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Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:26 am

FEARS are growing for a whale which swam up the Thames yesterday after losing its way in the North Sea.

It is the first time since 1913 that a northern bottlenose whale has been seen in the Thames. As word spread, hundreds of people rushed to the river to watch as it swam past the Houses of Parliament.

Experts are very concerned about the whale's chances of making it back to sea, about 60 kilometres downstream. If it becomes stranded it may have to be put down.


http://smh.com.au/news/world/lost-wh...uise/2006/01/21/1137734186410.html

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 4:16 am

It died.








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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 4:35 am

So sad

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:00 am

Aww.

In the 24 hours the story was on the front pages, 22000 children in the world have died of preventable pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles, malaria and malnutrition.

Imagine September 11th times four and a half, where all the victims were children under five.

If you're going to get sad about something, I would suggest there are much worse things to cry about than a lowly whale.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:05 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 3):
In the 24 hours the story was on the front pages, 22000 children in the world have died of preventable pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles, malaria and malnutrition.

Imagine September 11th times four and a half, where all the victims were children under five.

If you're going to get sad about something, I would suggest there are much worse things to cry about than a lowly whale.

WOW, you weren't impressed with the whale?
 
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:10 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 3):
Aww.

In the 24 hours the story was on the front pages, 22000 children in the world have died of preventable pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles, malaria and malnutrition.

Imagine September 11th times four and a half, where all the victims were children under five.

If you're going to get sad about something, I would suggest there are much worse things to cry about than a lowly whale.

Empathy is not a question of either/or.

Tragedy goes on around the world in many places and many ways, but if you are unable to feel anything for another intelligent being, ill and in distress, then I can only offer you my sympathy for being somewhat less than human yourself.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:18 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 3):
Aww.

Typical from 777236 . . . I feel sorry for your inability to feel for this creature. Even a tad bit. Must be terrible for you . . . always being so negative.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:31 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 5):
but if you are unable to feel anything for another intelligent being, ill and in distress, then I can only offer you my sympathy for being somewhat less than human yourself.

It's not a question about sympathy, it's a question of scale. I feel a lot more for the 22000 more intelligent children, for crying out loud, that have died of preventable diseases, and all you can do is lambast me for not feeling sympathy for the whale?

The story has been all over the front pages and at the top of all radio and TV news. Don't you think there are slightly more important things to be concerned about?

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 6):
Must be terrible for you . . . always being so negative.

Oh, boo hoo. Because I feel a bit more sympathy for tens of thousands of dead children over a single whale this makes me 'terrible' and 'negative'?
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:38 am

777236ER has his opinion.

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 3):
In the 24 hours the story was on the front pages, 22000 children in the world have died of preventable pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles, malaria and malnutrition.

And you did not do anything to help these children.

Now that's sad using your rationale.
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Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:40 am

Quoting Clipperhawaii (Reply 8):
And you did not do anything to help these children.

How do you know I did nothing?
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:43 am

What will happen to the whale corpse? Will it be removed or simply left in the river to decompose?

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:43 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 9):
How do you know I did nothing?

Your attitude of your posts on here. That's how.

Case closed!

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:45 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 7):
It's not a question about sympathy, it's a question of scale. I feel a lot more for the 22000 more intelligent children, for crying out loud, that have died of preventable diseases, and all you can do is lambast me for not feeling sympathy for the whale?

It's not a competition, and I find it slightly disturbing you seem to think it is. Empathising with a possibly sentient being that was highly stressed and terrified and ultimately lost its life does not preclude anything else. I do not lambast you for anything, but I do question the mentality of someone who seems to believe that because there are other terrible things in the world, it is somehow wrong to have a normal, human response to seeing a fellow mammal in distress.

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 7):
The story has been all over the front pages and at the top of all radio and TV news. Don't you think there are slightly more important things to be concerned about?

An arguable point, certainly. But quite frankly, given what you wrote before, it is more than slightly sanctimonious. There is endless media coverage of many things that are irrelevant in comparison. You don't respond in such a manner to everything else, you wait for a being to die. Strange.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:46 am

Whale Steaks on the Eel n Pie stand tonight then? Big grin

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:47 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 12):
given what you wrote before, it is more than slightly sanctimonious.

That's a slam dunk!

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Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:56 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 7):

It's not a question about sympathy, it's a question of scale. I feel a lot more for the 22000 more intelligent children, for crying out loud, that have died of preventable diseases, and all you can do is lambast me for not feeling sympathy for the whale?

Noone suggested that you shouldn't. Is it not possible to feel sympathy with both the children and the whale for you? Noone in here said that they feel more sorry for the whale than all those children so stop letting out trash ok?
 
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 6:59 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 12):
Empathising with a possibly sentient being that was highly stressed and terrified and ultimately lost its life does not preclude anything else.

