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  1. 13 points
    I am not the Duke of Edinburgh. Please desist from spreading unfounded rumours.
  2. 9 points
    ‘My mother has told the company “absolutely not” because she doesn’t drink gin and certainly would not put her name to anything alcoholic,’ says Dame Vera’s daughter, Virginia Lewis-Jones.
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    He must be the ONLY royal to be seen socialising with a convicted paedophile ..........
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    When Jimmy Carter dies it’s probably going to take at least a week before he gets back to building houses.
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    He survived 24 years leading an unstable state.
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    Hello Everyone, as the 2019 season is coming to a close and two contestants are trying to have that lucky shot at the end of the current competition, let us take a look forward and announce the 2020 version of the Death By Numbers deadpool. Initially designed by Shaun of the Dead / Sean, then hosted by RadGuy / Phantom of the Midway, then taken over by me, this is where you can all the names you didn't quite have the space for in your other teams - because this is where you have to enter 50 names for a complete team. The general rules: Send me 50 main team names by pm or just post them in this thread, if you want, from Dec 1st until Dec 31st 2019, 23:59 GMT. You can choose one joker with double points - and you can also submit up to five substitutes in case one of your 50 dies before the end of the submission window. You may also choose new subs before the game starts if they die. Submission form: A little change from last year - just give them in the normal "First name", "Last name" format You don't need to number them before! No birthdays anymore! And only note their claim to fame if there might be confusion, for example: Kamala Harris (wrestler) Kamala Harris (US senator) My intent is to be able to just enter the submission into excel and connect them with my database. The rest should follow. The scoring is [year of birth] - 1900 = score. So someone born in 2001 will get 101 points in case of death You may submit the following people: living, not having set a precise date of death (by execution, dignitas, or whatever), at least 18 years old on the beginning of January 1st, 2020, and being somewhat notable. "Somewhat notable" means: they should at least be notable for something else aside from being terminally ill. "Something else" being something that has an effect on society. Terminally ill activists are okay if they've done at least something generally beneficial, a campaign, a book, a court case, or fundraising that might affect other people. If they're only in the news because of their tragedy or because they need our sympathy I will not accept them. So no "cancer mums with cancer kids", no "terminally ill fans", no "ordinary person in a coma because of a car crash". This also counts for brothers/sisters/children of notable people - unless they are so notable that every relative is also notable by default, like the House of Windsor, or maybe the Bush family. Unfortunately, it is me who will decide if the person is famous enough. Previous BBC coverage in whatever form will convince me. Just as an example: Criscilla Anderson - no! Jose Santa Cruz - no! Litsa Menounos - no! Roberta McCain - okay - she has a WIkipedia page, too. Small addition: "Oldest Person of XYZ" will always be allowed - even a completely irrelevant person (in the grand scheme of things) will be accepted if they are the oldest person of their country, or last survivor of World War II, Korean War, etc... Usually those people do not give many points, but maybe 5 pts is better than zero? Anyway, I will allow them. Substitution phase: On the 1st of July 2020 GMT you may switch 5 old people for 5 new ones for whom all the above rules also apply. When is a hit a hit: If the person permanently dies in 2020 (GMT!) and their death gets noticed in written form by qualifying media outlets within 2020 or the first seven days of 2021. The qualifying media outlets, i.e. QO rules are as such: Everything accepted by the Derby Dead Pool 2020 plus The New York Times. Your host: I will also submit a team and will do so two posts below by December 15th at latest and hide the names with "XXXXX XXXXX" and reveal them on January 1st. I will submit a bit later than last year, but then I want to avoid last year's situation, where I ran out of subs and then filled the gaps with "new" names, especially Edmund Capon, who revealed his illness mid-December. So I hope I will not run out of subs if I submit a little later. As a change over last year, I will also make use of the substitution window, but only use 2 names. After all, there's always a pretty broad consensus of a couple of names (this year: Ivan Milat, Michael Sleggs, Tom Long), so I wouldn't steal anyone's names by picking those who are universally known anyway. Also, I will substitute on the 30th of June, so you can see my two names. I will not read your submission emails until January 1st (I think you can check that) to prevent the impression that I might take a name from your posts for other deadpools. This also means that I might discuss borderline acceptable picks with you on January 1st or 2nd. We will have to talk then. If you're unavailable I will replace an unqualifying name with one of your substitutions. If you post your team right in this thread, you save me some work but also give away names. If you pm me, please make sure that I know what the mail is about in the header "Death By Numbers", "Team submission" or something like that. If you have other questions, you can also ask in this thread!
