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  1. AD1184

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    In a parliament of dullards, the Labour MP for Leicester East, Claudia Webbe, is a real stand-out in terms of stupidity.

    Speaking at a session of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, she asked a tellingly stupid question of Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. In late May, the Irish (not British) Ryan Air Flight 4978, from Athens to Vilnius, was forced down in Belarusian airspace by a fighter jet under the false pretence of a bomb threat against the aircraft. In actuality, the bomb threat was a ruse to apprehend passenger Roman Protasevich, a Belarusian dissident journalist.

    At the select committee meeting Webbe asked Raab if the government intended to take legal action against Belarus over the incident. Raab (no great intellect himself) asked her what legal action should be considered and in what court. Webbe (who claims to have taken 'socio-legal studies' as a postgraduate) was unable to answer. Here is a transcript of the embarrassing exchange:

    Webbe: Let me just start with a quick fire one on Belarus as we've just spoken about that. Why does the government not consider legal action to be necessary in the case of Belarus?

    Raab: In the case of, I didn't catch the name, why don't we consider sorry, what, legal action, on Belarus?

    Webbe: Why does the government not consider legal action to be necessary in the case of Belarus?

    Raab: What is the legal action that you're proposing?

    Webbe: Well – I mean I'm asking you the question...

    Raab: Sorry, I'm trying to clarify –

    Webbe: I mean does the government consider legal action to be necessary at all?

    Raab: Sorry forgive me, what I was trying to clarify is: who do you want us to sue and where?

    Webbe: Well... do you agree that the situation in Belarus requires an intervention from the UK?

     
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    The adjective "marine" refers to the sea specifically, and not to freshwater. Unless these are sea fish, going into what are presumably freshwater lakes, then they are not marine life.

    Time was when newspapers used to employ staff, called editors, who would correct errors like that before they made it to print (or got put in the online edition, in the early days of the medium). Staff also used to be expected to know the meaning of words.
     
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  3. nivek

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    Lightning strike in India kills 18 people taking selfies at 12th-century tower

    A lightning strike killed 18 people taking storm selfies at the top of a 12-century watchtower in northern India Sunday, according to officials. There were nearly 30 people at the Amer Fort, a popular tourist attraction near Jaipur, where the lightning strike occurred, BBC News reported.

    An eyewitness told Reuters TV partner ANI that "many people died in front of our eyes.

    "If people had gotten help and authorities had reached on time then [they would have been alive]," the eyewitness said. "We brought many people down. We rescued the people who were still alive, those who were still breathing and pulled some people out of the gorge."

    Law enforcement sources said most of those at the tower during the lightning strike were young people. The lightning strike was part of a storm that tore through northern India. By Monday morning lightning had killed at least 38 people across two Indian states over the previous 24 hours.

    A majority of the deaths occurred in the western state of Rajasthan, where 11 people died after being struck by lightning near a watchtower at the 12th century Amber Fort, police said. Senior police officer Anand Srivastava said some of the victims were taking selfies near the watchtower when lightning struck late Sunday.

    State governments announced financial compensation for the families of the victims and those who were injured. The Indian Meteorological Department, meanwhile, has warned of more lightning in the next two days.

    Lightning strikes are common during India's monsoon season, which runs from June to September. More than 2,900 people were killed by lightning in India in 2019, according to the most recent official figures available.

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    Lightning strikes in India kill 38 people in 24 hours

    Lightning has killed at least 38 people across two Indian states over the past 24 hours, officials said Monday. A majority of the deaths occurred in the western state of Rajasthan, where 11 people died after being struck by lightning near a watchtower at the 12th century Amber Fort, police said.

    Senior police officer Anand Srivastava said some of the victims were taking selfies near the watchtower when lightning struck late Sunday. Srivastava said at least nine more people were killed and nearly 20 others were injured in separate lightning strikes when the state was lashed with thunderstorms and monsoon rains.

