DISUM 24-03-2018: Astute retirement plan and Inconceivable Chaos

1. French officer who swapped places with a hostage in terror attack dies – CNN 24.03.2018

A police officer who swapped places with a female hostage during an attack by an ISIS supporter on a supermarket in southern France has died of his wounds, French authorities said.

Lt. Col. Arnaud Beltrame, 45, was shot in the neck Friday after offering to take the place of a woman during a gunman’s assault on the Super U supermarket in Trèbes.
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Last year Beltrame was appointed deputy commander of the anti-terror police in the Aude region.
According to the newspaper La Dépêche du Midi, Beltrame led a simulated terror attack in December on a supermarket for training purposes, similar to the one Friday in which he lost his life.

 

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Far Cry 5’s covfefe is a much-needed reality check for journalists.

This post is a parolation (parody + interpolation) of this article from The Guardian, “Far Cry 5’s violent civil unrest is a much-needed reality check for games.” Unfortunately, this FC5 nonsense came too late for my book, because it’s like the perfect manifestation of the phenomena I describe there.

I recommend reading both articles (The Guardian’s and mine) at the same time, side by side:

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The Simpsons and The Springfield Shopper for bloggers

In Spain, among The Simpsons fans, there is a saying that could be translated as “everything is in The Simpsons” (todo está en Los Simpsons.) That’s usually said after viewing or thinking about a classic (pre 10-12th season) episode and realizing that a fifteen-year-old (or more) American sitcom explains current events better than our own social commentators. Political, social, or cultural issues of all stripes, it doesn’t matter what subject you want to talk about, because Everything Is In The Simpson, and there is a Simpson reference about it somewhere. If you wish to write about an issue, no matter how obscure it may be, there is a Simpson reference somewhere that explains it way better than you ever could.

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