-24 02:33:34 PM  
Wow... not only did I finally get a headline on HOTW, but I got 2!
/I'm happy
//Hawaii and Deere headlines
 
2009-08-24 02:36:41 PM  
Never knew the guy; don't remember seeing any of his posts, still I give my condolences to his family.
Now that that's out of the way: Lets get to flaming the politics threads!
 
2009-08-24 02:37:23 PM  
Paris1127: Wow... not only did I finally get a headline on HOTW, but I got 2!
/I'm happy
//Hawaii and Deere headlines


Tribute to the slain. I give you: Fark.
 
2009-08-24 02:37:28 PM  
I love you manz!
 
2009-08-24 02:40:04 PM  
i like that gardening one a lot.

/not subby
 
2009-08-24 02:45:24 PM  
notq: And another week of ignoring the US committing a coup in Honduras.

Would you have preferred a sedan?
 
2009-08-24 02:49:22 PM  
notq: And another week of ignoring the US committing a coup in Honduras.

And another week of...
images.starcraftmazter.net
 
2009-08-24 02:50:37 PM  
proteon: Paris1127: Wow... not only did I finally get a headline on HOTW, but I got 2!
/I'm happy
//Hawaii and Deere headlines

Tribute to the slain. I give you: Fark.


My condolences to Arelas's family.
 
2009-08-24 02:51:05 PM  
Drew: On a side note, it's really amazing and reassuring to see so many people rally around a guy that few had ever met in person. There's a prevailing conception that the internet is destroying traditional socialization, but when events like this happen and people rally around a virtual stranger, it shows that there's a unique human quality that still rises to the surface.

I've been saying that for some time now. It's more than just a collection of 1s and 0s around these parts.
 
2009-08-24 02:53:35 PM  
valar_morghulis: notq: And another week of ignoring the US committing a coup in Honduras.

They had it coming to them.


That'll learn 'um fer dressin all sexy-like.
 
2009-08-24 02:54:41 PM  
mrapier: i like that gardening one a lot.

/not subby


Thanks!

On a side note that was my first HOTW as far as I know...
 
2009-08-24 03:03:54 PM  
Drew- "On a side note, it's really amazing and reassuring to see so many people rally around a guy that few had ever met in person. There's a prevailing conception that the internet is destroying traditional socialization, but when events like this happen and people rally around a virtual stranger, it shows that there's a unique human quality that still rises to the surface."


In retrospect i should have probably taken a more relaxed approach to dealing with Ironfrancis or whatever his name was when he started being a dick in that thread yesterday, but that little brat has been testing my patience for months already.
 
2009-08-24 03:15:44 PM  
I tend not to agree with notq, but what he's saying here has merits. We have a flawed election in Iran and the government crackdown of protests, and Fark devoted hundreds of threads and sacrificed its neutral policy to support the Iranians - despite the fact that we honestly don't know much about what's happening in Iran, and there's little we can do about it. And then we have a blatant coup d'etat in Honduras and a violent crackdown of protests afterward, with hundreds of protesters violently beaten, hundreds of women brutally raped, and Fark didn't give a shiat. Why? Because of our ideology. We don't like the religious fanatics in Iran, so we're mad that Ahmadinejad is holding onto power. Similarly, we don't like the Chavez-loving leftist in Honduras, so we're happy that he got removed and we don't give a damn. And yet, repression and serious violations of basic human rights exists in both of these countries. The question is, does FARK really fight for people's rights, or do we just fight for people's rights when we don't agree with the dictator's ideology?
 
2009-08-24 03:21:11 PM  
+1 to the Plaxico headline
 
2009-08-24 03:23:00 PM  
If everyone would just shut the fark up and do what the USA says there wouldn't be so much trouble.
 
