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Indonesian artist attempts suicide[edit]

http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/rizzydraws-suicide-attempt Jesus Christ. — Unsigned, by: / talk

Corporate exploitation of Africa[edit]

Somebody should make a page offering well-sourced and comprehensive coverage of the ongoing rape of the African continent, as well as the money trails leading from African dictators and warlords to banks and corporate robber barons. Something like this...


But more in-depth, and with more sources and notes. Most citizens of the U.S. don't seem to know about this, and stereotypes about African poverty are frequently used by Alt Reich trolls to advance the claim that black people are "inferior" to insecure white idiots.Phantom666 (talk) 19:43, 2 October 2018 (UTC)Phantom666

Good idea, off you go. — Unsigned, by: / talk

A very important message we need to see right now.[edit]

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/europes-border-crisis/bulgarian-vigilantes-patrol-turkey-border-keep-migrants-out-n723481?fbclid=IwAR3HR-aB5lBwRvOBHCtGvXIVbhsuZDTDjEwbS9gjCpiU4m-yfQV24u8FMP4 — Unsigned, by: / talk

Britain Faces Risk of Sperm Shortage in Event of No-Deal Brexit[edit]

An old story, but a funny histrionic one regardless, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-23/britain-faces-risk-of-sperm-shortage-in-event-of-no-deal-brexit -- (talk) 03:18, 22 December 2018 (UTC)


I don't like that article. The writing was in a weird tone trying to compare the meat industry to the tobbacco industry. It ended way too early when I was asking so many questions. It didn't convince me that nitrites are dangerous and it certainly won't change our stance on nitrites. It talked about evidence but it mentioned only that WHO IARC cancer classifications, which falls in the same trap as "glyphosate bad" trap. As for the John Hopkins study, I saw the rat studies but the human studies show a relationship between nitrites cured meat though I didn't see controls at a glance. The rat one does seem concerning as it had controls between nitrites free chow and nitrites chow, so it seemed convincing at a glance though it's only an animal study. I took it with a grain of celery salt. The authorities cited seem all right, but the statements, not so much? The article also seemed to be advertising nitrite free brand? --It's-a me, LeftyGreenMario!(Mod) 03:27, 30 December 2018 (UTC)

Missed this, but nitrites have indeed got credible evidence suggesting they cause colorectal cancers, but the absolute risk is miniscule compared to smoking. also nitrates in water. It's not good for you. It's not a major factor in all-cause mortality, but it's real and active, and demonstrated by multiple studies. The point where action will be warranted will be when blinded, interventionist trials are executed and demonstrate the value in active reduction. ikanreed 🐐Bleat at me 21:15, 3 January 2019 (UTC)

WIGO numbers[edit]

@Don Juan @Euromec We are not in the 190,000s, we're in the 19,000s, please stop posting polls that high up. π”Šπ”¬π”žπ”±-π”ˆπ”ͺ𝔭𝔒𝔯𝔬𝔯 𝔅𝔦𝔀𝔰 (𝔴𝔬𝔯𝔑𝔰 𝔬𝔣 𝔴𝔦𝔰𝔑𝔬π”ͺ/π”žπ” π”₯𝔦𝔒𝔳𝔒π”ͺ𝔒𝔫𝔱𝔰) 22:12, 3 January 2019 (UTC)