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Donald Trump Seems To Think He Can Buy Greenland, As In The Country

What, too scared to make a bid on China?

By this stage in the presidency you’d think that we’d all have become immune to the weird news about Donald Trump, but then he reportedly asks for staff to look into buying Greenland and realise there’s no vaccine for this level of peculiar.

To be fair, it looks very pretty.

There are questions about how serious the idea is, with some aides insisting that it’s a joke that’s gone too far and others pointing out that Trump’s been asking about it for weeks – which is in itself unusual for the easily-distracted world leader.

Then again, Trump is meeting with Denmark’s leaders in a fortnight, and Greenland is a self-governing bit of the Kingdom of Denmark – and a lot of people are wondering if he’s going to write a number on a piece of paper and push it meaningfully over the table.

It’s not entirely clear why Trump is so enamoured of the idea.

It’s most likely because of its strategic importance – there’s a US-run NATO military base on the north of the island – but maybe it’s Greenland’s natural resources, or maybe it’s the idea of adding another state as per Eisenhower declaring Alaska and Hawaii’s statehoods in 1959.

Or maybe he doesn’t understand how the familiar Mercator projection distorts the size of things on maps and thinks that there’s a country the size of the US almost on top of them and it’s either bomb ’em or buy ’em.

And while it’s an eye-catchingly odd notion, the wildest thing about it is that it’s something the US government have looked into twice before.

The US attempted to buy Greenland once in the late 1800s (when they contemplated buying both Iceland and Greenland) and once in 1946 when they made an actual offer (Denmark declined to sell).

And geologically they’re part of the North American tectonic plate (well, most of Iceland is: it’s on the edge, hence all them volcanoes) so you can expect a number of pro-Trump media to start making arguments about how the US has a historical claim to the islands. After all, it’s a stronger one than Hawaii.

Anyway, we look forward to the chants of Make America Greenland Again at all upcoming rallies.

A Creepy Guy Wearing A TV Is Leaving TVs On People’s Porches And Why Isn’t This Already A Horror Film

If they come to life and start attacking people, don't say you weren't warned.

There’s something very, very unsettling about people with no face creeping around at night doing inexplicable things. So the news that there’s a creepy guy with a TV for a head roaming the suburbs of Virginia depositing analogue televisions sets seems… look, we don’t like it.

So far around 60 people have awoken to find a gift of an old school TV outside their door, but it’s the fact that he (?) has the head of a supervillain which concerns us.

People are describing him (?) as a prankster, but we’ve seen enough 80s horror films to know that the TVs are cursed and that they will come alive on Halloween to kill and kill again.

“I can’t think of any technology or political point that would be valid here,” one recipient, Jim Brooksbank, told a local radio station. “It’s just a senseless prank.”

NO JIM THE DEAD CATHODE RAY TUBE WILL SOON CONTAIN YOUR SOUL RUN WHILE YOU CAN.

The Cable Guy, Redux

In any case, the ABC has reported that the superprankstervillain may be liable for charges under the state’s dumping laws. Which is simply proof that Creepy TV Head Guy is operating outside of society, goading Johnny Law to come and have a go.

In any case, anyone planning a horror film which is a thinly veiled metaphor about how screens are turning humans into mindless zombies, here’s your premise.

We suggest calling him “Screentime” but are willing to take notes on that.

Rihanna's Take On Gun Violence Had Neil DeGrasse Tyson Seeing Stars

Ri-Ri knows best.

The recent mass shootings in the US have reminded us how horribly frequent articles with “the recent mass shootings in the US” are these days. And of all the hot responses on social media Rihanna’s take on gun violence generally and the most recent ones in particular cut right to the heart of the matter:

And just to be clear, Rihanna is correct. She is absolutely right to call this terrorism.

There is a rising trend of mass shooters expressing white supremacy ideology in their social feeds and forum memberships. It’s violence motivated by ideology in order to sow fear, horror and distrust.

And Rihanna’s take on gun violence is not hyperbole, given the reports that some of the shooting victims from El Paso were reported worried about going to hospital for fear of getting deported.

Against this background of grief and horror astrosphysicist and TV host Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who has had a less than stellar couple of years, thought he’d make a public return to hot takes with the worst one he could muster…

It’s entirely likely that the data is true, and frankly it’s also pretty horrific (250 suicides? That’s terrifying) – but

a) right after a tragedy isn’t the time to go “eh, such-and-such is worse” if you’re not deliberately and knowingly trying to get people to lash out emotionally in response,

b) it’s a pretty unambiguous attempt to change the subject away from gun violence being a problem, and…

c) it’s a deliberate F-you to those affected, unless there really are situations where where someone was told that it’s a real shame their mum was eaten by a shark but that she’d actually been at higher risk driving to the beach and went “hey, great point, I feel heaps better – say, let’s go roller skating!”

And the criticisms for N deG T’s ill-timed bout of whataboutism came thick and fast, but none were as on point as former Tonightly writer Kara Schlegl:

Thought and prayers were reportedly still not working at press time.

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