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Gaga And Assange Meet In London, Sparking Endless Bad Internet

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LONDON - Lady Gaga, fresh from a public presentation of her new perfume Fame at London’s Harrods, paid WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange a five-hour visit at the nearby Ecuadorian embassy, where the famous whisteblower has been granted asylum since June.

The meeting between the undisputed Queen of Twitter -- Lady Gaga has recently reached 30 million followers-- and the world's Most Notorious Hacker set the Internet ablaze. On Twitter alone, the sampling of reaction followed several running themes, which taken together remind us that we spend too much time on the Internet.

Bad (Meat) Puns

Lady Gaga visits Julian Assange for dinner. Poor bloke, as if he didn't have enough on his plate... telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/…

— Sanum Ghafoor (@Strange_Sanum) October 9, 2012

Seriously?

The Gaga/Assange dinner is interesting to me because Manning is reported to have listened to Gaga while allegedly DLing Cablegate files.

— Joanne Michele (@sabzbrach) October 9, 2012

Megalomania

Lady Gaga met Julian Assange and they spent an hour arguing over who needed attention more.

— Mark Campbell (@MrWordsWorth) October 9, 2012

Bad romance

Lady Gaga thought it was all cool and counter-culture-y to visit Julian Assange...until things got real rape-y real quick. #stupid

— kitsune26 (@kitsune26) October 9, 2012

More meat puns

Also Assange received Lady Gaga in his undershirt? At least put on a cold cuts dressing gown.

— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) October 9, 2012

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Soft Power Or Sportwashing? What's Driving The Mega Saudi Image Makeover Play

Saudi Arabia suddenly now leads the world in golf, continues to attract top European soccer stars, and invests in culture and entertainment... Its "soft power" strategy is changing the kingdom's image through what critics bash as blatant "sportwashing."

Footballer Karim Benzema, in his Real Madrid kit

Karim Benzema during a football match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on June 04, 2023, in Madrid, Spain.

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-Analysis-

PARIS — A major announcement this week caused quite a stir in the world of professional golf. It wouldn't belong in the politics section were it not for the role played by Saudi Arabia. The three competing world circuits have announced their merger, putting an end to the "civil war" in the world of pro golf.

The Chairman of the new entity is Yassir Al-Rumayan, head of the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund. Add to this the fact that one of the major players in the world of golf is Donald Trump – three of the biggest tournaments are held on golf courses he owns – and it's easy to see what's at stake.

In the same week, we learned that two leading French footballers, Karim Benzema and N'Golo Kanté, were to join Saudi club Al-Ittihad, also owned by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. The amount of the transfer is not known, but it is sure to be substantial. There, they will join other soccer stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo.

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