The problem is that more than not there isn't anything else. The wailing (!) cardigan-wearing hippies and the slightly confused business men on the Thames creating that oh! so juxtaposed shot the papers love may worry a bit about the whale, but will likely almost never think about the much much more serious problems in the world.

Quoting Banco (Reply 12):
I do not lambast you for anything, but I do question the mentality of someone who seems to believe that because there are other terrible things in the world, it is somehow wrong to have a normal, human response to seeing a fellow mammal in distress.

There's nothing wrong with feeling empathy for the whale, but when the empathy is totally above any reasonable amount, then there's cause for concern. For half of yesterday we saw continuous aerial shots of...the Thames. Occasionally there was a blob with a slightly bored-sounding commentator telling us how this is the first time 'since records began' a whale has been spotted swimming up the Thames.

Was there honestly nothing else in the public interest for those hours?

Quoting Banco (Reply 12):
But quite frankly, given what you wrote before, it is more than slightly sanctimonious.

Don't think I don't feel sympathy for the whale. I think it's a sad things, but there are much much sadder things going on in the world.

Quoting Banco (Reply 12):
You don't respond in such a manner to everything else, you wait for a being to die.

Because stories about who Sven is banging at the moment, or who's being evicted from the Big Brother house are usually harmless. The mass outpouring of grief - and that's what it is - from the media at times like these just goes to show how the priorities of many people are really out of whack.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:02 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 3):
Aww.

In the 24 hours the story was on the front pages, 22000 children in the world have died of preventable pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles, malaria and malnutrition.

Imagine September 11th times four and a half, where all the victims were children under five.

If you're going to get sad about something, I would suggest there are much worse things to cry about than a lowly whale.



Quoting 777236ER (Reply 9):
Quoting Clipperhawaii (Reply 8):
And you did not do anything to help these children.


How do you know I did nothing?

but according to your post in another thread there is nothing you cannot do! your perfect aren't you?
 
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:06 am

Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 17):
but according to your post in another thread there is nothing you cannot do! your perfect aren't you?

It was a joke. Although, you mean 'you're'.  Wink

Why is this turning into an attack against me? Maybe I do sound sanctimonious, but I merely said that there is a MASSIVE difference between the death of one whale and the thousands upon thousands of human deaths that occur each day that are preventable.
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Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:06 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 7):
h, boo hoo. Because I feel a bit more sympathy for tens of thousands of dead children over a single whale this makes me 'terrible' and 'negative'?

I feel no less sympathy for the poor, wasted lives of some of the children on the planet than you do . . .

I feel sorry for this mammal, and empathize - occasionally we get dozens of whales stranded in Cook Inlet here and their plight is covered well on the news - we (Alaskans) just don't bitch about it like it's nothing.

The point of this thread however, was the plight of this particular whale . . . and, in true A-Net fashion, there's always at least one member that must come along and ruin a thread simply because the sentiment isn't the same. . . adding absolutely frickin' nothing to the thread at all.

All that is required is to not say a damn thing . . . descretion is the better part of valor - and also proves who the adults are and who the children are . . . mentally anyway . . .

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:11 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 19):
The point of this thread however, was the plight of this particular whale . . . and, in true A-Net fashion, there's always at least one member that must come along and ruin a thread simply because the sentiment isn't the same. . . adding absolutely frickin' nothing to the thread at all.

Ok, so 'so sad  Sad' adds something to a thread that's ultimately just a posting of news, but a reasonable and valid point about the scale of suffering in the world is called 'ruining the thread'?

Trust me, the whale isn't looking down from heaven, upset because we're not all weeping over its loss.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:13 am

Simply put:

A whale swimming up the Thames is news, in that it is an unusual event and people are interested.

22,000 children dieing everyday isn't an unusual event because it happens exactly that, every day. You can't really expect to read the same headline every day.

Its a shame that its become so common that 22,000 people dieing everyday isn't news......nowhere near that scale, but also a shame, is a whale swimming up the Thames and dieing!


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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:17 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 18):
Why is this turning into an attack against me? Maybe I do sound sanctimonious,

Yes, you do, I'm afraid. The thing is, some of your points, about the way the media offer saturation coverage of items like these is a very valid one, and certainly worthy of discussion; but dismissing the sadness of this particular animal's death as you initially did weakens those points.

I notice you've modified your responses further on, and perhaps it was just an intemperate first post of the kind that we've all done occasionally. If so, that's unfortunate, and perhaps it might be best to come clean on that point.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:19 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 18):
Why is this turning into an attack against me?

cos no one likes you  Wink
 
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:21 am

As much as I feel for this animal, and yes, it is upsetting, I have to say, I'm pretty sure worse things happen to animals each day.
Yes fine, it is terrible, but Im now getting people on MSN tell me to add a rose to my username as a mark of respect for the whale. Im sorry, but that is pushing it. Last time I put a rose in my username was in honor of the victims of 7/7, quite a jump from a dead whale.
777236ER I agree with your view, and your post made me laugh because of your perspective.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:23 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 22):
I notice you've modified your responses further on, and perhaps it was just an intemperate first post of the kind that we've all done occasionally. If so, that's unfortunate, and perhaps it might be best to come clean on that point.