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    Just home after a busy day. Caught it on TV this afternoon. Always objectively laughing with the silliness of the world while at the same time absolutely loving the world. A top class thinker who was always one of us. Nothing he did was without substantiating and affirming our own idiocy and our own brilliance. I'd like to thank him for making me laugh, making me think, making me weep. Probably simultaneously. RIP.
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    Happy 80th Birthday, Tina Turner! “I look great. I feel good. I have gone through some very serious sicknesses that I am overcoming. It’s like having a second chance at life." Seems like she is very positive and optimistic about her age, health and life. She's simply the best!!! https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/music-legend-tina-turner-shares-20960167
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    idk she looks pretty healthy in that photo to me
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    For those of you who haven't visited the site in the past 24 hours, the first sign of the changeover has taken place.
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    George 'Johnny' Johnson is 98 today.
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    Clearly this is something you know fuck-all about.
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    This sentence needs a comma; is it going after ‘bar’ or ‘in’?
  20. 5 points
    Form Guide #11- Tulsi Gabbard Enemies of Hilary Clinton have some of the highest rates of suicide and depression.
  21. 4 points
    No real idea which thread this belongs in, but it's undoubtedly political in nature and deserves as wide an audience as possible imho. He got me anyway. Below is a post from former chief fire officer from Derbyshire fire and rescue (very good and highly respected chief) Grenfell... Who’d be a fire chief? Who’d be a firefighter? I’ve not read the Grenfell Inquiry yet. Something to look forward to next week. As a firefighter, you spend decades being told to follow procedures and training. They work, fires get put out, you get to go home safely. You are told you did a good job, you are audited and the auditors tell you that you are competent and professional. It is reaffirming and reassuring. Step outside those procedures and you fail your assessment, you are not competent. You don’t want to be there. All these procedures are written to tackle fire in buildings built to a regulated standard. The building is supposed to behave in a predictable way. Arm Chair enthusiasts would imagine that fire is not predictable. Well, you are wrong, it is a matter of scientific fact that fire develops and behaves predictably depending on the fuel, air and environment. That is why firefighters can have standard operating procedures (SOPs) that for the most part work and do the job. If fire was unpredictable you could not have an SOP. For decades building regs worked and we never suffered a Grenfell even in the 80 and 90s when there were 40% more fires than we have today. Likelihood and severity, you’ve heard these banded around. In the nineties the likelihood was massive but it seems nowadays the severity has mushroomed as whole buildings are burning down on a regular basis. If you ever drove through Salford in the 90s a single burnt-out flat was a common sight as you looked up at the high rise buildings. Like a broken tooth. A fire put out using tried and tested procedure in a building designed to contain the fire to the flat of origin. Most people in the other flats wouldn’t even know that a fire had occurred until the morning after. No common fire alarm, no mobile phones yet a successful outcome and no mass evacuation. Why? Because the buildings were not wrapped in flammable material allowing unchecked spread up the facade and ingress through windows. Because the internal separation was solid and fire-resistant, because mostly the fire doors unless vandalised worked. At this time the fire brigade was the responsible authority for fire legislation. We issued fire certificates and our word was law. Admittedly we didn’t issue certs on domestic property but such was our regulatory power in other premises the local authority building control accepted that we knew what we were about and went with our recommendation All that changed through deregulation at the end of the 90s. (The reform act of 2005 in fact). I was in fire protection at the time and I remember the old hands predicting a disaster. It was like giving the kids the keys to the sweet shop. Building owners were now (2006) responsible for the fire safety standards in the same way a manager is responsible for health and safety at work. Some do it well, some do it badly, some do what they can afford and hope it’s enough. Well, it’s not good enough and it is coming home to roost. As a chief, you expect your firefighters to follow the policy and be competent, you have the dubious pleasure of being ultimately responsible for making sure that