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April 24, 2005 7:06 PM   Subscribe

UN investigator who exposed US army abuse forced out of his job.
posted by Pretty_Generic (47 comments total)

 
img-tag-removilarity ensues.
posted by delmoi at 7:07 PM on April 24, 2005


Obviousfilter?
posted by clevershark at 7:09 PM on April 24, 2005




/Boo
posted by mrblondemang at 7:09 PM on April 24, 2005


THIS ISN'T FARK.

/also boo.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:11 PM on April 24, 2005


The UN eliminated Mr Bassiouni's job last week after Washington had pressed for his mandate to be changed so that it would no longer cover the US military.

So... what could the US have done to the UN if the UN refused the 'request'? Is there a reason the UN caved-in like a French airport?
posted by PurplePorpoise at 7:14 PM on April 24, 2005


good use of the obvious tag.
posted by joedan at 7:14 PM on April 24, 2005


I'm not as much of a MeFi "purist" as others (which I expect to arrive with furious anger any minute), but come on, you know better.
posted by Ynoxas at 7:16 PM on April 24, 2005


Is there a reason the UN caved-in like a French airport?

I'm guessing it's because the UN has a lot of buildings that look like Chinese embassies from a bombardier's point of view.
posted by clevershark at 7:18 PM on April 24, 2005


P_G - upon reflection, maybe 'obvious' in the tag would have gone over better than a Fark 'obvious' tag... not to mention more mefi-like in its subtlety?
posted by PurplePorpoise at 7:20 PM on April 24, 2005


They should be held responsible under the doctrine of "command responsibility," it said.

But they haven't been, at all. I guess they're housecleaning in advance of Bolton's arrival (and his lopping off of 10 stories of the bldg?)
posted by amberglow at 7:24 PM on April 24, 2005


IMAGES?!!!!

god damn hipsters
posted by TwelveTwo at 7:26 PM on April 24, 2005


Does this mean we will soon have boobies and wieners?
posted by srboisvert at 7:28 PM on April 24, 2005


I would hit it.
posted by qwip at 7:29 PM on April 24, 2005


Ok, rather than discuss the substance of the post, let's all busy ourselves proclaiming our intellectual and even moral superiority to fark.com.

WE R 1337! WE PWN0R5 FARK.COM!!1!1!


(Oh, and clevershark, despite not finding it necessary to disambiguate himself from fark.com, wins the thread.)
posted by orthogonality at 7:39 PM on April 24, 2005


God-damn , thats funny.. if only because all the old ladies get worked up ...

Hell, lets start throwing pies.
posted by R. Mutt at 7:44 PM on April 24, 2005


This thread is useless better without pictures.
posted by eriko at 7:49 PM on April 24, 2005


I bet dollars to donuts every single person who complained in this thread actually read or will read fark.com sometime during today.
posted by nightchrome at 7:51 PM on April 24, 2005


nightchrome - Is that a bad thing? I get my news there, and I'm not ashamed to admit it.
posted by bh at 7:55 PM on April 24, 2005


I went to fark for the first time in 2 years yesterday. I felt like an alcoholic getting a sniff of the booze. But the photoshop threads are still fun.

Anyway, on metatopic, if there is any more appropriate use for P_G's none-too-subtle act of civil disobedience, I can't think of it. That was a really fantastic novelty.

Now, on topic, is anyone surprised? Just imagine if Herr Bolton gets the UN Ambassador's position. He'll be able to bang his shoe around and get people fired any time he wants.

(ok, ok, this isn't about Bolton, but still..)
posted by socratic at 7:56 PM on April 24, 2005


Your dog wants a new pony.
posted by thatweirdguy2 at 7:57 PM on April 24, 2005



posted by furtive at 8:05 PM on April 24, 2005


I never heard of FARK until I heard about it here in Metafilter.
But that was way back when I was a non-posting, lurking, trolling wannabe..

But back on topic.. Is this just a little friendly slapping in the face so the UN can get used to the HARD ASS FUCKING it's supposedly going to get with Bolton?

Foreplay, if you will...?
posted by Balisong at 8:06 PM on April 24, 2005


bh - Not a bad thing at all, I'm just saying that criticizing the use of an image tag because it's used on Fark...as though everyone here were somehow above such things...is hypocritical.
posted by nightchrome at 8:07 PM on April 24, 2005


nightchrome - Point taken.

