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The birds attacking helmets in Oregon sounds like the Magpies in Australia that were attacking helmets. I saw a video of some university project where they rode past the same spot with helmet and without. The helmetless rider was not attacked.

The birds may not fear the rider, they fear the helmet.

NYT on the Europe transit again makes it seem obvious that editors think they can rack up controversy and eyeballs by distorting the headlines and the ledes. So instead of straight forward explanatory reporting, they have to try to stir up conflict artificially. It's worse than old fashioned sensationalism, in the sense that its goal isn't to artificially outrage, but rather to create artificial conflict, and, at worse, hatred. Journalism at its (not) best.

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