this is the case. It is a massive responsibility, you do your best. You audit the boys and girls to death. They are sick of being assessed. But they are safe, competent and they go home at the end of the shift. Grenfell. Imagine turning up at a building where everything has gone wrong the whole fire protection system had failed and the fire is spreading through what should be concrete fire-resistant rooms and up the outside beyond your capability to reach it. You now need to tell 200 firefighters to forget everything they ever learned and do things completely outside of every procedure they have trained on. Things that could get them killed. It’s a miracle none were. Every fibre in your body is screaming to do something new and evacuate whilst every professional brain cell is saying “are you mad” if you evacuate the people in the flats with no breathing apparatus they are doomed and it will be seen to have been your call. Evacuating a burning building means taking people from what you understand to be a place of relative safety (or at least it should be if built right) and asking them to enter smoke-filled corridors and stairs knowing some won’t make it. We are talking about people of all ages and abilities here. Your mum, your grandad, your kids. What would you do? How brave are you now sitting in your armchair with the daily mail sword drawn about to slay the guilty? Making life and death decisions outside of policy because a building had been let slide as a result of a succession of systematic governmental failure, safe in the knowledge that if you lose one firefighter or members of the public are found in stairwells dead you will be squarely in the frame of “going outside of procedure”. Not so easy is it. It is no surprise that candidates for chief fire officers jobs total one or two per position when advertised these days. I stand with Dany Cotton and I stand with London Fire Brigade. I look forward to part two of the report that looks at root cause including building regs and I sincerely hope the author does his job properly. I hope everyone understands that firefighters turn up when everyone else’s risk assessment had gone wrong and are tasked with sorting out the mess. We are not chefs, a missed instruction does not result in a ruined dish. We have to take what ingredients we have been given and bake a cake on the hoof whilst the kitchen is on fire and then have some armchair baker who may have watched his mum make a jam tart once tell us how well we have done. Don’t get me started on sprinklers. I’ve been vocal, been on the telly, been sat in front of ministers with hard evidence to prove the case and been fobbed off. Politics is at the root of Grenfell, I doubt any politician will be vilified in the way firefighters and chiefs have this week Who’d be a chief? Who’d be a firefighter now?
  22. 4 points
    Pictured at Ed Asner's 90th birthday do earlier this month: Looking a bit older, but still fantastic for 93. It wouldn't be a surprise if she were to outlive him. And she clearly wants to get her money's worth out of that top!
  23. 4 points
    Have a small and tired update: Two people score with the late Julie Gibson obit. DDT gets two unique hits with al-Baghdadi and Edwin Bramall. Two more people had Gay Byrne. And I had previously missed to give drol points for Leah Bracknell, and Cpt. Chorizo for José José. I had updated the score in the meantime without posting here... so I am not 100% sure, but 99% sure that Ivan Milat is also a new hit, pushing Banana onto the podium, plus another hit for drol (and a couple others). Rank Team name Points 1 Death Impends 1439 2 Clorox Bleachman 1425 3 Banana 1277 3 Joey Russ 1277 5 Phantom of the Midway 1249 6 GCReptile 1229 7 Cpt Chorizo 1216 8 Grim Up North 1191 9 Skinny Kiltrunner 1088 10 Devon Death Trip 1084 11 drol 1067 12 msc 969 13 Sir Creep 911 14 Book 815 15 John Key 712 16 The Unknown Man 640 17 The Quim Reaper 601 18 Prophet 566 19 YoungWillz 542 20 Grave Danger 532 21 Yorkshire Banker 450 22 theoldlady 430 23 The mad hatter 405 24 Fixed Business 401 25 The old crem 334 26 Deathray 314 27 Pedro 67 295 28 markb4 293 29 Gooseberry Crumble 279 30 Bibliogryphon 260
  24. 4 points
    2020= about time Super Gran is one of the 50 names on Deathlist.net
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    It's not actually. 9 times out of 10 in these situations mass death is caused by panic and crowd crushes rather than actual fire, so the fire brigade try to avoid that as well as put out the fire. In the case of Grenfell, no one had bothered to tell the fire service about the flammable cheap cladding, so they worked on the standard principle: avoid panic, isolate area of fire, evacuate the necessary, put out fire. The firemen used the safety advice that helps to save thousands of British lives every year. Its just that in this instance, crucial information was kept from them and the residents, and well, the results were as they are. JRM is using hindsight to judge and thus is open to criticism.
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