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The latest entries into the pit of despair

The age of a corpse
27 January

The body of a 38-year-old woman, who is thought to have died in November 2017, was found in her home over three years later, in May 2021. It's a sad and tragic case.

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in the news; random thoughts & brain farts
Black on black
27 January

Five black police officers are under investigation for the death of a black motorist in Memphis, TN. Ironically, they were part of a special team to police high-crime areas, named SCORPION: Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods. As tensions in Memphis rise, that's not going to age well.

crime & punishment
Fish out of water
26 January

First minister for Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, is at it again. The it being not thinking things through to their logical conclusion. In the case of a transgender woman rapist being remanded in a women's prison, she seems to think that transgender women aren't a threat to real, biologically-relevant ones.

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crime & punishment; pandering; politics
Sore loser
25 January

Chinonye Chukwu, who wrote and directed Till, which garnered no nominations for this year's Oscars, showed magnanimity in rejection…by accusing Hollywoke of unabashed misogyny towards Black women. This is despite AMPAS doubling its female and ethnic minority members in 2020, as well as mandating arbitrary diversity criteria for nominations in the best picture category.

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entertainment; snowflake
Popularity contest
25 January

In what might be seen as a desperate attempt to garner public interest, and viewing figures, this year's Oscars nominations for best picture include some that were actually popular with cinema-going audiences.

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entertainment

The latest updates to past woes

The safety dance
24 January

The catatonic shitheads in HR have been bypassed by those among the company's executive leadership, who've decided to apply a blanket 0% achievement for our personal safety goal. They've gotta save money somehow.

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corporate cobblers
Psycho
17 January

Sarah Beasley first approached me on 06.12.2022, grubbing around for submissions to volume 5 of Medicine and Clinical Science. At that time, the deadline for submission was 15 December.

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bonkers; predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
Educating Elena
17 January

This has just arrived in my inbox this morning. I'm not sure if she's now mocking my terrible English. If she is, that's incredibly meta of her. (nod)

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email
Nurse! The screens!
11 January

Waffle may obtain its definitions from Wiktionary, but I'm not so sure about the in-use examples. The problem is—as with any open-source, free-to-edit, hivemind database—Wiktionary changes almost capriciously. So it's difficult to know what was valid at any time without sleuthing. And, even then, it may be a fruitless task. So I'm not even going to bother.

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language; random thoughts & brain farts
Of obesity and weight management
5 January

WOC 2022 may well be over, but that simply allows us the opportunity to gear up for WOC 2023! Perhaps it's too early for the organisers to decide on a theme for this year's cerebral shenanigans, because Sharon has neglected it if they have. But they're going to be hard-pushed to better the already classic Lifting Endless Possibilities in Resilience to Obesity.*

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predatory publishing & conferences; unsolicited commercial email

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