The point I was making all along is that any significant display of grief over this event is misguided. A whale is lowly compared to 22000 children. There are much more important things to get sad about.

If my points are valid ones, they're valid in whatever context they're made.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:26 am

Quoting FlyKev (Reply 24):
Yes fine, it is terrible, but Im now getting people on MSN tell me to add a rose to my username as a mark of respect for the whale. Im sorry, but that is pushing it. Last time I put a rose in my username was in honor of the victims of 7/7, quite a jump from a dead whale.

Really? Oh dear.  Yeah sure

No, I agree with you entirely that people can and do go entirely over the top. Personally, it's a mild, brief sadness and nothing more, which is why I agree that 777236ER has a point about the media coverage. It does need to be kept in perspective, but it was the initial implication of who gives a stuff that got the response.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:28 am

Quoting FlyKev (Reply 24):
777236ER I agree with your view, and your post made me laugh because of your perspective.

Why did no one laugh at my 'wailing' joke?  Sad
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:31 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 25):
The point I was making all along is that any significant display of grief over this event is misguided.

(My bold above)

Of course it is! But I'm not sure that "It died" and "So sad" really are significant displays of grief. I would agree that it is sad too, but personally without your reply I'd never have responded to this thread and never really thought much more about the whole subject beyond my initial "Oh that's a shame" when I heard it had died.
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Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:39 am

Quoting Banco (Reply 28):
Of course it is! But I'm not sure that "It died" and "So sad" really are significant displays of grief. I would agree that it is sad too, but personally without your reply I'd never have responded to this thread and never really thought much more about the whole subject beyond my initial "Oh that's a shame" when I heard it had died.

Ok, perhaps no one on this website went overboard (!), but when the commentary of the might Bradford City match was interrupted, it annoyed me a bit.  Sad

It's a shame, yes, but trust me far too many people feel the death of this whale too keenly. The majority of it is driven by the media, granted. But still, far too often a total and complete devotion to animals is shown where a kind of moral ambivalence is shown to human suffering.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:32 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 20):
Trust me, the whale isn't looking down from heaven, upset because we're not all weeping over its loss.

To borrow a phrase from you..."How do you know?"

Why use a shovel when you can use a....






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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:49 am

I have three theory's on what they'll do with its body
1. put it on display at a british marine museum
2. let pedigree (dog food) bring out a limeted time flavour
3. let channel four do a live autopsy on their channel

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 8:56 am

Im now waiting for the 1 minute silence, a memorial, the renaming of LHR airport (to become London Whale Int., London free willy international or likewise) and an official day commemorating it, as well as a state funeral.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:04 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 6):
Typical from 777236 . . . I feel sorry for your inability to feel for this creature. Even a tad bit. Must be terrible for you . . . always being so negative.

What a bunch of crap. It's a whale, not a human being.

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 3):
In the 24 hours the story was on the front pages, 22000 children in the world have died of preventable pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles, malaria and malnutrition.

Far more worthy of our attention than a whale swimming up a river. Bull sharks in the Mississippi are far more important than a whale in the Thames (although it could be a small hazard to navigation, I suppose).

Quoting Banco (Reply 12):
Empathising with a possibly sentient being that was highly stressed and terrified and ultimately lost its life does not preclude anything else.

It's not human. It's an animal. They die when they get sick and die or die of old age, just like we do. A whale that you've never even seen makes a spectacle of itself and you act like it's worth crying over?

I agree with 777236ER, and that doesn't happen often.
 
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Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:25 am

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 33):
I agree with 777236ER, and that doesn't happen often.

Whales are swimming into cities and dying, MD-90 agrees with me...is the apocalypse coming? Can I still repent?
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Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:31 am

There's still time! Hurry!
 
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Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:32 am

Quoting Jamesbuk (Reply 31):
3. let channel four do a live autopsy on their channel

There really are people who are whale autopsy technicians.
 
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:37 am

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 3):
Aww.

In the 24 hours the story was on the front pages, 22000 children in the world have died of preventable pneumonia, diarrhoea, measles, malaria and malnutrition.

Imagine September 11th times four and a half, where all the victims were children under five.

If you're going to get sad about something, I would suggest there are much worse things to cry about than a lowly whale.

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:43 am

I have to admit that I HAVEN'T EVEN SCANNED THIS THREAD..... but, I do have sympathy and empathy for this little critter.

