Oh, The Irony

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A trapper who was out in the wild with his wife and baby shot a bear which may have just killed them.

Fur Trapper Kills Grizzly Bear

On Monday afternoon, Mr. Roesholt had almost finished the return trek from his trapline to the family’s cabin when a grizzly bear appeared and charged him, the authorities said.

He pulled out a gun and killed the bear, but soon discovered a gruesome sight: Outside the cabin were the bodies of his wife, Valerie Theoret, 37, and their daughter, Adele Roesholt, who was 10 months old.
 

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Cyclist berates car driver who is using mobile phone, driver claiming that he can drive and use the phone safely. Unfortunately the driver then rear-ends another car in traffic, all caught on the cyclist's camera! Delicious.

https://road.cc/content/news/252961...n-drive-safely-while-using-phone-then-crashes
The comments are good -

The evidence shows that mobile phoning affects the ability to drive for up to five minutes after. And being a complete plonker, that affects it too.
Like most drivers, he thinks he's better than average and can retain full control of a motor vehicle in extremely complex situations while on the phone, when he isn't even in control without the phone. I think we have a possible podium candidate for "Total and Utter Plonker, 2018".
Love it! Used to work for a company that'd constantly ring and text my mobile between jobs. If it was when I was driving I'd ignore it and they'd kick off because I wouldn't answer. 'So-and-So ALWAYS answers! Why don't you?'

I'd say 'Naah, I don't use the phone when I'm driving, it's dangerous. I might kill someone. No point ringing me.' They didn't like it.
 

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I see Kevin Spacey’s star got off lightly then.
There is a rumor/spin going around that is trying to humanize the whole Kevin Spacey rape thing in a more positive direction by suggesting that he drugged and raped Justin Bieber. Personally I think that would just demonstrate that he had awful taste.
 

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This strikes me as irony in action ...

A Texas sheriff's department has deployed cardboard cutouts of officers using radar guns along byways to deter speeders.

In the news item apparently intended to extol this strategy's effectiveness:

https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2019/0...eputies-to-deter-speeders/2761547147157/?sl=6

... the sheriff is quoted as saying:
He means deploying the cutouts slows down drivers without taking up other resources. It's a policy that works well in certain circumstances.
Some British police forces (I forget where) have tried placing full-sized police car 'cutouts' on bridges over motorways and noticed reductions in numbers of speeding offences.

Just reminding drivers that the police might be lurking nearby is often enough to slow them down.
 

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He means deploying the cutouts slows down drivers without taking up other resources. It's a policy that works well in certain circumstances. ...
Yes, I know, and I agree with the intent. This is one of those stories that may hinge on dialect.

In current American workplace parlance, "working the problem" is a common way of saying "working on the problem" - i.e., engaging or doing something about the problem. The sheriff's statement about 'solving' the problem without 'working' it can be readily parsed as (e.g.) "moving it off our to-do list without really doing anything about it."
 

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Sorry about the politics but I find this very ironic:
https://unherd.com/2019/01/no-bregets-10-predictions-for-2019/

Theresa May has always reminded me of Bruce Willis in the Die Hard franchise. There was always a scene in which Willis would be getting shot at by Uzi submachine guns. To survive, he would grab the nearest dead body and use it for cover as he ran across a room full of bad guys. For the Conservative Party, Prime Minister May is that dead body. :)

And the author had his own encounter with irony:

The last time I made a prediction in public, I ended up eating my own book on national television. To be fair, the prediction was not that bad. … The story went viral. Although virtually every election forecaster had also miscalculated, many by a much bigger margin, I was the only one to find my book-filled cheeks adorning the pages of Mumbai News. It was probably not my finest hour, even if my mother found it hilarious and my publisher was delighted to shift a few more books. So, having completely failed to learn from my mistakes, here are another 10 predictions to see us through 2019. Just don’t remind me about them at the end of the year.

That's true:
 
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