    In Uttar Pradesh, 18 people were killed by lightning on Sunday, said Manoj Dixit, a government official. Most of those killed were farm laborers working in fields. Both state governments announced financial compensation for the families of the victims and those who were injured.

    The Indian Meteorological Department has warned of more lightning in the next two days. Lightning strikes are common during India’s monsoon season, which runs from June to September.

    More than 2,900 people were killed by lightning in India in 2019, according to the the most recent official figures available.

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    British man survives 15,000ft fall after parachute fails

    A paratrooper has miraculously survived after his parachute failed to open correctly during a jump. For anyone who has ever contemplated undertaking a parachute jump, the prospect of the parachute failing to open is typically the number one concern.

    While such an occurrence is rare, it can and does happen - often with devastating consequences. In this particular case however, the unfortunate parachutist actually made it home alive.

    The British paratrooper, whose name has not been disclosed, had jumped from a plane during a High Altitude Low Opening (Halo) exercise over California when he lost control and his parachute failed to open correctly.

    After plummeting 15,000ft he landed on a house, smashed through the roof and ended up in the owner's kitchen with nothing but a few minor injuries to show for his ordeal.

    "[He] came through the roof, through the tresses and there's not that much damage in the house," said the homeowner's mother. "It's amazing. It's mostly the ceiling, the sheetrock. He missed the counters, appliances, everything."

    Local police later confirmed that he was "conscious but stunned with complaints of pain but no visible serious injuries." He has since been taken to hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

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    Woman Crashes Car At 190km/h After Telling God 'To Take The Wheel'

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    A mother and daughter are lucky to be alive after a horror crash that tried to involve the heavens. The 31-year-old is accused of telling God to 'take the wheel' as a test of faith while they were driving through Beachwood, Ohio last month.

    Fox 8 news claimed the woman's car managed to reach a speed of up to 190km/h before it slammed into another car at an intersection before violently spinning off the road, into electricity poles and crashing into a house.

    When emergency services arrived, the woman admitted to being behind the wheel. She and her 11-year-old were taken to hospital for evaluation after the daughter complained of a sore head. The mum explained how she drove recklessly because she wanted to 'test her faith with God' and simply slammed on the accelerator to let the Almighty take control.

    She wasn't under any form of intoxication and was reportedly wanting to see whether this stunt would help put her on the right path. Local media report she told authorities she had been through 'trials and tribulations' and decided to 'let go and let God take the wheel'. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the crash and the driver of the other car managed to survive without any permanently damage.

    Despite everything that happened, the 31-year-old claimed she did the right thing. She's now been charged with felony assault, endangering a child and driving under suspension.

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    Dump truck hits bridge so hard it moves 6 feet

    A dump trailer truck with its dumper raised slammed into a Georgia highway overpass early Thursday morning so hard that it moved it six feet. "It's something our engineers have never seen before," a Georgia Department of Transportation spokesperson said.

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    The incident took place around 1:30 a.m. on Interstate 16 in Soperton where it passes under SR-86.

    No one was injured and it hasn't yet been determined if the dumper full of tractor tires was in the wrong position due to driver error or a malfunction.


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    The major artery that connects Macon and Savannah will be closed in both directions until the bridge deck is demolished and lanes are cleared.

    The GTOD told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that it hopes to have at least one lane open in each direction by Sunday.

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    Who deserves the most blame, the driver or the dispatcher?
     
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  9. nivek

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    The driver had to be going way too fast to hit that bridge so hard to move it like that...

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    Giant 100-pound moonfish which typically lives in the tropics is found dead on Oregon beach

    A more than 3-foot long moonfish was found dead on a beach in Seaside, OR. Experts say the 100lb fish is a rare site this far up north and may have fled the tropics in search of cooler waters. Along with providing insight into climate change, wildlife officials hope to use the fish to learn about the basic biology and ecology of opah, which is a mystery to the scientific community. The opah was reported to the Seaside Aquarium Wednesday when it was found laying on on the beach with one fin raised in the air and its beady eye staring toward its back.

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