2009-08-24 03:26:02 PM  
Herunar: we have a blatant coup d'etat in Honduras and a violent crackdown of protests afterward, with hundreds of protesters violently beaten, hundreds of women brutally raped, and Fark didn't give a shiat


same argument was put forward during ht Uighur unrest.
I think part of the difference is that a) the people on the ground weren't able to access the R.O.W via their phones like in Iran b) Iran was a bit of an eyeopener after being painted as a country chock full of people forming one part of the axis of evil - the realisation that people as vilified as them , want the same things as you too , is what struck a chord. and I hope that sort of democratization of the dissemination of information starts taking a foothold more often
 
2009-08-24 03:40:17 PM  
Drew: On a side note, it's really amazing and reassuring to see so many people rally around a guy that few had ever met in person. There's a prevailing conception that the internet is destroying traditional socialization, but when events like this happen and people rally around a virtual stranger, it shows that there's a unique human quality that still rises to the surface.

A similar occurrence (the death of kilipo4) was what attracted me to Fark in the first place so long ago. The memorial fund that was set up in his name at Texas Tech is still going strong too.
 
2009-08-24 03:47:23 PM  
notq: And another week of ignoring the US committing a coup in Honduras.

Haven't heard anything about 2,000 killed, over 100,000 displaced in Yemen either. Why do I have to go to Israeli news sites to get this stuff? Debkafile (new window)
 
2009-08-24 04:03:59 PM  
squeez cheez: notq: And another week of ignoring the US committing a coup in Honduras.

Haven't heard anything about 2,000 killed, over 100,000 displaced in Yemen either. Why do I have to go to Israeli news sites to get this stuff? Debkafile (new window)



As you write that you're ignoring the plight of the starving and poor around the world. You heartless bastard.
 
2009-08-24 04:07:38 PM  
This is what I get for being away from Fark for long stints.

R.I.P. Arelas
 
2009-08-24 04:07:46 PM  
at80eighty: Herunar: we have a blatant coup d'etat in Honduras and a violent crackdown of protests afterward, with hundreds of protesters violently beaten, hundreds of women brutally raped, and Fark didn't give a shiat


same argument was put forward during ht Uighur unrest.
I think part of the difference is that a) the people on the ground weren't able to access the R.O.W via their phones like in Iran b) Iran was a bit of an eyeopener after being painted as a country chock full of people forming one part of the axis of evil - the realisation that people as vilified as them , want the same things as you too , is what struck a chord. and I hope that sort of democratization of the dissemination of information starts taking a foothold more often


Indeed, you don't hear much wharrgarbl about Iranians (as in the people of Iran) being evil terrorists anymore, from anyone around here.

Got to be a good thing.
 
2009-08-24 04:10:00 PM  
J. Frank Parnell: squeez cheez: notq: And another week of ignoring the US committing a coup in Honduras.

Haven't heard anything about 2,000 killed, over 100,000 displaced in Yemen either. Why do I have to go to Israeli news sites to get this stuff? Debkafile (new window)

As you write that you're ignoring the plight of the starving and poor around the world. You heartless bastard.


I know. But I'm buying carbon credits for all the heartless stuff I do. Is that ok?
 
2009-08-24 04:17:33 PM  
Ha! My first HOTW victory!

/currency
 
2009-08-24 04:18:55 PM  
BKITU: Ha! My first HOTW victory!

I think it's mine, too..

/narwhals
 
2009-08-24 05:12:01 PM  
notq: The Honduras coup we do have responsibility for, and it's not only a solidarity effort, but a moral imperative.

So your best effort to advance this "moral imperative" is to whine on an internet message board to complete strangers? GREAT JOB! YOU ROCK!
 
2009-08-24 05:41:18 PM  
Thanks, Drew. Yeah, he was good people.
God bless his family.
 
2009-08-24 06:32:19 PM  
BKITU: notq: The Honduras coup we do have responsibility for, and it's not only a solidarity effort, but a moral imperative.

So your best effort to advance this "moral imperative" is to whine on an internet message board to complete strangers? GREAT JOB! YOU ROCK!


And when Tatsuma did it for Iran he was lauded as a hero by the intarwebians...

/just sayin'
//doesn't care about Honduras
 
2009-08-24 06:35:48 PM  
Talon: And when Tatsuma did it for Iran he was lauded as a hero by the intarwebians...

Not me. I thought he should have been perma-banned.

/I like bananas.
 
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