But furtive wins the thread.
posted by bh at 8:13 PM on April 24, 2005


Oh no no no please not the fark tags I don't want to see Metafilter turned into a viral marketing stereotype sex grotesque cliche exploiting site
posted by elpapacito at 8:14 PM on April 24, 2005


I bet dollars to donuts every single person who complained in this thread actually read or will read fark.com sometime during today.
posted by nightchrome at 9:51 PM CST on April 24 [!]


You lose. I don't think I've been to FARK in 2005.

Now, do I win the dollars? Or the donuts?

Also, it's not criticism of "an image tag"... which, btw, generally IS frowned upon here... it is the usgae of a quite particular image tag, one that is more-or-less a trademark of another site.
posted by Ynoxas at 8:15 PM on April 24, 2005


I don't like it when people just repost fpp links they scraped off of Fark, but I fail to see how clever use of an image tag in the style Fark uses is going to corrupt and destroy mefi.
posted by nightchrome at 8:16 PM on April 24, 2005


nightchrome - exactly. Ignore it and it'll go away. 'though I guess this dogpile slapdown on P_G will discourage it in the future, for anyone who has seen this thread. I pre-emptively feel sorry for the next poor sod who thinks that it'd be a good idea to pull the same stunt.

But whatever (and my own snark aside), this is really important, newsfilterish as it may be. Is the UN losing strategically to build up a better 'end game' or has the USA got such a militaristically strong hand that it can, basically, do whatever the fucking hell it wants?

Since that was French, I'm not apoligzing for the language.
posted by PurplePorpoise at 8:24 PM on April 24, 2005


In other news, Duke sucks.
posted by gimonca at 8:25 PM on April 24, 2005


Back on topic, it's sad that even saying "why doesn't anybody do something about this kind of thing?" is just tired and mock-worthy now. The truth of the matter is that even when attempts to hush up whistle-blowers are this blatant, nobody cares.
posted by nightchrome at 8:26 PM on April 24, 2005


Was it P_G's use of the tag that doomed this thread to off-topicness, or was it the people who complained about it?

Realists will say he should have expected it and if he wanted real discussion, he should not have used it.

Idealists will say the important thing is to stay on topic despite distractions, and people shouldn't complain without introducing substance.

Me? I'm just stirring the pot.
posted by Mr. Gunn at 8:31 PM on April 24, 2005


So was this lifted off of Fark? Not a surprise if so, after all major blogs & forums emulate eachother, don't they? We should be glad that they do, that's how news gets around in my only-computer-literate generation.
posted by Citizen Premier at 9:10 PM on April 24, 2005


MetaTalk.
posted by me3dia at 9:13 PM on April 24, 2005



posted by wendell at 9:22 PM on April 24, 2005


srboisvert: Does this mean we will soon have boobies and wieners?
posted by shoepal at 9:27 PM on April 24, 2005


meh
posted by mathowie at 9:41 PM on April 24, 2005


Is this just a little friendly slapping in the face so the UN can get used to the HARD ASS FUCKING it's supposedly going to get with Bolton?

Hey, if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...
posted by loquax at 9:41 PM on April 24, 2005


So yet another example surfaces of the massive rot that pervades the U.S. Army, and people are worried about a Fark image tag?

Anywho, here's the full text of Bassiouni's report. Coalition actions start at about page 16.
posted by schroedinger at 9:50 PM on April 24, 2005



posted by fandango_matt at 11:09 PM on April 24, 2005


Loquax is right, the US doesn't even deserve to be recognized as a body since it's been involved in sex and torture scandals.
posted by Space Coyote at 11:31 PM on April 24, 2005


'So... what could the US have done to the UN if the UN refused the 'request'?' Caved in like an Oklahoma government building?
posted by i_cola at 2:27 AM on April 25, 2005


I don't know about the rest of you, but I hear that France Surrenders.
posted by shmegegge at 2:48 AM on April 25, 2005


What's Fark?
posted by effwerd at 4:31 AM on April 25, 2005


Where is the pancake bunny?
posted by rzklkng at 6:06 AM on April 25, 2005


Have you guys ever kissed a girl?
posted by bardic at 7:58 AM on April 25, 2005


"The truth of the matter is that even when attempts to hush up whistle-blowers are this blatant, nobody cares."

Apathy is the new black.

Many (younger - no offense) people I've talked to said he shouldn't have spoken up if he expected to keep his job.

Perhaps power is the new black?
posted by Smedleyman at 10:10 AM on April 25, 2005


Send in Ackbar. Or Domo-Kun. You choose.
posted by dreamsign at 9:35 PM on April 25, 2005


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