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Whale numbers[edit]

Sorry, but there are way more than 411 humpbacks left. Read the article carefully - groups can be as small as 400. Come down to Kaikoura, New Zealand to see some! — Unsigned, by: Huttoldboys / talk / contribs

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I've removed the sentence, there are currently at least 80,000 globally in case anyone was interested. Christopher (talk) 15:16, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

I mighta borked it.[edit]

C®ackeЯ 02:27, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

Hawking and hyperbole[edit]

250 degrees? Really? While it is possible to trigger a feedback loop in the Earth, to do so would require somewhere around 10 times as much oil, coal and gas remaining in the Earth's crust. That's not going to happen. Worst case scenario is that we burn all the fossil fuels, which raises the Earth's temperature by 4 degrees celcius, which causes massive climate shifts and ends our current ice age, which basically causes mass starvation and instability throughout the world, but with nuclear weapons. 9/10 of humans die, civilization enters a dark age, and over the next millenia the Earth recovers enough for society to rebuild, just more slowly as the less renewable resources are more scarce than before. But enough of this fearmongering about 250 degrees. CorruptUser (talk) 03:48, 4 July 2017 (UTC)

rats and sinking ships[edit]

this a poor analogy of the mooch's departure. it usually refers to people leaving of their own accord not firings/forced resignations. it could not be applied to any of trumps team, except maybe spicer, unless you consider his sidelining as constructive dismissal. AMassiveGay (talk) 17:41, 1 August 2017 (UTC)

Captain of Sinking Ship Files Patent for Rat Catapult. ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 17:59, 1 August 2017 (UTC)

WIGO Trump[edit]

It's getting so it might be worth having a WIGO page just about Trump... Real first name and last initialTalk, talk, talk skim my contributions 11:45, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

Agreed, he is becoming a meme in his own right. Euromec (talk) 18:49, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

why bother? If its not interesting enough for this wigo then its just a tedious breakdown of each and every tweet. AMassiveGay (talk) 19:10, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

Virginia incident[edit]

@Dogeatsdog: @Blanquismo:

Re: this edit:

These two WIGO entries are the same:

White nationalist rally in Charlottesville, VA: Car plows into crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring dozens.
Hundreds of white nationalists protest in the University of Virginia, against whatever oppression they are facing.

While the latter's headline doesn't include the car plowing, it does if you actually click the link:

A 32-year-old woman died when a car slammed into a crowd in Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, police said. Five people suffered critical injuries and four had serious injuries from the car strike, the University of Virginia Health System said.

As for the former’s headline, I think it's rather poor taste. It's the type of shocking headlines that generate millions in revenue off the expense of people's deaths. It's even poorer taste that they have videos of it and a picture.HamburgerPlate (talk) 00:38, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

I acquiesce to the sentiment that they are essentially the same, but I believe the final entry concerning the event should reflect the fact that the protest turned deadly, for the sake of journalism. If this were phrased in as little a "clickbait" way as possible as per your liking I would be be satisfied. (talk) 01:06, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
"White nationalist rally and its counter-protest in Charlottesville, VA turns deadly."—HamburgerPlate (talk) 01:14, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
Perfect (talk) 01:16, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
"Is it just me, or did you just make it INTO clickbait?)" --RBP heh, I guess I did! :P—HamburgerPlate (talk) 02:03, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Mother of Charlottesville victim[edit]

How dare a grieving mother not be on message. what a bitch. AMassiveGay (talk) 10:11, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

The sentence makes it seem she cares more about Trump than her daughter's recent death, which doesn't look the case. We should either rewrite the sentence or ditch it entirely - I don't see it going above -7. -- Forerunner (talk) 20:31, 16 August 2017 (UTC)