I ALSO have a grandson who's life is hanging by a thread right now. He has one (1) more chance for a successful operation in the next few weeks. Leukemia. A very bad prognosis. Not good thing for us.

But even he, if asked his opinion, would have wanted this fellow creature to survive.

Please pray for my grandson.... Kuri-chan in San Diego.

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:43 am

Millions of people are saddened by the death of this whale.

Yet, tonight they might enjoy a steak without even a thought as to the animal it came from.

Does this strike anyone else as odd?
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:48 am

Quoting MD-90 (Reply 36):
There really are people who are whale autopsy technicians.

The entire thing has been pretty interesting, if a bit scary. They surrounded it with speakers in the water in order to surrounded it with a 'wall of sound' in order to stop it. I was predicting the whale to a. be electrocuted by the speakers b. go mental after being bombarded with noise and sink 4-5 ships with the loss of all souls or c. explode.

None of that happened though. Bit of an anticlimax.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 9:59 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 19):
I feel sorry for this mammal, and empathize - occasionally we get dozens of whales stranded in Cook Inlet here and their plight is covered well on the news - we (Alaskans) just don't bitch about it like it's nothing.

Do you remember 1986, when those three grays got caught in the ice up by Barrow? After a couple weeks ok dinking around with AKANG CH-54's dropping weights to punch through the ice, Eskimos with chain saws cutting beathing holes for the whales and borrowing some of the ice equipment at Prudhoe the two surving whales got freed by a couple of russian icebreakers that the goverment asked to come over.

Anyway my favorite comment about the whole debacle was when one of the local TV stations did one of those "Street Opinion" pieces on the whales in Anchorage. They asked this one old native lady about the whales and she said, "Well, when I was a girl back in the village, if three whales had gotten trapped in the ice, it would have been a very happy day in the villiage"

Quoting Clipperhawaii (Reply 30):
Why use a shovel when you can use a....

Just don't use explosives........ http://www.katu.com/news/story.asp?ID=49982
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 11:37 am

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 19):
The point of this thread however, was the plight of this particular whale . . . and, in true A-Net fashion, there's always at least one member that must come along and ruin a thread simply because the sentiment isn't the same. . . adding absolutely frickin' nothing to the thread at all.

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:11 pm

Quoting A346Dude (Reply 39):
Millions of people are saddened by the death of this whale.

Yet, tonight they might enjoy a steak without even a thought as to the animal it came from.

Does this strike anyone else as odd?

Not one damn bit.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 41):
Anyway my favorite comment about the whole debacle was when one of the local TV stations did one of those "Street Opinion" pieces on the whales in Anchorage. They asked this one old native lady about the whales and she said, "Well, when I was a girl back in the village, if three whales had gotten trapped in the ice, it would have been a very happy day in the villiage"

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A whole different perspective . . .

. . . .

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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 12:51 pm

Quoting Espion007 (Reply 37):
You know your a real downer?

Yeah, he can be really pragmatic at times.

Quoting L-188 (Reply 41):
Do you remember 1986, when those three grays got caught in the ice up by Barrow?

I read the Reader's Digest condensed version of the book about the event. It was interesting.
 
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 1:09 pm

Quoting 777236ER (Reply 40):
They surrounded it with speakers in the water in order to surrounded it with a 'wall of sound' in order to stop it.

You know this raises the same question that I had when the news about using rock music to torture afghani prisoners and to drive out Manuel Noriega came out.

Mainly, what do the artists who came up with the music feel about it being used to drive or torture people.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 1:16 pm

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 43):
""A parked car over a quarter of a mile from the blast site was the target of one last chunk. Fortunately, no one was hurt as badly as the car. However, everyone was covered with small particles of dead whale. ""

Yeah it was a pretty impressive explosion in the video.
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 1:40 pm

Quoting Brettbrett21 (Reply 21):
A whale swimming up the Thames is news, in that it is an unusual event and people are interested.

22,000 children dieing everyday isn't an unusual event because it happens exactly that, every day. You can't really expect to read the same headline every day.

I was thinking the same thing before I came upon your post, familiarity breeds contempt and God knows there have been enough headlines about human tragedy over the years, eventually you ignore it because it has become lessened by the barrage of information.

The whale story was something that has never happened in London, it gripped the imagination of the traditionally animal-friendly British people (remember the outcry when the police horse was injured in the IRA bombing in London?) .

When the time comes to report on starving children again and someone reads it who might have passed it over a couple of days ago, some good has come from the whale "hysteria".
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 2:12 pm

Quoting Gofly (Thread starter):
Whale In The Thames!

Didn't I tell you not to flush that thing down the loo!
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RE: Whale In The Thames!

Sun Jan 22, 2006 2:50 pm

I saw the coverage on TV Friday night and it was very sad to learn that it died.....

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