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North and South Korea agree to carry single flag at Winter Olympics and field joint women's ice hockey team by shadilal_gharjode in worldnews

[–]CrazyWelshy 12.9k points12.9k points x3 (0 children)

From Deep Space 9, Ferengi 76th Rule of Acquisition:

"Every once in a while, declare peace. It confuses the Hell out of your enemies."

Edit: My first gold! Worthless worthless gold!! It's only valuable on primitive planets!!

All the same, thank you so much kind person.

North Korea to send about 230 cheerleaders to Olympics for its 2 competing athletes. by ansonj16 in worldnews

[–]jab1023 11.3k points11.3k points  (0 children)

Ain't no party like a Pyongyang party, 'cause a Pyongyang party is ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY.

Over 1,800 Muslim clerics in Pakistan issue fatwa against suicide bombings and label them un-Islamic by elusive_newsman in worldnews

[–]thelordoftheweird 223 points224 points  (0 children)

Based on hundreds of interviews with radical militants MI5 found no link between religiosity and terrorism


Muslims have known this all along

One Algerian lad on here when he was describing the type of people that joined the GIA said one day they were robbing you the next day were wearing thobes and beards and recruiting

So it isn't surprising there is a well established relationship between previous criminality and terrorism.


But study


after study


Shows the recruits mostly have scant knowledge of islam

China builds ‘world’s biggest air purifier’ - a 328 feet-high tower that has helped reduce smog levels over an area of 3.86 square miles by ORDbutlasttimemedic in worldnews

[–]SmellGibson69 265 points266 points  (0 children)

Almost Whole article below.

Edit: my cousin is chinese (does not speak English) and lives in Xian, China, where this article says this thing is located. Aprox latitude 34.1623 longitude 108.8733. he has not heard anything about it and can’t find any mention in any local media. So I’ll add “hmm”. Thanks for gilding. Too kind.


An experimental tower over 100 metres (328 feet) high in northern China – dubbed the world’s biggest air purifier by its operators – has brought a noticeable improvement in air quality, according to the scientist leading the project, as authorities seek ways to tackle the nation’s chronic smog problem.

The tower has been built in Xian in Shaanxi province and is undergoing testing by researchers at the Institute of Earth Environment at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The head of the research, Cao Junji, said improvements in air quality had been observed over an area of 10 square kilometres (3.86 square miles) in the city over the past few months and the tower has managed to produce more than 10 million cubic metres (353 million cubic feet) of clean air a day since its launch. Cao added that on severely polluted days the tower was able to reduce smog close to moderate levels.

The system works through greenhouses covering about half the size of a soccer field around the base of the tower.

Polluted air is sucked into the glasshouses and heated up by solar energy. The hot air then rises through the tower and passes through multiple layers of cleaning filters.

“The tower has no peer in terms of size … the results are quite encouraging,” said Cao.

Xian can experience heavy pollution in winter, with much of the city’s heating relying on coal.

The tower’s operators say, however, that the system still works in the cold months as coatings on the greenhouses enable the glass to absorb solar radiation at a much higher efficiency.

Cao’s team set up more than a dozen pollution monitoring stations in the area to test the tower’s impact.

The average reduction in PM2.5 – the fine particles in smog deemed most harmful to health – fell 15 per cent during heavy pollution.

Are China’s new green taxes tough enough to fight pollution?

Cao said the results were preliminary because the experiment is still ongoing. The team plans to release more detailed data in March with a full scientific assessment of the facility’s overall performance.

The top of the tower pictured during building work. Photo: Handout The Xian smog tower project was launched by the academy in 2015 and construction was completed last year at a development zone in the Chang’an district. The purpose of the project was to find an effective, low cost method to artificially remove pollutants from the atmosphere. The cost of the project was not disclosed.

What was previously thought to be the largest smog tower in China was built last year by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde at 798, a creative park in Beijing.

The seven-metre (23-feet) tall tower produced about eight cubic metres (282.5 cubic feet) of clean air per second. It was entirely powered by electricity, most of which is generated by coal-fired power plants in China.

Cao, however, said their tower in Xian required little power to run.

“It barely requires any power input throughout daylight hours. The idea has worked very well in the test run,” he said.

57% of British people want a second Brexit referendum if May fails to secure a deal with the EU. by Plymouth03 in worldnews

[–]Pindar_MC 98 points99 points  (0 children)

I'd be wary of these polls, they've not been right before Brexit so they're not going to be right now. We had a general election less than a year ago and the main party campaigning for a second Brexit referendum (the Liberal Democrats) received just 7.4% of the vote. Meanwhile, both the Conservative and Labour parties do not support a second referendum.

Young voters seem the most uninformed group out there. Masses of them voted for Labour under the bizarre impression that its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is pro-European, when he's been one of the country's most prominent Eurosceptics for 40 years. Even just yesterday Mr Corbyn rejected the notion of Britain remaining in the European Single Market after Brexit, in essence supporting a harder Brexit.

