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Some real life nasty stuff that actually hurts people is happening in the world if you can bear to tear yourselves away from JR/RB for a second.

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Callisto Fri 31-Oct-08 08:55:27

news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7701269.stm

Really, an alien reading the In The News section of MN would (rightly) think that we have our priorities all wrong. No news has been discussed this week apart from endless threads about 2 pathetic, insecure men. How bizarre when there is the US election, credit crunch, Pakistan financial meltdown, etc etc to discuss. Perhaps you could all stop agonising about irrelevant crap and put some of your energies into something that actually matters?

travellingwilbury Fri 31-Oct-08 08:58:45

Well said

Anna8888 Fri 31-Oct-08 09:00:04

This is a parenting forum, and so most discussions on MN pertain to parenting.

If I want to discuss the credit crunch etc, I do so in other places smile.

Don't berate MNers for not discussing the wider world here.

Callisto Fri 31-Oct-08 09:05:06

Sorry, this is the In The News section of a parenting forum. If you want to discuss parenting there are about 30 other sub-forums to do it in. This is THE place to discuss the credit crunch etc. As far as I know, mothers actually want to discuss things other than parenting (and salacious celeb gossip).

JodieO Fri 31-Oct-08 09:07:30

I tend to discuss such issues in RL. Just because people aren't falling over themselves to talk about some things doesn't mean they aren't interested, maybe they, like me, talk about them in RL or other places instead.

Upwind Fri 31-Oct-08 09:08:27

FFS, does anyone really have a contentious opinion on the human catastrophe in Congo? I come here for dicussion and argument, not to actually read the news! That is what the BBC website is for.

If you have any interesting insight into this awful situation in the Congo, please go ahead and share it instead of preaching about what people should and should not debate.

Anna8888 Fri 31-Oct-08 09:08:38

But I want to talk about those things with a whole range of people, not just mothers smile. There are lots of other places to discuss topical issues with a wide audience who are informed and interested.

hatrickortreat Fri 31-Oct-08 09:08:51

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FlameNPumpkins Fri 31-Oct-08 09:10:23

I am sick of talking about election and "credit crunch" (Fkin annoying phrase).

Plus I am more likely to contribute to news threads if there is some information in the thread!! At least change the link to say what it is about!!!

Callisto Fri 31-Oct-08 09:11:32

Hardly preaching what should/shouldn't be discussed. Just fed up with the crap being discussed atm. And the whole JR/RB thing is hardly contentious. Just lots of people saying 'they should be sacked' and lots of other people saying 'no they shouldn't'.

RubyShivers Fri 31-Oct-08 09:11:55

if you don't like a thread, hide it

JodieO Fri 31-Oct-08 09:12:39

If you don't like those threads then don't open them, I'm not interested in them either and so I don't open them. It's not up to me what people discuss though and if others are interested (as they clearly are) then so be it.

hatrickortreat Fri 31-Oct-08 09:13:57

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Upwind Fri 31-Oct-08 09:14:17

The wider debate sparked by the JR/RB incident as to how the BBC should be using public money is interesting. The vicious response to Georgina Baillie's story is really worthy of discussion.

WHAT INSIGHT HAVE YOU GOT TO CONTRIBUTE ABOUT THIS AWFUL SITUATION IN THE CONGO? This is a discussion forum, we all look elsewhere for reporting of the news.

MurderousMarla Fri 31-Oct-08 09:15:01

So to encourage discussion, you criticise what people are choosing to discuss, and post a link without any comment of your own whatsoever?

expatinscotland Fri 31-Oct-08 09:16:55

Because a lot of us are sick to the back teeth of hearing about the 'credit crunch'/recession and the US election.

And besides, I started a perfectly good thread on here in the late hours about accidental beauty substitutes.

CrushWithEyeliner Fri 31-Oct-08 09:17:01

what an utterly patronising OP. Real charmer aren't you?

yarooo Fri 31-Oct-08 09:19:14

like i said on your other thread, piss off with you snide, smug, holier than thou attitude

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Fri 31-Oct-08 09:34:26

Er I think a big part of the debate about RB & JR is that far too much attention is being paid to a silly immature 'joke' and that a) the reaction has been OTT and b) there are far more important things happening in the world.

That's certainly my view. Others disagree. They think the RB and JR thing to be important. We're having a debate about it, about that issue. Not really about whether the thing should have been broadcast or not (think everyone agrees it shouldn't have been).

jimjamshaslefttheyurt Fri 31-Oct-08 09:35:14

So I'm not really sure what your point is.

TheFallenMadonna Fri 31-Oct-08 09:37:01

What is your comment on these situations Callisto? How are you putting your energies into them?

Hulababy Fri 31-Oct-08 09:37:14

Sorry these thread titles are really patronising. People are capable of choosing for themselves what news to read, what to post on and where. Just because there are threads on one story doesn't mean people aren't aware of or interested in other news.

filz Fri 31-Oct-08 09:38:35

it is on EVERYTHING
every single bloody tv program
all the papers
all over mumsnet

i dont frigging care

Hulababy Fri 31-Oct-08 09:38:48

And just putting links up to differetnstories is hardly commenting or discussing it. I thought that was the purpose of In The News - to discuss news articles. OP offers no comment or discussion on the story linked too, just a criticicm towards other news stories some MN menmenrs are posting about.

expatinscotland Fri 31-Oct-08 09:39:37

and some people are currently spending time on hold trying ot get tickets for the Take That concert.

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