Talk about not knowing what you're voting for!

Edit: Thank you very much for giving my comment gold, I do appreciate it very much!

Hijab attack on girl was a hoax - Canada by becauseits2018 in worldnews

[–]nowholdon 1531 points1532 points x2 (0 children)

This is yet another example of how toxic 24-hour media coverage has become. There is little to no time given to prove or disprove an allegation before people begin going insane. Lives are being destroyed. It's the colosseum.

News = Entertainment = Revenue

The news is not here to inform you, guys. It is here to make money off of you. It is no different than athletics, film, music, etc. The political madness/divisiveness - the war-centric rants - the celebrity culture - the back-and-forth "spin". It's all to make money. Nothing more. It's a show.

Source: Have worked in media for years making money off of the public's short attention spans and hunger for hatred. Coincidentally, I stopped watching news coverage of ANY kind within a year or two of entering the industry. It's a ruse, and a horribly destructive one at that.

Edit: THANKS for the Golds, my friends!

Hijab attack on girl was a hoax - Canada by becauseits2018 in worldnews

[–]Tragicanomaly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean I guess I could see how it could create emotional trauma being the victim of a hate crime even though when it comes down to it it's just a piece of clothing. I wonder what kind of sentences someone would get for this.

Increases in internet use linked to a loss of religious affiliation, study finds by maxwellhill in worldnews

[–]j4kefr0mstat3farm 47 points48 points  (0 children)

A lot of people do use religion as a stopgap for the unexplainable, or to provide simple answers to difficult questions, even though that isn't what religion is supposed to be about, at least in the context of theology and religious philosophy. A lot of the dogmatic religious denominations that internet atheists love to criticize are offshoots of evangelical movements that go all the way back to the Great Awakening when relatively untrained preachers were dispatched to minister to huge numbers of people and the necessity of reaching a lot of people quickly and the lack of formal theological training led to a massive simplification of doctrine. The reason religion is declining is because so many people are waking up to the obvious flaws and contradictions in the overly simplified religious doctrines (i.e. fundamentalism) that people cling to, and people who want to have deeper discussions and explorations come to believe that all religion is fundamentalist because of how much more evangelizing and political agitating dogmatic denominations do.

U.S. ambassador to Panama resigns because he can 'no longer work for Trump'. by AdamCannon in worldnews

[–]homer62 6227 points6228 points x3 (0 children)

Its basic human nature to want to believe you've uniquely figured out something others have not. People want to be counter-intuitive because that means the greatest number of people are wrong and that means they are that much smarter / better. People bad mouth others to feel superior to them and that is just to compensate for all the reasons they feel bad about themselves.

Switzerland bans boiling lobsters alive by Anahata___ in worldnews

[–]trlababalan 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That comment was cheesy.

EDIT: Thank you, the unknown Swiss redditor.

Fees and Surchages for Credit and Debit Card payments to be banned in the UK from today by vivainvitro in worldnews

[–]jimothyjones 48 points49 points  (0 children)

That's fine. I'll start going back to non paperless requiring you to mail me paper and pay for postage. And i'll send you back a form of payment that requires a real human to process it. Problem solved.

Protesters shouting pro-Brexit and Pro-Donald Trump slogans disrupt speech by London Mayor Sadiq Khan by FlavourFlavius in worldnews

[–]Mein_Bergkamp 826 points827 points  (0 children)

Made more amusing by the fact that if king Arthur existed he spent his entire life fighting....the Saxons...

Edit: Many thanks for the gold kind stranger!

The U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands finally admits 'no-go zone' claims were false by Jamessuperfun in worldnews

[–]nioki23 1193 points1194 points  (0 children)

No, he's not shocked he said that. The shock he had was when the Netherlands press corps wouldn't let him get away with his lies and then lying about lying.

Ghanaian schoolgirls have been banned from crossing a river while they are menstruating - and on Tuesdays. The ban, apparently given by a local river god, has outraged children's activists, especially as girls must cross the river to reach school. by madazzahatter in worldnews

[–]DoxxingShillDownvote 113 points114 points  (0 children)

Actually it's a pretty good strategy. This way you get the smartest and the strongest Anyone too weak gets washed away and anyone too dumb gets thrown in the river too? I mean that wasn't in the article but I am assuming

U.K. Government Plans 'Northern Forest' of 50 Million New Trees spanning across England from Liverpool on West coast to the East coast city of Hull by shadilal_gharjode in worldnews

[–]RavenTattoos 104 points105 points  (0 children)

"We didn't land on Sherwood Forest! Sherwood Forest landed on us!"

Edit: Holy Shite! I fall asleep and when I wake up, someone has given me gold! You're smashing kind stranger! Never thought a line from Men In Tights would be what got me there!

African Union: Trump 's***hole' remarks dishonor 'American creed' by ginger_bredman in worldnews

[–]najing_ftw 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The stink of Trump will be on the US for a long time.

Thank you for the gold! As a personal favor to me, please vote in the mid term Elections.